Winter is here, and so is the time for Christmas and New Year festivities. Celebrating this season with some of the best comfort foods is almost a tradition. However, while we do agree that drinking hot chocolate and eating warm cookies with milk is unavoidable, it should not be overdone.
We have written about some healthy food items that you can incorporate into your diet during the cool winter months when you will feel like overindulging in some less than healthy snacks. It’s all about the balance when you want to stay fit for the New Year!
A perfect vegetable for sweet and savoury dishes, the sweet potatoes have a variety of uses during the holiday and wintertime festivities. With beta-carotene antioxidant, sweet potatoes can be used with spices to give a tasty flavour. Avoid adding more sugar to this food item for a healthy alternative!
This particular fruit has the advantage of being sweet and filling at the same time. Loaded with Vitamin B and antioxidants, pomegranate is perfect when you want to eat that extra piece of sweet dessert. They are perfect also as a midday snack to keep the hunger at bay.
One low carb, low calorie, and low-cost vegetable that you must stock in the pantry during the winter is cabbage. It contains vitamin K which is extremely beneficial for bone health. An additional perk is that cabbage can be eaten in a multitude of ways from salad to stir-fry and can also be used as a wrap instead of buns or tortilla.
A fun fact is that kiwis have more vitamins than oranges. Packed with Vitamins A and K, the kiwifruit can also be mixed or altered with pomegranate as a healthy option for sweet snacks. While it is traditionally eaten without the skin, we recommend keeping the skin on and trying as it has a lot of fibre.
A rare comfort food that is also healthy for you is the winter squash. From acorn to butternut to spaghetti and more they are freshly loaded with vitamins and potassium and can be used in a variety of meal preparations from soup to the main course!