Eating healthy during winter weather can be a challenge. When it’s cold outside, it’s time for warm, savoury soups and comfort foods. Additionally, it’s not surprising that most of us gain weight during winter. Thankfully, you can still make healthy choices, even during winter. Being intentional with your food choices will help.
Meal Prep Snacks
Meal planning is an essential strategy in successful healthy eating. Here are a few tips to help you along the way:
- Decide on several healthy snacks you enjoy
- Once a week cut up fresh produce and portion out snacks
- Always have a few options nearby
- Eating regularly to avoid last-minute unhealthy decisions
- Schedule a small snack or meal every few hours
Think about Portion Sizes
Although portion control doesn’t sound exciting, it’s the best way to have your cake and eat it too. With comfort foods and self-indulgent desserts taking the stage during winter, it’s not realistic to deprive yourself all the time. But that doesn’t mean your healthy eating plan is finished. Portion control is essential.
Have a Plan for Indulgences
Heading into cooler weather without a plan about how to handle these indulgences is a recipe for disaster. Instead, decide ahead of time when or what you’ll indulge in. One way to do this is to decide on specific times (once or twice a week) or holidays where you’ll allow yourself to indulge. You can also make a list of your favourite winter-time indulgences, and only splurge from items on that list. No matter how you decide to do it, having, a plan will help you make the choices you need to make to enhance your health.
Embrace Healthy Cold-Weather Foods
The changing of the seasons doesn’t automatically mean that all things must be rich in carbohydrates and sugar. Many cold-weather foods make healthy options. Broth-based soups, squash, and roasted vegetables are all good ways to stay warm while still eating healthy. Don’t feel like cooking? Make comfort foods like chicken noodle soup or a roast with vegetables.
Fall and winter don’t need to be full of unhealthy food choices. Planning and being prepared can help you stay on track with your health goals.