There are hundreds of reasons why we eat; the least of which is hunger. In the dead of winter with mounds of snow and biting winds, the need to be warm can often be confused with a desire to indulge. Pay close attention to what your body really wants. If it is warmth you are after, an added layer of clothing can go a long way towards sparing your waistline another layer of fat.
The cold can also affect your taste buds. Foods that were easy to consume a few months back, like salads, fruits and raw veggies, are less appealing and feel unsatisfying. The body is looking for heat and the comfort of heavier foods. However, when you are struggling to lose weight, you can’t rely on spaghetti and pizza to stoke your inner furnace. So when hunger strikes, satisfy your body’s need for fire by replacing cold foods with soul satisfying alternatives.
Try substituting clear soups with lots of veggies, instead of cut-up carrots and celery. Roasted root vegetables are a lighter alternative to heavy pasta and grain dishes. Cold salads can be replaced by sautéed greens, like chards and kale, with toppings of beans, onions and crushed bacon.
Now is the time to break out your Le Creuset. One pot meals are easy to make and convenient to take in a thermos. Recipes like spicy chili, ratatouille, stews and bean dishes can all be made in advance, and are so pleasurable on a cold, blustery day.
And don’t forget breakfast. Warm cereals made with any whole grain like brown rice, quinoa or couscous, can be enjoyed for lasting stick-to-your ribs energy. Even baked sweet potatoes or squash can be a satisfying start to the day, with a sprinkle of cinnamon, crushed walnuts and a drizzle of maple syrup.
You can fire it up at any meal with some warm winter spices, such as ginger, turmeric, cardamom, cumin, paprika, pepper and coriander.
When the cold winds blow, you can always find warmth with a full belly or a heavy sweater. Choose wisely.
What is your go-to meal for the winter months? Warm me up below