As the cooler weather starts to set in, so does the temptation to skip your workout and sit on the couch in trackies eating doughnuts and drinking hot chocolate. But it doesn’t have to be like that! I understand that it may not be as easy to stay healthy during winter as it is in the warmer months, but let’s make this year different. Let’s keep our winter healthy. Let’s promise to eat seasonal, fresh produce. Let’s say no to binging on comfort foods. Let’s say yes to nourishing our bodies with wholesome winter meals. Let’s stay dedicated to our exercise regimes and keep our bodies fighting fit this winter!
Follow my top 4 tips to ensure you stay healthy and nourish your body this winter, because we all know, “summer bodies are made in winter.”
- Say Yes to Seasonal Winter Foods– If you choose to eat seasonal produce during winter, it means you will be consuming foods that are high in nutrients that your body craves in the cooler months. To keep your immunity high and prevent yourself from catching the common cold and flu this winter, eat citrus fruits that are high in Vitamin C like oranges, mandarins, persimmons, lemons, limes and grapefruit. Use garlic and onion to add flavour to your meals as they contain compounds that stimulate the fighting power of your body’s immune cells (macrophages and T-lymphocytes). Include foods like oily fish, avocado and nuts in your diet each day to give you essential immune-boosting nutrients like Vitamin E, zinc, iron, selenium, protein and omega 3 fats.
When I’m out and about my favourtite grab-and-go is SumoSalad’s Hot Pepper Smoked Tassie Salmon. This winter warmer will supercharge your immune system and help fight off infections as it is full of healthy fats from the salmon and avocado, contains red onion to stimulate your immune cells and contains a bunch of seasonal and local veggies high in the vitamins and minerals needed during winter.
- Say No to Comfort Food & Yes to Healthy Winter Warmers – For many, winter means saying goodbye to light salads and hello to heavy, creamy meals like pasta bakes, cheesy lasagnas and fatty hot pots. But warm meals can be healthy too! Instead of meals loaded with butter, cream, fatty meats and cheeses that will leave you feeling overly full and bloated, not to mention the associated weight gain, choose to warm yourself with meals that are bulked up with nourishing vegetables and healthy grains.
Just like in SumoSalad’s range of Hot Soups and Hot Bowls, you can add a variety of seasonal vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli and pumpkin to your meals and bulk up your lunches and dinners with high-fibre options such as brown rice, lentils, beans and quinoa. This will give a great protein hit to your meals and keep you feeling full, which will help prevent that after dinner snacking.
Soups are not only super healthy, they’re a great way to use up any left over veggies. Add your leftovers to any soup, blitz it up and you’ve created a warm and nourishing meal for a cold winter’s night. Not only will this help reduce food wastage, but it also adds vital nutrients to your diet. Try adding the stalks of cauliflower and broccoli and the leaves from celery and beetroot into your veggie soups.SumoSalad use every bit of the vegetable (think seeds, skin, leaves and even the stalks) to help reduce food waste. They also collaborate with amazing companies such as Oz Harvest; throughout this winter, for every Soup Slammer sold, SumoSalad will make a 50c donation to Oz Harvest!.
- Say Yes to Saying Hydrated– As tempting as it is to replace your water bottle with a cup or coffee or hot chocolate during winter, it’s essential to ensure you still get some H2O. Many of us reduce our fluid intake during the colder months, which can result in dehydration, headaches and overeating (as we often snack when we are dehydrated!). Aim for an average of 2 litres per day, even in winter. Soups, broths and juices can also help keep you hydrated as they contain water, whilst giving you essential nutrients. If you struggle to get your water in, grab one of SumoSalad’s Cold Pressed Juices. They are bursting with essential immune-boosting nutrients like Vitamin C and will help keep you hydrated.
4. Stay Active
Don’t become a couch potato this winter! Even though it might be cold, winter is actually the perfect time to exercise because it will get the blood pumping around your body and raise your core temperature, which will warm you up. Commit to your training sessions, invest in some warm training gear and get out there!
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