Many of us tend to Ã¢â?¬Ë?backslideÃ¢â?¬â?¢ in winter with regards to healthy eating. This is not a surprise, as many of the healthier choices such as salads, cold sandwiches and fruit are no longer appealing on a cold winterÃ¢â?¬â?¢s day. Below are a few alternatives which may be more satisfying, and surprisingly easy to prepare. Enjoy!
Healthy eating tip
Always remember when choosing your food to eat low-fat foods and avoid saturated fats and never skip a meal – this can lead to overindulgence at the next meal.
Warm mince sandwich
Place 2 – 3 tbsp of mince meat and 1 tbsp of grated parmesan on a warm slice of wholewheat toast, or as a topping on a microwaved sweet potato. Initially the mince may take some time to make, but if you prepare a large portion and divide it into small servings which can be frozen, it could last up to two weeks.
Jacket potato with tuna and bean salad
Why not take a raw potato or even better, sweet potato to work. It only needs to be placed in the microwave for 5 Ã¢â?¬â?? 10 mins. Sweet potatoes have a low glycaemic index and are rich in vitamin A to help boost your immune system.
Vegetable ratatouille on wholewheat toast
A great way to use all your winter vegetables. This could also be divided into small portions and frozen. For a low-fat, tasty alternative, try 1 tbsp of low-fat cheese spread, or fat-free cream cheese instead of butter.
Chicken and vegetable soup
It is always a good idea to add a protein such as chicken, beans or lean bacon to your soup. The protein will help to lower the glycaemic load and keep you fuller for longer.Curried butternut and lentil soup with fat-free Bulgarian yoghurt is another delicious alternative.
Struggling to eat fruit in winter?
Try to at least have some dried fruit. Guava contains one of the highest contents of vitamin C, 30g dried guava roll will provide your body with approximately 200mg of vitamin C which is more than double your recommended daily intake. Kiwi fruit, paw-paw, pineapple and citrus fruit are also good sources of vitamin C.
For the sweet tooth!
If youÃ¢â?¬â?¢re craving the taste of chocolate, why not opt for a cup of sugar-free, low-fat hot chocolate instead. Stewed fruit and low-fat custard is a good alternative to warm desserts that are high in calories. Add cinnamon and cloves to the fruit to give it extra flavour.