I started this post as a follow on from last week when we all had the flu. What better way to welcome the winter and stop all those nasty bugs in their tracks than to eat well ? – Eating well should be a top priority. Most of us start out with good intentions, we know that in order to eat healthy you need to cut out junk and processed food. Put putting it into practise it not always as easy as it sounds – I find that planning meals in advance really helps both in time saved in the supermarket – you have a list so you know exactly what is needed and the other great thing about a list (providing you stick to it of course) is that you wont end up with anything that you don’t need no impulse buys = money saved. That’s got to be a good thing!! Oh and one other tip, never ever shop if you’re hungry if you’re anything like me you’ll end up in the chocolate isle.
These days its essential to follow a healthy lifestyle the busier we are the more likely we are to forget about our diet. You would never dream of putting bad fuel in a car – think what it would do to the engine, the car wouldn’t run well and after a while it might stop running altogether. Its the same with our bodies. Our bodies need nutritous food to help us function better. Because there is less fresh produce around it takes a bit more thought but it is still possible to eat well during the winter months
It just takes a bit of forward planning :
Root veg: Carrots, parsnips are readily available during the winter. Try them in stews and casseroles.
Oatmeal is high in zinc which is essential for a healthy immune system. Its also high in solouble fibre – which is linked to a healthy heart. Staying healthy on a budget? go with old fashioned oats they are just as good just take a little bit longer.
Soup is winters perfect food – go easy on the cream and salt! It’s really simple to make. A family favourite in our house is : 3 med carrots, 3 med leeks, 3 med pot, 2 parsips, 1 onion 2 litres veg stock. 2 tablespoons flour, 100ml milk. Add the veg to the stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 45 min. Then add milk to flour, bring back to boil and simmer for 5 min. Make in batches, freeze and use as required.
Tuna / salmon rolls. Always a good idea to get more fish in our diet!! Salmon and tuna are both high in vit d – this is especailly useful during winter when we don’t see much of the sun which is out main source of vet d.
Broccoli and cauliflower are both really high in vitamin c. Spinach is also very high in antitoxins and all of these can be bought in the frozen aisle in the supermarket. This is a great idea as it saves on waste you get to control the amount tha tyou use.
Snacking can be just as healthy again it just takes a little bit of forward planning. Try snacking on fruit or veg. Bananas work well as they are easy to manage when you are on the go. For something differant try cucumber, apple mixed in with natural yogurt. Popcorn without butter/suger ( sorry) is a great tip. Small portions of dried fruit and nts are readily available in most supermarkets. Raw peanuts (not roasted or salted though) and raisins work really well!!