With all the Christmas indulgences just a few weeks away most of us will be focusing on cutting back on calories. But this time of year seems to trigger a longing for warm, starchy, sweet food. It's not easy to be healthy, or is it?
All that warm winter comfort food can be healthy. Here are a few tips to indulge your hankering for comfort food, keep it healthy and contain the calories.
SOUPS are great choices as a warming starter or light lunch. At this time of year, sweet potatoes, winter squash, leeks, pumpkins, turnips and watercress are all in season.
SALADS aren't just for summer, you can make a wide range of winter salads using root vegetables, watercress, spinach leaves, cabbage, tinned beans or shredded beetroot. Also try winter coleslaw with cabbage, red onion and apple, or couscous with butternut squash and walnuts.
WARM SALADS with pumpkin, roasted vegetables, warm beans, beetroot and cauliflower can all be tasty, healthy and warming. And they're easy to make. Here's a link to lots of delicious healthy warm salads, I hope you find some that you enjoy:
STEWS are easy to make with any type of meat or fish or you can try a vegetable stew with turnip, butternut squash, onion, carrot or cabbage. Add pearl barley, bulgar, beans or lentils to pack it with healthy carbohydrates and added flavour.
Winter veg are packed full of nutrients, so comfort food doesn’t have to be unhealthy –- add extra seasonal vegetables to favourite winter warmers such as chilli, lasagne or bolognaise, for extra flavour.
WARM FRUIT can offer a healthy pack of sweetness: stewed apples, baked pears, carmelised bananas, stewed plums, or any soft fruit are delicious either on their own or on top of yogurt, porridge, granola for a healthy filling snack.
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