Winter is the season that brings out the foodie in all of us. After all, nothing feels better than a warm plate of food during these cold months. Food helps us stay warm and cozy; when it’s delicious, it makes us happy too. We often give into our cravings and eat junk all winter long but it is more important to stay healthy during the winter. Due to the cold, our immune systems are compromised and we are more susceptible to catching colds and other diseases. A healthy diet with lots of fruits and veggies can help us stay healthy all winter. Here are 6 must-eat healthy foods that you could incorporate into your daily meals during the winter.
Healthy Foods in Winter
Chicken Noodle Soup
The classic winter meal, it is amazingly tasty and fills you up. Soups, in general, are a great choice for a winter meal but one must avoid cream-based and beef broth-based soups as they contain too much salt and unsaturated fats. Chicken noodle is thus our pick for the perfect healthy soup. You get protein from the chicken, carrots and celery are great sources of fibre and vitamins, and you can pair it with saltine crackers or a slice of bread to make it a proper meal. It takes 30-40 minutes to cook but you can cook big batches at once and keep it in the fridge or freezer and heat it up later. It’ll stay delicious for over a month.
Cheese and Egg
Whether it is a cheesy scrambled egg or a cheese omelette this combination is simply divine. It is also extremely healthy. The vitamin B12 in this will help boost your immune system. It is a great way to start your day and will take less than 15 mins to cook. Put some bread in the toaster and it’ll pair so well. The saltiness of the cheese and the richness of the eggs are a match made in heaven and will fill you up with happiness all day long.
This tasty snack is a great choice for the winter months. They are naturally sweet and can help control your blood sugar levels. They contain iron, zinc, magnesium, and other minerals in copious amounts helping you hit your micro targets for the day. Minerals are very important for your body to function normally, they strengthen bones, help with nerve conduction, and help your blood oxygenate different parts of your body.
This takes us back to the covid days. It is true that citrus fruits and vitamin c helps boost your immune system. So, take full advantage of it and enjoy all the oranges, kiwis, grapefruits, and limes. Mosambi juice is a great choice too. Be careful to never cook these as vitamin c breaks down when heated so you lose all the benefits it provides. Oranges are a convenient snack to take with you, they come in their own disposable covering and are easy to eat. So, keep some oranges in the glove box of your car.
While many vegetables are hard to find during winter there is no shortage of root vegetables. Carrots, beets, turnips, radishes, and sweet potatoes to name a few. They are also rich in vitamins and minerals. You can eat them raw as a snack with some hummus or make a delicious root vegetable soup with it. Use your favorite vegetable broth, cut up root vegetables and toss it in there and let simmer. It is literally that simple but it will be one of the best soups you have ever drank.
This one is for all seafood lovers. Fish is a great choice for the winter. It is a lean source of protein. Protein is very important during winter to keep your muscles and joints limber. It is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids and b12. Studies show a diet that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids can help with depression and uplift your mood. So, fish can help you move out of the winter sadness and live a happier healthier life.
These warm and tasty food will keep you healthy and happy this winter. Food is such an integral part of our life. Most of our social gatherings happen around food and making healthy and delicious food at home is a great way to bring the family closer together. Sharing soup and stories is a great Sunday night in my books. With it being too cold to go outside spending time with your loved ones like this will help you stay connected to them. It is also perfect for friends. Who is going to turn down a home-cooked meal? Food has the power to bring you closer to your loved ones and healthy foods have the power to ensure their health. You can also explore more that are super-good for you and help you fight with this winter.