6 foolproof tricks for healthy eating in winter (+ my favorite comfort food remakes!)

Do you ever feel like your healthy eating takes a turn when it gets cold outside? You're preaching to the choir. When the weather changes I find my cravings for savory, comfort foods are through the roof. I mean, what more could a girl ask for than a big bowl of warm pasta? Mouth currently watering.

This is natural. With it being dry and cold (at least here in Ohio) our bodies want to be warmed, meaning we won't necessarily crave large salads or ice water as much as we do in the summer.

The good news is that it's as simple as making tiny shifts with the season. By doing this you can learn to listen to what your body is craving and make the necessary changes to make sure you stay on top of your healthy eating season by season!

Without further ado...

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Here are my top 6 tricks to healthy eating in the winter

1. Choose seasonal produce

This may be an obvious one, but I believe that our bodies are meant to shift with the seasons. Therefore, the produce available to us at certain times of the year is meant to serve us for our current needs. Here is a list of the best fruits and vegetables for the winter season. Among them are my favorites - brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, onions, and kale!

2. Re-make your favorite comfort food dishes

Let's talk about those "feel-good" foods that may not be so healthy for you, but taste oh-so great. I know my personal favorites are pasta and mac and cheese. I NEVER crave these foods at any other time of the year except winter. So, I've had to make some ingredient adjustments in order to keep my tummy satisfied and healthy eating in check! Here are some of my favorite comfort food remakes:

Lasagna

Zucchini Lasagna Rollups

Mac N Cheese

Quinoa Mac n' Cheese

Pizza

Cauliflower crust pizza

Chili

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili

Healthy Turkey Chili

>>Find more recipes in my healthy recipe library on Pinterest!

3. Plan ahead and pack lunches

If you've been with me a while, you know that I am HUGE on meal planning! When it's cold out, you may tend to leave the office less and settle for cafeteria food or snacks. Try planning ahead or making extra food for dinner so you can have it for lunch the next day, avoiding temptations. The well-rounded meal will also help curb any afternoon cravings.

>>Related: How to Meal Plan Like a Pro

4. Commit to adding something green and leafy to at least one meal per day

Bring on the kale, spinach, arugula and collard greens! Add them to your breakfast shake or sandwich, to your wrap at lunch, or as a side for dinner. There are so many possibilities. I'm not one for collard greens, but I just saw a recipe for a collard green and hummus wrap that looks divine. See it here.

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5. Jazz up your water

Because ice water isn't quite as appetizing in the winter. Add some seasonal orange slices or lemon to your water.  My favorite treat is warm lemon water! Tea would even qualify since it's mainly water.

6. Choose foods that contain vitamin D (especially if you live in Ohio like me)

For us cold weather (and sunshine deprived) people, we lose our main vitamin D source in the winter, AKA the sun. To keep energy up, reduce depression, and keep bones strong, try to include extra sources of vitamin D during these months.

  • wild caught fish

  • egg yolks

  • milk

  • almond milk

  • yogurt

  • orange juice

  • oatmeal

  • cheese

  • mushrooms

Your turn!

Anyone else feel like it's harder to stay on track with healthy eating in winter? Which of these could you tackle first that would help you with a nutrition struggle?

Can't wait to hear from you!

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