How to eat healthily in cold weather

How to eat healthily in cold weather

Recently I rejoined a slimming club in an effort to shift the weight I gained during my third (and definitely final!) pregnancy. My baby daughter turned one recently and I had hoped the weight would have all dropped off effortlessly by now, but no such luck. I’ve found it harder to motivate myself to lose it this time than with the other two, I think largely because the youngest one, though adorable, is not a great sleeper and insists on being fed at least twice during the night still. So I’m getting by on far less sleep than is ideal which makes me crave unhealthy food to combat the tiredness, but is a vicious circle really as the junk food only causes more energy slumps.

Fruit…frozen is cheaper

So…I’m trying to find things that I enjoy eating, that are healthy and take minimal effort to prepare. I was pleased to discover that Tesco stock a range of frozen fruit that as well as being cheaper than the fresh equivalent, save the hassle of preparing and reduce waste. There are all sorts of frozen fruit in the range: mango, watermelon, exotic fruit mix, all types of berries that you can think of. We get a weekly grocery delivery from Tesco (which I appreciate is such a luxury now that I have young children so don’t have to drag them around the supermarket).

The frozen pineapple chunks tasted lovely once defrosted, and I must admit that the prospect of tackling a whole fresh prickly pineapple tends to deter me so using frozen was a winner. I just ate them with some low fat yoghurt mixed in. I’ll definitely try the other fruits as well. Of course it involves remembering to take the frozen fruit out of the freezer to give it time to defrost (ice cold fruit is less than appealing on winter days!) so I try to get in the habit of doing this just before I go to bed at night.

In terms of lunches, I love soup in winter. I have a recipe from the Slimming World website that I’ve printed off to make Roasted Tomato and Basil soup. I haven’t had a chance to make it yet but it sounds divine. I’ve always found tomato and basil to be a perfect pairing and often enjoyed them with sliced mozzarella in a Caprese salad when I lived in Italy. Delicious. I’ll eat the soup with a slice of wholemeal bread.

In the winter, I find it hard to get excited about salads, unless I can make them to be ‘warm’ salads. Yesterday I made a salad with hot smoked salmon that I warmed up and it was delicious (see pic below). As well as the salmon, there were baby salad leaves, green peppers, tomatoes, sliced beetroot and pickled gherkins. I’d planned to add a dressing but in the end the vinegary liquid from the gherkins seemed enough so I didn’t bother. I’ll definitely make that salad again soon.

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How about you, do you have any favourite healthy yet tasty recipes to enjoy in the colder months? I would love to hear them.

Moving onto winter warming drinks…despite being English, one strange fact about me is that I’ve never enjoyed drinking tea (or even coffee). I’ve tried different types but couldn’t abide them. Recently though I discovered Twinings green teas infused with chocolate and coconut. The ingredients list suggests that the flavourings are mostly natural and green tea is supposedly healthier than black tea so I feel pleased that I’ve finally discovered a type of tea that I can enjoy, especially in colder weather.

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