Winter is full of holidays where large family meals are considered part of the tradition. Between the variety of holiday cookies, side dishes, and main dishes such as turkey and ham, there is plenty of food to be had. Combined with reduced activity due to the cold, it is not uncommon for people to gain weight during the winter. Weight loss in winter is possible, however, and not only can it be done, it can be done while also ensuring you receive the nutrition you get from eating healthy food.
Cinnamon is a staple of the holidays, often used in beverages such as mulled cider or added to cookies. Though cinnamon cookies are not an ideal weight loss option, the spice itself is a natural metabolism enhancer. This means a cup of cinnamon tea is a great way to burn calories. It also stimulates the production of insulin to help regulate sugar, another great benefit in a season full of cookies, pies, and chocolates.
Carrots often served as a side dish at many holiday meals, are a hardy root packed with nutrients. Low in calories and full of fiber, carrots are a great way to make sure you feel full longer without having to resort to unhealthy snacks such as bread.
Beetroot is similarly loaded with fiber, making it a great choice to fill up without loading up on calories. Both carrots and beetroot are excellent side dishes. They can also be used in soups and salads for even more healthy winter eating.
On that note, chicken soup is for many a winter staple. Filled with vegetables and lean chicken meat, chicken soup is filling while still being low in calories. It’s also really easy to make in large batches so you can store what you don’t eat right away.
Fenugreek seeds are another good winter food to help fight weight gain. Fenugreek is another food that’s great for regulating insulin, and it also helps boost metabolism. They are also easy to prepare, as they can be soaked overnight and eaten on their own or with salad, cereal, or oatmeal.
Speaking of oatmeal, breakfast food is one of the healthiest and best options for breakfast. In the cold months, there’s nothing quite like a hot bowl of oatmeal. Loaded with fiber and low in sugar, all sorts of healthy foods can be thrown in for an even more complete and nutrient-rich breakfast.
Guava is a winter fruit that is full of fiber to aid digestion and help you feel fuller, longer. Good digestion and a stomach that feels full are important to avoid overeating or chowing down on unhealthy winter snacks.
There’s plenty of good food to enjoy in the winter, between seasonal fruits and holiday treats. Avoid the guilt of winter weight gain by eating healthy seasonal foods that will help keep you full while still getting the balanced nutrition your body needs. You can lose weight in winter instead of gaining it, all you have to do is make sure to add the previous foods to your menu and witness the results yourself.