Pay Attention to Your Diet, So You Don’t Get Sick During the Winter
What you eat affects your health. Nutrition sometimes suffers during the winter because fruits, grains, and vegetables can become more expensive and may be harder to find in parts of the country.
#1 - Deal With Comfort Foods
You may be tempted to eat more comfort food, such as mashed potatoes and gravy, because of the colder weather. Try to limit comfort foods with high fat, sugar, or salt. Instead, consider making healthier versions of your favorite meals.
Fruits and vegetables have important antioxidants and other nutrients that can help your immune system and prevent some illnesses. So, you want to ensure they’re still part of your diet in the winter.
In addition, you tend to wear more clothes in the winter, and may not notice body changes, so gaining weight can become an issue. Pay attention to the total number of calories you’re consuming each day. Read labels and measure portions. Avoid turning to junk food or snacks.
#2 - Be Aware of Healthy Foods that are Hiding Massive Calories
Even healthy foods can be filled with large amounts of calories. Consider eating these nutritious foods in moderation:
When you think of healthy foods, raisins are usually on the list. Raisins have 129 calories in 1.5 ounces or 43 grams. This is about the size of the small boxes of raisins you see sold in grocery stores. It’s important to eat raisins in moderation. It’s easy to overindulge in them because they’re small and tasty.
Consider adding raisins to oatmeal, cereal, or granola. A small amount can make a good topping for these carbohydrate dishes. Raisins also go well with yogurt and other creamy dishes. You can bake them into cookies, muffins, and other sweets.
2- Peanut butter
This popular item shows up on many healthy meal plans. However, it does have a lot of calories. A tablespoon of peanut butter averages about 100 calories. Peanut butter, eaten in moderation, is beneficial because it provides healthy fat and protein.
It’s easy to eat more than one tablespoon of peanut butter per meal if you coat toast or bread with it. You can use it as a spread or dip. Peanut butter can also be used as the base of some sauces, such as peanut sesame sauce. It can be added to granola, smoothies, and other meals. You can also use peanut butter to make bars and cookies.
3- Chia seeds
Chia seeds are small, black, or brown seeds. They have been showing up in many foods and products because they’re healthy and taste great. Chia seeds have fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and other nutrients.
One tablespoon of chia seeds has about 70 calories. You often see drinks or smoothies made with these seeds. They’re also used to sprinkle on things such as granola, oatmeal, or other dishes.
So limit your comfort food and choose the healthy food carefully to stay healthy in winter!