Winter is the season of eating and eating. We are always hungry with a constant need to munch on something. This calls for healthy alternatives that are low on calories so that we can eat to our heart’s desire but without any guilt.
As the saying goes ‘breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper’. But that does not mean that you skip your dinner altogether. The best way to keep your dinner light and healthy this winter is to treat yourself to a bowl of steamed vegetables. Steaming the veggies helps preserve the nutrient content in them. Vegetables are low in calories and are a good source of vitamins and minerals. This meal is filling and at the same time not too heavy. There is, in fact, no better time than winter to enjoy some green leafy vegetables and stay healthy.
Nuts and Seeds
Rich in protein, vitamins and dietary fibres, nuts can easily be called the healthiest instant snacks. Nuts are classified as warm food and are best consumed in winter. The best thing about nuts? Well, you get tons of options to choose from. But don’t get disheartened if you are allergic to peanuts because you still have almonds, walnuts and many more to indulge in. Each of these have different health benefits. Chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, roasted grains, and grams make perfect snacks for winters. Additionally, you can indulge in Trail Mix which is a hearty combination of nuts, seeds, and dried fruits.
Oats and Muesli
A heavy and filling breakfast is necessary to keep you energised throughout the day. And a breakfast which is low in calories but rich in proteins and other dietary fibre is what we all need. Have a steaming bowl of oats, a very rich source of protein, to start your day right. Another alternative is muesli, with a mixture of healthy ingredients like oats, dried fruits, nuts, and grains, it is the perfect choice for the health conscious. Choose your cereals wisely and have them with curd, yogurt, almond milk or soy milk. Sweeten things up a little and have a bowl of fresh fruits to complement your breakfast.
Cosied up in our blankets, we all are guilty of enjoying a hot chocolate or warm coffee in winter. But high in sugar and caffeine, these drinks are definitely not a very healthy beverage pick. This winter, opt for healthy and delicious alternatives – like green tea and infusion teas. With high anti-oxidant content and nutrients, green tea is the best drink to enjoy in winter. When paired with exercise, it also helps in weight loss and is also good for diabetics and for people suffering from heart diseases.
It does not matter if it is winter or any season of the year -Fruits never go wrong. They have an abundance of minerals, calcium, iron, vitamins, etc, that help keep your body healthy. Fruits are good at any time of the day, whether it be a delicious bowl of fruit salad for breakfast, evening snacks or a solution to your midnight hunger pangs. Fruits also keep your body energised without adding unnecessary calories.
With inputs from Dolly Kumar, Founder and Director at Gaia