Winter’s chilly temperatures and dreary weather can make it easy for you to turn to comfort foods that are loaded with calories and carbs. Instead of reaching for these unhealthy foods this season, focus on eating nutritious foods. Keep the following healthy eating tips in mind this winter.
Stock Up on Seasonal Produce
You don’t have to pay high prices for produce that’s out of season in order to eat healthy this season. Stock your shelves and fridge with seasonal fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, broccoli, apples, and grapefruit. Remember that you don’t have to get fresh produce at the store. You can save money and eat healthy by stocking up on frozen produce.
Eat in Moderation
If you can’t fully avoid unhealthy comfort foods this winter, watch the portion sizes you eat. Having a bowl of macaroni and cheese every now and then won’t hurt, as long as you don’t eat it in large portions. You can make sure you take smaller portions by using measuring cups and eating from smaller plates or bowls.
Make Nutritious Soups and Stews
A bowl of soup or stew can hit the spot on a cold winter evening. The ones you’ll find at the store tend to be loaded with sodium, so make your own instead. You can fill your soups and stews with plenty of vegetables, as well as beans and lentils for protein. Instead of using regular noodles, use whole-grain varieties. If you’re going to add meat, choose chicken or turkey, which are leaner than beef or pork.
Add Vitamin D to Your Diet
Vitamin D is an important nutrient that can help boost your mood and provide you with other benefits in winter. Getting vitamin D from sunlight exposure can be difficult in winter thanks to early sunsets. You can ensure that you’re getting enough of this vitamin this winter by eating eggs, salmon, tuna, and avocado. You can also plan to eat cereals and other products that are fortified with vitamin D.
Our Greensboro, NC apartment community is close to grocery stores where you can stock up on healthy ingredients for all of your winter meals. Contact us for more information about our available apartments in Greensboro.