When I think of winter my mind immediately goes to overindulging. Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the insane amount of sweets available, my diet definitely goes down the drain between the months of November and January.
And, because I don’t necessarily take care of my body during the holiday season, this often leads to me feeling sick and rundown most of the time.
With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in our country and flu season just beginning, it’s important that we consume foods that work to keep us healthy this winter.
If you’re looking to improve your diet this winter, here are some easy foods to add to your diet.
Protein is incredibly important during the winter, as it works to keep your body in check. Fish is a great protein option because it can be eaten in salads, on sandwiches, or by itself.
Plus, fish is packed with amino acids that keep you feeling full throughout the day. If you’re not a vegetarian, try adding more fish to your diet throughout the week.
Another great way to get protein in your diet is through nuts. Not to mention, nuts are a staple in the fall and winter, so there are tons of great ways to enjoy them.
Whether you prefer them oven-roasted, caramelized, or straight out of the tin, nuts are a must for the winter. Add them to your oatmeal or put them in your salad for a nice crunch.
Vitamin C is vital in keeping your immune system strong during the winter, especially if you spend time outside in the cold. Try to add citrus into your diet as much as possible (oranges, lemons, limes, etc) and vegetables such as sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and red peppers. If you have a hard time eating foods with Vitamin C, for whatever reason, try adding lemon to your water throughout the day.
Spinach is packed with zinc, which works to fight off the common cold or the flu. It is also a great additive to a smoothie or as a base for a salad. You can also sautee spinach on the stove and add other yummy vegetables to it.
If you’re looking for a healthy breakfast to eat in the winter, oatmeal is the way to go. Oatmeal is packed with zinc, which we know is important for the immune system, and is also a great source of fiber. Plus, it’s easy to add other nutritious foods to oatmeal, such as nuts, honey, and berries.