Winter Weight

January 9, 2013 by Jenepher  
Published in Beauty

Take advantage of the winter green vegetables & fruits.

     

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      It seems like winter is the time when many people end up putting on a few unwanted extra pounds. This is because winter foods are heavier and intended to keep us warm. Unfortunately, most people find it hard to drop those winter pounds when the cold weather warms up. I’ve discovered that it’s possible to eat winter foods in a healthy way that helps me to stay trim through the winter months and I want to share it with you.

      Vegetables like lentils and beans are excellent foods for winter, but all too often, people tend to flavor them with things like ham fat. Although fat does tend to make everything taste better, but it usually ends up stored around our middles. Instead of using fat, my solution to this problem is to use spices. I love traditional Indian and Mexican bean and pea dishes and have found good recipes for winter meals that are free of fat but full of flavor.

     In addition to peas and beans, I take advantage of winter greens, such as broccoli, cauliflower, artichokes, watercress, cabbage, kale, and Brussels sprouts. These winter veggies are rich in vitamin C, which is essential, especially during the winter months. They are delicious when steamed with a bit of lemon and olive oil. Plus, cabbage, kale, watercress, and broccoli can easily be made into fresh winter salads.

     Potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, and squash are also great winter foods. However, beware of piling on sugar, syrup, or cubes of butter on them or you will risk packing on the calories. I suggest eating smaller portions and using lemon juice and a touch of olive oil for flavor. You can also sprinkle on some cinnamon and stevia, which adds sweetness naturally, without the calories.

     For dessert, I enjoy cranberries and citrus fruits. Cranberries are loaded with vitamin C and are very low in calories; so are oranges and tangerines, which can brighten any winter day! Citrus juice is okay, but please be aware that it is concentrated and higher in sugar. It’s best to enjoy an actual fruit, whenever possible.

     Staying healthy and trim during the winter months doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy eating. Just keep those portions smaller, cut back on the sugar and fats, and you can avoid packing on those winter pounds.

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