Winter is a time of year when the temptation to put on a layer of hibernation fat strikes. It’s cold, you’re hungry – that pepperoni pizza or a pint of chocolate chip ice cream is looking tasty. And no one has to see you in a bathing suit until June, right? Well, you’re not a bear, so try something different – winter food ideas that taste good and give you the energy you need to slog through a cold season.
For 2018 we bring you some quick, high-energy, healthy food tips for ultimate winter wellness – from health-focused massage therapists on the Zeel network, since they’re always on the go. Here’s what they suggest.
“I always start the day with a large mug of warm lemon water. It flushes the digestive system and rehydrates. Really kickstarts the day.” (Read more about lemon water and its health benefits.)
A twist on toast
“Morning protein: whole wheat toast topped with almond butter and shredded coconut.” (Gluten-free? Just choose one of these toast-friendly gluten-free breads.)
The classic tuna
“My on-the-go food is seriously a can of shredded tuna. That can keep me going through a whole day.” (Need more creative tuna dishes? Try these meals based around a humble can of tuna.)
Protein and potassium pick-me-up
“The best emergency meal: hard-boiled eggs and sweet potatoes. LOTS of potassium.” (Plus, sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins A and C – harder to get in the winter.)
Leeks, spinach, and chicken
“I steam leeks and spinach, because they are packed with iron and vitamins. I cook organic chicken in coconut oil for good fats, protein, and vitamin B.” (Here’s one great recipe that combines spinach, chicken, and leeks – substitute the oil of your choice.)
This is a treat that’s especially good for winter, say massage therapists. Even better, it’s super-easy to make. Just boil water, ginger root, lemon juice, and turmeric. Serve with raw honey if you want it sweet. Warming and great for the stomach.” Turmeric is also great for controlling inflammation.
Marcy is the SVP of People and Communications at Zeel. In addition to overseeing the humans of Zeel, Marcy has written about workplace topics for more than 20 years both at Zeel and as VP of Content for Vault.com, a career information web site and publisher.