When the weather turns colder we usually go from craving lighter foods such as salads to wanting more heavier foods like pasta. Although we crave more warming types of food in the colder months, some of the foods we crave (like cheese and cookies) contain an overload of calories and cholesterol which can lead to weight gain.
I wanted to share with you a few ways that help me stay on track for the coming colder months.
1. Eat a Variety of Whole Grains and Seasonal Fruits &Vegetables.
Be sure to have a variety of foods to get sufficient nutrients. If you eat the same thing every day, you could be missing out on essential nutritional needs.
The fiber in veggies and fruit helps you stay fuller longer so you won’t crave as many of those sweet treats. Whole grains will give you the energy your body needs. These foods also contain phytonutrients which can help boost your immune system which is vital this time of year for health.
2. Fill up on Veggie Broth-based Soups.
Hold off on adding the cream, milk, and cheese to your soups because dairy is difficult to digest and is high in calories (and the low-fat kind is so processed and can be full of added sugar). You can blend/puree the veggies for a bit of a creamy effect and you won’t need to add dairy. You can also switch out the dairy-based milk for some almond milk which adds protein and contains much fewer calories (30 calories per cup). I have a number of dairy-free soups on my Recipe Page including my Baked Potato Soup.
3. Use Warming Spices.
No only do these spices warm your digestion, they can also speed up metabolism. My favorite warming spices are cinnamon, turmeric, red pepper flakes, ginger, cayenne, and nutmeg. Add some cinnamon to your nightly tea for a bit of sweetness or throw in some red pepper flakes to any dish to spice it up a bit. For more info on my warming spices, see my Healthy Foods for Fall post.
4. Avoid too many Processed Foods.
Whole, clean foods are the way to go for keeping the weight down and for all-around health. Foods that contain white flour and sugar should definitely be avoided. These foods offer no nutritional value, cause inflammation, and can add to weight gain.
My program offers 7 days of eating seasonal clean foods. By eating whole foods in season you support your immune system and digestion which reduces inflammation and cleans out toxins.
I’m offering my Fall ReBoot for 25% off until Friday! This is the last chance to get the ReBoot at a discount and a great way to detox before or after Thanksgiving to get yourself on track before the holidays!