Cold, dark mornings are well spent pressing snooze. The office cold is circulating like wildfire and comfort food is almost as beautiful as Chris Hemsworth *swoon*.
Luckily for us, THR1VE Nutritionist, Shannon Young shared her wellness hacks for surviving winter.
Seek Out Lower Carb Alternatives
Like most people, we’re a little more lazy during the winter months and know how easy it is to forget about adjusting your nutrition accordingly. We’re definitely not saying cut out winter comfort foods, but rather opt for lower-carb alternatives on your lazy days. It’s often as simple as swapping out white pasta or rice for fibre-rich veggies. So, pair your curries with roasted cauliflower or steamed seasonal greens, team slow-cooked meats with shredded cabbage or swap out half (or all) of your pasta fir zucchini or carrot noodles! Not only do these swaps manage your carb intake but also provide much needed vitamins and minerals for the colder seasons.
Choose Immune Boosting Foods
Nutrient-rich foods can be hard to come by in the winter months but are crucial to stay healthy and support your immune system.
The go-to ingredients you ought to be chasing are: Bone Broth, either on its own or as a base in slow cooked meals and soups. Bone broth helps support gut health and helps build your immunity. Veggies are always a go-to. Carrots are perfect winter veg when roasted and contain beta carotene, a powerful phytonutrient that helps boost the immune system. Currently all the rage in a latte, tumeric and ginger are great to add to your winter diet. Tumeric contains curcumin, an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and is high in antioxidants. Ginger boasts antimicrobial properties and boosts the immune system by combating cell damage! Like tumeric, it’s a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, plus it helps aid digestion. Young also recommends citrus fruits such as oranges, lemon and lime. The fruits are an excellent source of vitamin C which helps maintain the body’s defence against infection. Boil the kettle, and add a squeeze of lemon every morning to kick start your day the best possible way.
Be Smart With Hydration
Even though we’re not sweating buckets in the Aussie summer, staying properly hydrated is still critical. Hydration is key for everything, from cognitive function to digestion, so ensure you’re sipping all day long! As it gets colder, it’s also a great time to invest in health-promoting herbal teas (oh hey, T2). Young suggests swapping out a cup of coffee for a tumeric latte made with almond milk, ginger, cinnamon and honey.