As you go about your diet at this time of the year, it’s important to consider all the winter foods coming out that you should be including in your plan.
Getting enough variety in your daily diet is important not only so that you can maintain good well-balanced nutrition, but also so that you don’t get bored and start to cheat on your plan.
As there are going to be a number of holiday goodies out and about as you attend functions, the more healthy variety you have, the better your chances of fending these off will be.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the top winter season foods that you should consider adding to your diet plan.
Nothing speaks of the holiday season more than mini Christmas oranges. This sweet treat packs in just 40-60 calories depending on the size and is a great way to get your vitamin C intake for the day.
Christmas oranges are also rich in fiber and despite the fact that they will contain sugar, it’ll be natural fruit sugar which won’t impact your blood glucose levels nearly as much.
Christmas oranges work great added to salads, desserts, or just eaten on their own as a quick snack throughout the day.
Early on in the fall/winter season, pumpkins will be out in full force. While you may have picked one up to carve for Halloween, don’t overlook all the nutritional benefits that these have to offer.
Pumpkins are also very high in vitamin C as well as vitamin A, and are relatively low in calories.
Whether you want to add some into your oatmeal or bake pumpkin squares, try and make good use of this food.
Don’t overlook roasting pumpkin seeds yourself as well as this is an excellent way to get more healthy fats into your diet plan.
Sweet potatoes are the next food that you should make sure you’re considering adding into your diet plan. While you can get sweet potatoes year round, they’ll be especially tasty at this time.
Sweet potatoes are very rich in beta-carotene and won’t have quite the effect on blood glucose levels as regular potatoes would.
Plus, their sweet taste is great for combating food cravings, so consider baking them up with a little cinnamon and brown sugar for a special treat when you’re in the mood.
Sweet potatoes also work great when mashed, so don’t overlook that either as you prepare your holiday meals.
Finally, make sure that you’re eating as many root vegetables as you can. These are also very tasty at this time in the season as it is the primary growing time. Yams, sunchokes, turnips, parsnips, and rutabagas are all excellent when prepared with some seasoning and served alongside your main protein source.
Make sure that you’re getting them into your diet regularly for a change from the usual rice or pasta.
So there you have a few of the top seasonal foods to make sure you eat this coming winter. Add more variety to your healthy diet plan and you’ll have no problem staying the course.