6 scrumptious meals and drinks to have in your kitchen this winter
Combine the deliciousness of the holidays with the lessening of activity brought on by colder weather and shorter days, and it’s easy to get out of winter and look like a grizzly bear. Moderation is the secret, of course, and part of it means having to fill your kitchen smartly and with plenty of nutritious bites to make up for the inevitable (no, essential!) Indulgences.
For the winter shopping guide, we approached Lisa Jubilee of Living Proof NYC, a state-certified nutritionist and nutritionist. “To stay healthy all year round, we need to consume enough protein, essential vitamins and minerals, and essential fatty acids,” says Jubilee. “During the winter months, when we spend more time indoors and are more prone to viral infections like the common cold or flu, it is even more important to consume vitamins and minerals that can support optimal immune function.”
Regardless of your preferred style of grocery shopping these days, Jubilee says a bit of planning goes a long way. “With fewer activities to keep us entertained in winter, we turn to food rather than comfort and entertainment,” she says. “I don’t recommend waiting until you’re hungry to decide what you’re going to eat to feed yourself.”
Here are six foods and beverages you will have in store this winter that your body will thank you for.
1. Rely on the good stuff
Fats are an essential part of any diet, but not all fats are created equal. Olive oil contains the healthy kind also known as Monounsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFAs). Swap extra virgin olive oil for foods with higher saturated fat content like butter or hydrogenated cooking oils. Use extra virgin olive oil for everything from frying to mixing a salad dressing or sauce. Just add a few dry spices and a pinch of lemon and you’re good to go.
2. Choose drinks that do more than quench your thirst
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Somewhere between lunch, dinner and exercise, there is a need for a delicious and refreshing treat. KeVita’s apple cider vinegar tonics offer uplifting, fizzy punch in a range of flavors including Meyer lemon, elderberry, mandarin ginseng, and turmeric ginger. Each revitalizing, low-calorie bottle is an excellent source of vitamin C and provides a delicious way to ingest 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Oh, and don’t forget, all KeVita drinks give you billions of live probiotics.
“Fermented foods like apple cider vinegar can be excellent sources of probiotics,” says Jubilee. Probiotics are live microorganisms that can work with your gut microbiota, the trillions of microorganisms that live in your gut. Research has shown that probiotics can break down indigestible components of your diet, produce B vitamins, and outperform the “bad” bacteria. Gut microorganisms are also important for immune function. “We want to make sure that our gut bacteria are well nourished and thriving during the winter months,” adds Jubilee.
3. Snack smart with DIY Trail Mix
Quick bites between meals are essential, especially when many of us are now working from home. “During the winter months when we’re less active, I recommend sticking with low-sugar options that don’t induce the urge to keep eating,” suggests Jubilee. “Make your own mix using a variety of nuts, seeds, and maybe a few dark chocolate chips.”
Customize your mix with your favorite ingredients, then portion them out so you don’t finish everything in one afternoon. When it comes to adding chocolate (let’s face it, this is a must), Jubilee recommends going for a blend that is 70% cocoa or higher. “The higher the cocoa content, the lower the sugar content,” she says. You get all of the chocolate flavor without the disadvantage of a sugar surge.
4. Start the day right
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Getting started on a cold, dark morning can be tricky, but it’s easier when you have a steaming bowl of oatmeal (and healthy, tasty toppings) in front of you. Oatmeal is high in fiber, which contributes to overall digestive health and has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease.
Oats are an easy staple in the house, and oatmeal is infinitely adjustable. The same add-ons for the DIY trail mix also work great as oatmeal. Looking for a protein boost? Add a scoop of Greek yogurt.
Combine your morning oats with a KeVita Sparkling Probiotic Drink, a light, fruity mixture that has been fermented with KeVita’s in-house water kefir culture. Each serving contains billions of live probiotics, while the 9 refreshing flavors like Lemon Cayenne and Lemon Ginger are a welcome wake-up call. Both flavors come in a new, family-sized 40-ounce bottle – perfect for the whole household to enjoy all week long. Now it’s easy to pour and sip a glass whenever you want.
5. Fish in winter
Protein is an essential part of a healthy diet. In general, you should be eating 0.36 grams of protein for every pound of your body weight (for example, 72 grams if you are 200 pounds). Look for healthy proteins in the ocean that you can keep in the kitchen all winter.
Canned salmon is a nutritious, inexpensive source of protein that is high in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Dress up canned salmon with lemon, capers, and extra virgin oil for a satisfying snack or salad, or bring some warm weather mood with salmon tacos.
6. Try a hearty soup and a tasty sip
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A bowl of soup on a cold winter night is the perfect way to warm up – and it’s a simple meal. “I like to have a few boxes of hearty black bean and lentil soups on hand in the winter months in case the weather prevents me from venturing outside to the grocery store,” says Jubilee. Make your soup even healthier and heartier by adding fresh winter leafy vegetables like Tuscan kale, Swiss chard, or cabbage greens.
Enjoy your hearty bowl with a KeVita Master Brew Kombucha. Made by fermenting tea with a culture of bacteria and yeast, this tasty, bold drink contains billions of live probiotics as well as organic acids. Try Pineapple Peach, which is now available in a 40 ounce bottle. When every day has a tasty, nutritious element, winter turns from a season to endure into a season to enjoy.
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