The winter months, while traditionally the season of New years’ resolutions and the start of new diets, is also sometimes a difficult time to eat healthy and lose weight. The snow and cold weather decrease our opportunities for outdoor exercise, and comfort foods are increasingly appealing in periods of “hibernation.” Some scientists even theorize that we’re genetically programmed to increase our stores of fat in winter to help us survive the season. All is not lost however – there are plenty of healthy, delicious foods to help us stick to our diet goals. Here are ten of the very best:
The many tasty varieties, including butternut, spaghetti and acorn squash, are great options for winter meals. One cup has only around 80 calories, but is high in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and potassium.
Another terrific cold weather choice – as long as you take it easy on the cream, beef and salt. Chicken and vegetable base broths are best – and be sure to include plenty of vegetables.
Greek yogurt has more protein than regular yogurt –and can be flavored with honey for a delicious snack. It also makes a great lo-cal dip for vegetables.
One cup of nutritious watercress contains just five calories – and is full of vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants that help prevent disease.
What tastes better on a cold winter morning than a bowl of delicious, filling oatmeal? Plus, oatmeal is full of nutrients and phytochemicals. Some studies show that people who eat oats for breakfast consume considerably fewer calories at lunch.
This tasty tropical fruit has a taste similar to a pear/strawberry combination – with only 60 calories per serving! It also has over four times more vitamin C than an orange and is full of lutein, fiber, calcium and iron.
Yup, red wine. A glass of red wine contains just 80 calories per serving and its antioxidants reduce the risk of heart disease and even some kinds of cancer. Go ahead – enjoy a glass!
Loaded with vitamin C, nutritious lo-cal broccoli can enhance your immune system and protect you from winter sicknesses
Kind of a lemon/orange combo, tangelos have only 60 calories and are loaded with citamin C, folate, potassium and d-limonene (which helps break down metabolism-slowing toxins).
Research indicates that the fatty acids found in coconut milk may speed up your metabolism and promote weight loss (just make sure to choose a lo-cal brand).