Eating for Cold Weather

By Sarah Wilson, RHN on October 31, 2013 , categorized in In the Kitchen, Plant-based Nutrition

Eating for Cold Weather

Warming Foods and Spices

As we say goodbye to the hot summer months and start to welcome the brisk fall with slight reluctance, I have some tips for you to make this transition a little bit more pleasant. Don’t get me wrong, I will definitely miss the summer, but there are also some great things to look forward to for the fall.
The weather might leave you feeling cold and chilly, but there are ways you can change your food to help warm you from the inside out. Try adding these foods and spices into your diet to make this transition run a little more smoothly.

1. Spice up your life!

Use the power of spices to warm you from the inside out. Here are some of my favorite spices to add to your food:

  • Cinnamon and nutmeg:
    Two very versatile spices that can be used to add flavor to your morning oatmeal, or (for a savory meal), to your sweet potatoes in the evening.
  • Cayenne: 
    Cayenne can heat both you and your meal up. Be careful—cayenne can be very hot. Start off small and add more if desired.
  • Ginger: 
    Either fresh or powdered, ginger adds spice and flavor to any dish—sweet or savory

2. Don’t say goodbye to smoothies

Smoothies are a great way to incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet, and they don’t have to be only a summer time treat! Add warming spices and seasonal vegetables to rev up your taste buds and prepare you for the cold weather.

How to make a warming smoothie:

  • Say adios to the ice!:
    Ice can leave you feeling chilly and cold, so leave it out of your fall smoothies
  • Add some cinnamon:
    Cinnamon is a warming spice and may help warm you from the inside out
  • Incorporate fall foods:
    Pumpkin makes a great addition to a smoothie, pair that with some cinnamon and you’re in for a real treat

3.Warm food is like a warm blanket

There is something so comforting about a plate of warm food when it’s cold outside. Here are my favorite warming meals for fall:

4. Don’t forget to hydrate

You might feel less thirsty when it’s cold out, so drinking less water is a common mistake people tend to make as the seasons start to change. Hydration is always super important – especially if you work out.

  • Room temperature water:
    It definitely doesn’t sound enticing to have an ice-cold glass of water when you’re already shivering from the temperature outdoors. Enjoy your water warm or room temperature to stay cozy.
  • Herbal teas:
    It always feels nice to wrap your hands around a warm cup of tea, and herbal teas can be a delightful option.
  • Festive seasonal drinks:
    Warm apple cider, chai tea, hot water with ginger or lemon, are all feel-good, warm you from the inside-out drinks.

Embrace the winter with open arms (and a blanket), and help yourself adapt to these winter months effortlessly.

How do you stay warm all winter?

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Sarah Wilson, RHN

Sarah is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Personal Trainer and works at Vega as a Product Specialist. Sarah educates from experience! Drawing on her retail leadership in the natural health industry, her own nutrition consulting, and a personal passion, she equips audiences with tools and inspiration to feel their absolute best from the inside, out. Specializing in sports and fitness recommendations, Sarah is active as a runner, playing soccer or enjoying the Rocky Mountains on her snowboard.

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