|We’re all guilty of falling prey to cold weather temptations. The chilly air and shorter days leave us craving warm, comforting and totally delicious carbs. Then we’re running for the oversized sweaters to cover the food baby bloating. However, there’s hope for a healthier winter! Avoid the bad carb impulses with these warm, nutritious and fulfilling winter dishes.
Replace fettuccine Alfredo with veggie noodles
This life-changing food innovation is a genius way to enjoy pasta dishes with way less carbs and calories. Make your life easier by purchasing a spiralizer, a fun kitchen gadget that helps you turn vegetables into noodles. If you don’t have one, use a knife or vegetable peeler. Firm vegetables like carrot, squash, sweet potato, turnip, cucumber and zucchini usually work best. Try Zoodles with Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella from PureWow for a lighter take on a favorite spaghetti dish. Check out these vegetable noodle dishes from EatingWell and sensational spiralized veggie recipes from Shape Magazine for more inspiration.
If you crave potatoes, make them sweet
Sweet potatoes are packed with health benefits. They’re low in calories and high in vitamins. Plus, they have more natural sugars and nutrients than regular potatoes. As a plant food, sweet potatoes can decrease health risks like obesity, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Stuffing them with healthy proteins and additional vegetables is a great way to make these healthy potatoes a flavorful and filling dish. This recipe from Green Valley Kitchen stuffs them with quinoa, spinach, cranberries, pecans and feta cheese. Alternatively, simply roast them with your favorite seasonings. Bon Appetit chose garlic and chili in this recipe.
Avoid super heavy soups and stews
These bowls of piping hot comfort are almost a necessity on the coldest winter days. Unfortunately for our diets, many soups and stews are made with heavy creams and laziness-inducing carbohydrates. There’s no need to give up these classic winter dishes, though! This Beef Stew from Food & Wine is on the lighter side, and PopSugar Fitness compiled various healthy winter soup ideas. Use a spill-proof soup container to pack these dishes for tomorrow’s lunch.
Trade in cold salads for roasted vegetables
Get excited for winter veggies! Dark, leafy greens flourish in chilly weather. Think beloved superfood: kale. Sauté it with red onions and peppers for a side dish, or roast it with olive oil, salt and pepper for crispy kale chips. Winter squash is low in calories and a great source of vitamins, potassium and folate. This Hearty Stuffed Butternut Squash recipe calls for a colorful and nutritious filling of quinoa, chickpeas, hazelnuts, apple cider vinegar, scallions and delicious seasonings. Winter Bliss Bowls are packed with plant power, making them the trendy, delicious and healthy cold weather substitute to a typical salad. The combinations are endless, so have fun incorporating your favorite seasonal vegetables, nuts, dressings and proteins. Plus, you can still use your salad containers to take these dishes on-the-go and heat them up at work.
Introduce these warming, satisfying foods into your winter diet and you’ll feel more energized throughout the colder months. You might even reach for more figure-hugging sweaters!