For many, the winter is a time to detox, cleanse and abide by newly made resolutions. It is also a time of endless cold, snow, hibernation, and comfort food. Not exactly the ideal combination for those seeking renewal and rejuvenation. That’s why winter is the perfect time to restock your pantry and swap out unhealthy comfort foods with healthy, nutrient-dense staples.
Here are 10 Healthy Winter Staples that will see you through any cold day:
Beans: Beans (cannellini, chickpeas, black, kidney, pinto, lentils, etc…) are essential for winter cooking, low in fat, and an excellent source of protein and fiber. Stir them into winter soups, stews and salads or turn them into filling veggie burgers and dips.
Nuts: Not only are nuts the perfect cholesterol lowering snack, they are a great addition to any meal. Slice or chop them in your salad, toast and toss them with vegetables or grains or crush them to coat poultry and fish.
Oatmeal: Oatmeal is the quintessential wintertime breakfast. For a cooking twist, grind it into a powder to make muffins, breads, pancakes or used as a healthy alternative to breadcrumbs and flour when creating a crisp crunch on sautéed chicken. Continue reading