4 easy ways to eat healthier in winter

3 July 2019

WORDS BY Fashion Quarterly New Zealand

Prevent yourself from reaching for the comfort food in this colder weather.

Winter is here and not going anywhere anytime soon. With the colder days, stronger winds and rainfall, reaching for the warmer, comfort food to fill up is inevitable, but, too much of a good thing isn’t always good for you.

Fuelling your body on the nutrients that it needs while the arctic chill is about is no small feat, but it’s made easier with a cheat sheet on how to do so.

If you’re wanting to eat healthier this winter, we’ve got four easy ways as to how:


Warm up your breakfast

Mornings are made more bearable when they’re warmer and what better way to kick the day off than with a heated breakfast?

Oatmeal is great for a nutrient boost and is high in zinc and heart-healthy soluble fibre. This is a great way to get in the nutrients you need and with so many delicious ways to do oatmeal, you can shake up your morning routine.

Look for root vegetables

The likes of carrots, turnips and beetroot are ideal winter veggies and they’re the perfect way to get your intake of beta-carotene; turnips are also great to boost your intake of vitamins A and C which are essential to fighting off the cold.

To give the immune system a boost in cold and flu season, cook up some broccoli and cauliflower, which are both high in vitamin C. Roast veggies are a healthy, yet delicious way to keep your vitamin intake up, but keep your body warm.

Indulge in fish

If you’re a fan of sushi, treating yourself just got easier, as fishy foods are encouraged in winter. Rolls with tuna and salmon are a must, as they’re a great source of vitamin D, which is a great way to account for the lack of sun exposure that you’ll be experiencing.

Stock up on soups

If you struggle with ways to incorporate vegetables into your everyday eating patterns, soup is a great way to get in your intake of veggies as they blend nicely into your meal and often you won’t notice that they’re there.

Soup is a hearty and healthy dinner or reheated lunch on the go that requires little to no effort to make. They’re super filling, so you get the comfort and warmth factor, without over-eating.

Words: Maxine Fourie, Good Health Choices
Photos: Getty Images


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