Tips for cooking in winter
We naturally want more stodgy foods like pies, stews and cakes, and our appetite goes up when we’re cold. Now the weather is getting colder how can you save time and energy on nutritious foods?
Batch cooking chunky soups and stews can save lots of time and energy. Use root vegetables like celeriac, butternut squash, carrots, sweet potato or parsnips for a delicious warming lunch or dinner. Freeze some in small portions for wholesome ready-made meals later in the week. You could add some steamed vegetables, fish or meat to make it more substantial.
Roast a tray of vegetables and eat through the week, you could add a second tray of veggies if you’re already making a Sunday lunch. You can keep in the fridge and add to pasta sauces or a curry, rewarm with quinoa for a quick lunch, or blend up into a soup.
Slow cooking stews is a great way to save time. You can make a dish with a range of seasonal vegetables, nutritious grains like buckwheat or quinoa, and a source of protein such as meat, fish, lentils or beans, just throwing all together in the morning and leaving until dinner time.
Protein & Fats
Eating protein with each meal can help to promote satiety (feeling filled up) and once we digest proteins, they form the building blocks of neurotransmitters. Good neurotransmitter health supports how we think, feel and behave and most of us could do with extra mood support as we move through autumn.
We need a balance of healthy fats in our diet, and fats can actually speed up our metabolism, so starving yourself of all fats is one way your body will start to slow down and cling onto all the fat it can! Add oily fish, avocados, olive oil, and coconut oil to cooking to help maintain your fat balance. Avoid too much fats from animal products and stay away from trans fats as these make you sluggish.
Warming herbs and spices
Use herbs and spices like ginger, turmeric, garlic, rosemary, black pepper, paprika, horseradish, cayenne pepper, cumin and onions in your winter cooking. These foods support circulation which helps the immune system. Ginger and turmeric can also help regulate hormones.
Keep warm this winter!