Winter has a terrible reputation for being full of foods that are more likely to fatten us up than slim us down. This could be because the season launches with the holidays, where many of us traditionally eat rich, fatty, salty and sugary foods. Then, when the season truly gets going, many of us find a great deal of comfort in heavier foods that tend to come with a lot of calories.
Comfort food and wintertime just seem to go hand-in-hand. Furthermore, when it’s well below freezing outside and the sidewalk is coated in ice, the last thing you want to do is head outside to try to get a brisk walk done every evening.
That said, if you know what you’re doing, there are actually a huge number of winter foods that are absolutely spectacular for weight loss. You just have to know what you’re looking for. Fortunately, they’re very easy to find, so once you’ve learned the best winter foods for weight loss, all you’ll need to do is pop over to your favorite supermarket to pick them up. Even better: since they’re winter foods, they’re more likely to be affordable at this time of year!
There are few fruits that are more synonymous with the winter season than pomegranates. Available right through, it’s the gorgeous gem-like seeds that are eaten. Enjoy their juicy, sweet and yet tart and tangy flavor is perfect for this time of year. They’re amazing on their own or make a gorgeous dessert sprinkled on top of pineapple pieces with fresh mint. Take advantage of this delicious treat while you take in lots of nutrients and fiber at the same time.
Another wintertime fruit, this one is not only known for adding a beautiful freshness to any breakfast. However, research has also suggested that it can help to speed up the metabolism. Eat a half grapefruit before your morning workout and you’ll love the difference it makes. Just be sure to check with the pharmacist about any medications you’re taking. Grapefruit can alter the way a huge number of common prescription drugs – including blood pressure medication – function. If you’re taking prescription drugs, you might want to skip the grapefruit until you know it’s safe.
At this time of year, the last thing you want is a green smoothie for breakfast. It may be cool and refreshing in the summer, but when the snow starts to fall, you want something warm and hearty. Now’s a great time to make steel cut oats. Prepare a big batch on the weekend when you have the time. Divide it into meals for each weekday and then all you need is your microwave to warm it up for a quick, healthy breakfast every morning. Top with some fresh or frozen berries and/or some cinnamon and you’ll enjoy a delicious wintery meal that is packed with fiber and is great for keeping your cholesterol under control.