It’s easy to be a little more relaxed with your diet and exercise habits during the winter. Even I have noticed lately that I have been lazier because it’s dark when I get home from work or I just don’t want to get all bundled up to venture out into the cold. It seems to be easier to maintain the healthy lifestyle during the summer months with all the fun recipes for fruits and vegetables that are in season, and the outside activities that keep us moving all day long. To keep you on track and ready for Spring, here are some tips on how to stay motivated through this Winter season.
- Accept that it is COLD and gear up! Go pick up a couple pieces of extra warm clothing (hats, socks, gloves, coats) to make it easier to head outside for a trip to the gym or grocery store.
- Wear bright colors. (If you’re into that) Wearing a bright coat or hat could help you feel happier and more upbeat. I tend to wear a lot of black and grey during the winter but mixing in a bright green or purple would be great for creating a fun and colorful mood for the day.
- Surround yourself with positive people. The people around you influence your mood and behavior, especially during the dark winter months.
- Cook something new. Try out a new recipe with a food you have never tried before, trying new things can be fun and rewarding. The whole point is to make a wholesome meal for yourself and rekindle the flame for making yummy home cooked meals. Some “winter mood” foods include: sweet potatoes, eggplant, and squash.
Here is a Winter Squash Soup recipe!
Prep time: 15 minutes / Cook time: 45 minutes / Servings: 4 / Calories: 346 kcal
2 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion chopped
2 stalks celery chopped
2.5 pounds winter squash peeled, deseeded and cut into chunks
1 tablespoon honey
5 cups chicken stock
Salt and Pepper to taste
Parsley (Fresh) chopped to serve (optional)
-Melt the butter and oil in a large saucepan. Add the onions and celery, and gently cook until really soft – about 15 mins.
-Add the squash and cook, stirring for 5 mins.
-Add the honey and chicken stock, bring to a simmer and cook until the squash is tender.
-Remove from heat and using a hand blender, blitz until smooth (adding a bit more stock or water if the soup is too thick).
-Season to taste with salt and pepper. Reheat before serving, sprinkle with chopped parsley.
For the winter squash – you can buy whole squash and prepare them yourself or buy bags of ready to use.
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