What foods will keep me warm this winter?
It is that time of year again where the nights start drawing in, the leaves are falling and it's time to snuggle up on the sofa with a thick blanket to keep warm. A great way to keep warm is to eat hot food and drink hot drinks.
The most important meal of the day
Breakfast has long been known as the most important meal of the day. Having breakfast sets you up for the day improving your health, memory and concentration. A bowl of porridge is a perfect breakfast for the colder days ahead, you can have plain porridge or add some fruit for a boost of vitamin C such as strawberries and blueberries.
What else could I add to my porridge?
There are many things you can add to make it different each day, some of the following things can really bulk up your porridge and not only do they add flavour, they also keep you fuller for longer.
- Chia seeds
What should I include in my meals?
You are more likely to get a cold in winter therefore it is important to ensure your immune system is in good shape. Winter vegetables are ideal for a comforting meal.
Cupboard staples for making winter meals:
- Pasta and rice
- Canned vegetables
- Tinned tomatoes
- Tinned tuna in water
- Herbs and spices
The ideal winter meals to keep you warm and feeling full are casseroles/stews and soups.
The benefits of casseroles and soups
- You can easily get in your five-a-day by adding multiple vegetables, including beans and pulses.
- Casseroles and soups can be put in the slowcooker in a morning and cook steadily through the day so you have a hot meal ready to come home to after a long day.
- Making a large batch can make multiple meals which you can also freeze for another day - BBC Good Food has many freezable recipes you could try.
- Meals such as these are ideal to make if you are on a budget.
All recipes were taken from BBC Good Food.