Winter has almost come, and the holiday food is most certainly threatening to jeopardize our summer efforts of creating better, leaner versions of ourselves. We somehow managed to go through Thanksgiving unharmed – even though it was by a hair’s breadth – but numerous Christmas and New Years parties are still promising countless temptations followed by an equal number of calories.
Fear not, since there are some nutrition tips that can be a solid basis for keeping our physical shape in check. Bear in mind that these can be a valuable reminder both for seasoned sportsmen and women and those who just want to look darn good when they happen to meet local bikers, so don’t be lazy and keep reading.
#1 Stock Up on Appropriate Foods
Holidays are a perfect excuse to enjoy fried foods and empty carbs, we know, but you should still be able to demonstrate the will of power and get rid of all those prepped meals, sugary foods and various unhealthy snacks because these can do you no good. Try to find some healthier alternatives instead and then fill your pantry with those.
#2 Eat Meat
This is actually a good news for everyone who is having a hard time struggling with their hedonistic habits during winter but still wants to eat healthier and look better. Namely, meat is one of the most important sources of protein out there and even the birds know it. On the other hand, there are literally thousands of recipes that can help you prepare healthy yet tasty meals from which you will get all the proteins you need. Fun fact: meat is one of the most important ingredients for building muscle.
#3 Some Carbs Are Allowed Too
Nowadays, we are basically bombarded with a fact that whole grains, fruits, and veggies are awesome and this is 100% true. We are, however, aware that some of the fruits and vegetables aren’t exactly the best during winter – simply because it’s not their natural ripening season – but there are still some fresh wintry veggies such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, beets, leafy greens, artichokes, cauliflower, broccoli, celery root, cabbage, fennel, pumpkin, winter squash and root veggies like carrots that you can easily acquire and prepare during the holiday season.
#4 Don’t Skip On All Fats
Our cardiovascular system is particularly vulnerable during holidays, all thanks to high intakes of a deep fried food and alcohol. This means that you should rather reach out for ingredients that are the source of omega 3 fatty acids that are crucial for a balanced diet yet are satiating enough to curb your cravings for calorie-rich foods. Fish lovers will be happy to hear that certain types of fish such as tuna, salmon and lake trout are rich with these, but you can also find it in other foods like olive oil, avocados, and nuts, for instance, meaning that you actually have a lot of potential material for a holiday winter meal that will keep you full and happy.
What are your experiences with winter nutrition so far? We’d really love to hear from your in the comments below!