Tips for staying warm & healthy during the chilly days ahead

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November 14, 2013 by thehealthyheartcenter

The cold weather is rolling in, and our focus on nutrition may fall to the wayside as we get ready for the holidays ahead. Here are some helpful hints to help our nutrition throughout the winter, while keeping ourselves positive and toasty (:

— Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats: these healthy fats have been shown to have an effect on skin, and in these dry winter days we’ll take any relief necessary to soothe dry skin!

  • Sources: fish, walnuts, and canola oil

 

— Vitamin D: although the relationship between vitamin D and mood is not concrete, it is still likely that we are not getting as much vitamin D as we do during the sunny summer months. Consider these sources, and you might be happy you did!

  • Sources: fortified dairy products (milk, cheese, & yogurt), eggs, orange juice, and fortified grains

 

— Oatmeal: a great way to start the morning: a warm and comforting breakfast. Oatmeal is a source of fiber, and can help sustain hunger for longer.

  • Additions: pumpkin spice adds some fall flare; berries (can be added frozen & then microwaved); cinnamon & nutmeg; a sprinkle of dark chocolate chips; a tablespoon of peanut butter

 

— Green tea: a lower source of caffeine (as compared to coffee); you may consider trading one cup of joe for its less caffeinated alternative. Green tea is thought to aid in digestion and would be a great pick-me-up on a cold morning or a comforting beverage after dinner.

 

 

Source: http://life.nationalpost.com/2013/11/12/jennifer-sygo-eat-hot-oatmeal-on-cold-mornings-and-other-winter-diet-secrets-mom-was-right-about/

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