Typically, colder weather brings cravings of routine and hibernation, changes in our eating habits, and sometimes, mood. Welcome to the winter blues.
In the summer, when we don’t want to turn on the oven, salads are an easy go-to for incorporating tons of fresh vegetables into our diets each day. But once the temperatures cool down, a salad isn’t necessarily going to warm us up.What will warm us up, and deliver all the nutrients we need to maintain our mood and energy? Try these hearty, organic recipes that spotlight vegetables and keep us healthy all winter long!
Have your spaghetti!
Just replace the pasta with spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles. A quick saute with your favorite sauce, and you won’t even miss the heavy carbohydrate load!
Turn your sandwich into a melt.
Start with one slice of whole grain or sprouted grain bread, top with protein and vegetables, and one slice cheese. Melt in the oven for a few minutes, and serve with a perfectly ripe apple or crisp raw vegetables. Yum!
Warm up a salad.
Who said they have to be served cold? Try roasted butternut squash on a bed of greens with pomegranate seeds, OR combine that butternut squash with Brussels sprouts and a sweet honey dressing.
Add color (and immunity) to your soup!
Blend broccoli, spinach, kale, tomatoes, or your favorite vegetables into any soup you like, homemade or low-sodium canned.
Remember: No matter your goals, fill 1/2 your plate with non-starchy vegetables at each meal for a dose of vitamins and minerals to keep away the winter blues, and keep you feeling great!