10 Healthy Winter Foods to Enjoy

healthy winter foods

One key to staying healthy during the winter is to eat healthy, and there are lots of healthy winter foods to enjoy. These healthy winter foods are foods that are warming, great for boosting your immune system and are more readily available during the Winter months. 

  1. Yams or Sweet Potatoes. Even though you can enjoy these year round, these are often enjoyed more during the Winter season. My favorite way to eat these is baked with some butter or coconut oil and a taste of honey or brown sugar. So yummy.
  2. Artichokes- Cook them and enjoy them with some lemon wedges and butter. So good.
  3. Lentil soup- Cook the lentils with onions, carrots, and celery and you can also add in some chicken and chicken broth for even more flavor and to make the lentil soup even more filling and heartier. 
  4. Garlic- garlic is a great immune booster so cooking with garlic more in the winter is a great way to boost your immunity. You can add it in to virtually every soup and casserole as well as other recipes. 
  5. Ginger- this herb, spice and essential oil can add a lot of flavor, help support your digestive system and more. Add a little into soups, smoothies and more. 
  6. Cinnamon- this great winter spice is awesome for adding to apple recipes, baking, puddings, chia seed recipes and much more. 
  7. Apple Cider- This must have drink is very warming and when made properly and can be great for your immune system and overall health during the winter season. Adding in some cinnamon, clove, orange and or thyme can make it even better.
  8. Thyme- this warming spice and essential oil is great in soups and other Winter dishes. Be careful how much you use though. You can also add a bit to chicken and fish dishes.
  9. Chicken and Vegetable Soup- my favorite way to make this is to boil the bones first, then add in onions, carrots, celery, cabbage and a few potatoes. (optional) Then season with salt and pepper and a bit of garlic and or thyme if you want and have it available. 
  10. Butternut Squash- Cook this and add a bit of butter or coconut oil and some salt and pepper to season.
  11. Herbed White Bean Soup Recipe– There are variations of this soup but the basic one is white beans with carrots, onions, chicken broth and some kind of ham or ham hock.
  12. Split pea soup- this is a great crockpot soup, you can make by cooking split peas with water, chicken broth, carrots, onions, and celery and salt and pepper and some thyme and 1-2 bay leaves. 

Which one of these is your favorite healthy winter food? 

My Essential Oils Skin Care Routine

Have you ever wondered about how to use essential oils for skin care? If so, keep reading and watching, because I’m going to share with you my essential oils skin care routine.

I like to use a lot of essential oils on my skin and as a part of my skin care routine. However, these are my favorite essential oils for skin care.

1. Lavender- great for soothing the skin and for help with minor burns, sores, bruises, bee stings etc.
2. Ylang Ylang- a common essential oil in perfumes, you can use it as your own natural perfume.
3. Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Rose- often used in toners, and other skin care products.
4. Frankincense- often used in anti-aging skin care products.

Learn more about my actual essential oils skin care routine in the video below.

Essential Oils For Kids Vs Essential Oils for Adults

Have you ever wondered about the differences between Essential Oils For Kids Vs Essential Oils for Adults? Many people do and I used to as well. Now I still don’t pretend to know everything about Essential Oils For Kids Vs Essential Oils for Adults, however, I have done enough research and have enough experience that I feel comfortable writing this blog post.

1. Dilution- This is the first and probably most important difference between using essential oils with adults vs. kids. While some essential oils can be used neat on the skin of adults without dilution, essential oils no matter which ones, should never be used neat on the skin of kids. Kids have skin that is much more sensitive than that of adults. Also because children have smaller bodies, their bodies absorb essential oils at a much faster rate than adults do. Kids also should have any essential oils that are applied to the diluted at twice the rate of that used with adults. So for example, 1 drop of essential oil diluted in the same amount of carrier oil for a child, compared with 2 drops of essential oil for an adult.

2. Certain essential oils aren’t good for kids- While it’s highly unlikely that a small amount of any essential oil will cause major damage to kids, there are certain essential oils that really aren’t good for children. Wintergreen is one of these. In fact, you will find that most brands of wintergreen come with a child proof safety cap and some aromatherapists argue that wintergreen can even not be good for adults let alone children. Cinnamon, Oregano, and Clove are some additional essential oils that depending upon who you ask, are considered to be potential problems for children under the age of 6.

3. Certain oils are better not used with kids- These include oils such as eucalyptus, and lemongrass.

4. In addition, some essential oils can effect the hormones and as such are not good for use with children since their bodies including their hormones are still developing. Examples of these include clary sage and geranium.

In short, while you can use essential oils with children, it takes some education and you really should inform yourself before use with kids. Diffusing essential oils in a household with children, is also quite different than applying these same essential oils directly to their skin.

Want some kid safe essential oil blends? Learn about them in this video I did specifically on essential oils for kids.