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? 

5 Things I Learned From Reading “Easy Paleo Snacks Cookbook”

Have you read any paleo cookbooks? I’ve read a few and I found that the cookbook- Easy Paleo Snacks Cookbook: Over 125 Satisfying Recipes for a Healthy Paleo Diet is one of the best.

While I’m not doing paleo anymore, I did do paleo at one point. See my blog post about it: Why I Quit Paleo and I still do eat some paleo snacks and meals.

So here are 5 things I learned about easy paleo snacks by reading this book:

1. Finding paleo substitutes for foods that aren’t paleo is actually pretty easy to do. This cookbook even comes with a list of recommendations.

2. While there are lots of complicated paleo snacks that require a lot of cooking time, and lots of ingredients including some that may be expensive or hard to find, there are also a lot of as the title implies- easy paleo snacks that don’t and this cookbook does a good job of this.

3. Coconut milk, almond milk, cocoa powder, berries, nut butters, bananas and greens are some of the best paleo staples to keep in stock in order to make easy paleo snacks.

4. Smoothies, chips and bars are some of the best paleo snacks so if you enjoy eating these, then you will love this cookbook. If not, then you will either need to learn to like them or find another cookbook.

5. You better love coconut and almond if you want to have success with paleo and make it easy. Otherwise it will be a lot more difficult to make easy paleo snacks work for you.

Bonus tip: Setting aside a few hours each week to make a large batch of 2-3 of these recipes is the best way to have plenty to eat on the go all week long.

10 Simple Healthy Lunch Ideas for Even the Pickiest Kids

Is getting your child to eat a healthy lunch a challenge? It is for a lot of parents and even more so for children with special needs. However, there are lots of simple healthy lunch ideas you can use. Here are ten of my favorite simple healthy lunch ideas. I also recommend using something like a bento box for the lunch which makes it easier to combine different things for a lunch. You can use something like this one. 6 Pack – SimpleHouseware 3-Compartment Heavy Duty Bento Lunch Container Boxes, 36 ounces, 4 Color

You can of course combine several of these into one simple healthy lunch or add in a piece of fruit, nuts or carrot or celery sticks. You will want to try and accommodate your child’s taste preferences as much as possible too. There are also healthier options of things your child might really crave like macaroni and cheese, fruit snacks etc.

1. Celery with peanut butter or almond butter. (You can also add on some raisins for the ants on a log thing). Sun butter is also an option if your child is allergic to nuts.

2. Rice cakes with turkey or ham and cheese and lettuce- This is a healthier gluten free way to make a sandwich.

3. Guacamole and crackers(use gluten free ones if needed).

4. Homemade French Fries- make your own French fries with potatoes olive oil and salt and your child likely won’t notice the difference and they are a much healthier lunch idea.

5. Fruit smoothie with a little bit of spinach in it- sneak in the green with mostly fruit. You can also try some powdered greens like Terra Greens.

6. Homemade gluten free chicken nuggets Who says your child can’t have chicken nuggets that are healthier?

7. Applesauce or fruit cup

8. Lettuce wrap with tomato, lunch meat and avocado. (cheese too if your child isn’t dairy free) Another healthier option instead of a normal sandwich.

9. Gluten free and dairy free macaroni and cheese. Yes you really can make this a simple healthy lunch idea.

10. Chips and salsa- another classic that is healthier than a lot of other lunch options.

What simple healthy lunch ideas do you have? What did I miss? Share with me in the comments below.