Warm your Body, Trim your Waist

It’s the middle of winter and many of us have put on some of that ‘winter insulation’... And if you’re like any of my people, you’re already stressing about how to get rid of it!! :) That seems to be the rhythm of the seasons. Ever wonder why this is pretty much *universal*?? It’s because of our physiology. Our bodies are truly amazing instruments and they KNOW what you need to function well. However, this doesn’t mean that every craving is accurate or that we have to put on weight every winter. All that we need to do is understand what foods will keep our bodies healthy and fit!

Winter doesn’t have to wreak havoc on your waistline!

Ever wonder why you don’t want anything to do with a salad in the dead of winter?? It’s because raw foods have a cooling effect on your body, which the opposite of what your body needs at this time of year!

What to do??

These are my top 5 ways to keep you warm and slim! (½ plate-full of veggies, quality protein and grains are a must!) Oh and limiting the food-like substances!! **Food-like Substances - white bread, ‘whole wheat’ bread, white rice, processed foods, sodas, refined salt and refined sugars. #CountChemicalsNOTCalories

1. Drink Ginger Tea with Raw Honey, at every meal - Ginger root has a warming effect on the body and has some wonderful therapeutic benefits. Ginger boosts the immune system and aids in digestion, to name a couple benefits. Raw honey (flecks and all!!), added once the tea is at a drinkable temperature, will keep its enzymes active.

2. Make Quinoa and Wild Rice your Besties - Wild rice is rich in protein and antioxidants, working to boost energy and immunity. Quinoa has a bunch of nutrients; supports a healthy heart, aids in digestion and can reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure. Both work to give your body the heartiness it craves this time of year!

3. Garlic, Onions and Butter (that's right I said BUTTER, Grass-fed, of course :) - these are a delicious starting to any of your meals. Garlic and onions, members of the allium family, support healthy cholesterol levels, boosting immunity and lower inflammation in the body. Grass-fed butter is delicious!! AND it is loaded with fat-soluble vitamins your body NEEDS! It supports a healthy thyroid and immune system.

4. Choose Fennel, Mustard Greens and Water for your Salad - These are some of the few greens that have a warming effect on the body. You can mix them with some carrots, radishes and onions; use a dressing with olive oil and turmeric and add a sprig of basil.

5. Snack on Organic Almonds and Unsulphured Organic Dried Papaya - Almonds are loaded with vitamins and healthy fats and surprisingly organic papaya is a warming food. Dried cherries and dates, organic and unsulphured, are other options for a healthy snack you can take with you on the go!  

Roast, stir-fry or sautee kale and chinese cabbage, broccoli as your baseline greens for lunch & dinner, pick your favorite organic, grass-fed animal protein or lentils/your choice of beans as your protein and you’re set to go on a nutritious meal that will keep your body warm and keep your waistline intact!

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5 Super Winter Foods

Most of us don’t think of fruits and vegetables during the winter months. The trees lose their leaves, the weather gets colder and our bodies go into ‘hibernation’ mode so it makes sense that we don’t think that there are fresh fruits and veggies readily available to us during this time of the year. But there are! And since I am always working on outdoing myself...it only makes sense that I will experiment with some of these delicious winter fruits and veggies and encourage you to do the same!

5 Super Winter Foods

Cabbage - loaded with vitamins C & K and minerals like folate, as well as fiber and antioxidants this is one of the healthiest cold-weather veggies. Most cabbage varieties are readily available in fall and winter (some as early as July). Eat them raw in salads or lightly cooked in a stir-fry!

Root Vegetables you might be asking what am I talking about??! But root vegetables are Carrots, Beets, Parsnips, Turnips & Rutubagas. One thing they have in common?? is that despite their being highly nutritious, they are often overlooked at the supermarkets (well, definitely the last 3). They have a slightly sweet flavor, as well being rich in vitamins C, K and minerals like folate, calcium, potassium and fiber.

Dark, Leafy Greens like Kale, Collards and Chards get a lot of attention most of the year but they are at their peak during the winter months. They aid digestion, help lower cholesterol and can protect the body from cancer. All this with very little calories and lots and lots of nutrition (vitamins A, C, E, K and minerals iron, potassium, calcium, manganese, phytochemicals, antioxidants and fiber)!! Swap your lettuce for some finely chopped kale or chard or try these sauteed or stir-fried (in coconut oil) with coarsely chopped garlic.

Pomegranatesare not only the mythological reason for the seasonal changes but they are the oldest and one of the most nutritious fruits. Their ruby-red seeds are rich in antioxidants and have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds in your salads or make it a winter staple for your smoothies.

Celeriac - is an odd-looking (misshapen) greenish-white root vegetable that is has a tasty flavor and a hearty texture - like a cross between celery and parsley. It is rich in vitamin C, K and phosphorus and fiber. Use this root as a substitute in your favorite hash brown recipe.

These are my picks for my 5 super winter foods but there are plenty of other nutritious fruits like bananas, blood oranges and other citruses and vegetables like bok choy, artichokes, rhubarb, radishes, watercress and brussels sprouts. Eating within season is a not the easiest thing to do (with our food coming from all parts of the country and world) but it is a good thing to attempt. Especially if the foods are nutritious and yummy! I've been experimenting with Turnips and this is a terrific recipe to share with friends and family this season! Enjoy! 

Turnip Gratin 

1 large turnip, organic

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons organic butter

½ Gruyere cheese, grated

⅓ cup organic milk

=>Preheat oven at 375 degrees F. Peel the turnip and rinse thoroughly - slice thinly into ¼” strips. In a shallow casserole dish, add the 1 tbsp organic butter and half the garlic and spread evenly around the dish. Place an even layer of the turnips making sure there are no holes followed by ¼ cup of Gruyere cheese. Add the remaining layer of turnips followed by the cheese, butter and garlic. Pour the milk over the casserole, making sure it sinks to the bottom. Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese has melted and browned on top.  

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