I just lost the Christmas 5, but the Thanksgiving 7 still lingers
January 6, 2009 5:41 PM Subscribe
How do you eat healthy during the winter? General tips for staving off winter weight gain?
steel-cut oats cooked with a chopped apple for breakfast;
In the spring and summer, I tend to eat pretty well - lots of vegetables and fruits (often raw or minimally cooked), complex carbohydrates, lean fish, a little meat, minimal dairy, very few sweets. Typical totally-satisfying spring/summer day:
a raw asparagus/cannellini beans/tiny bit of feta and olive oil salad for lunch
a hard-boiled egg and an orange in the afternoon
a big fish sauce and lime-dressed vietnamese salad with herbs, dark greens, whatever veggies are in the fridge, and four ounces of broiled pork for dinner.
But I've just moved to Northern Colorado, and all I want to eat when it's 6 degrees outside are dark, deep, rich braises and warm bread by the fistful (seriously, I never crave bread during the warm months) and short ribs and casseroles and pizzas and cream soups and cheese, omg I want to eat buckets of macaroni and cheese. The super-fresh minimally cooked diet I usually love just isn't cutting it.
So what are your healthy winter recipes that have that satiating feeling but don't weigh you down? I tried making a caldo verde last night, and was really pleased by how satisfying it was even without cream or lots of meat. Split pea soup with a smoked turkey leg is another one that hits the satisfying/healthy balance. There are plenty of rich comfort-food type winter dishes that I love to cook, but I guess I'm looking for healthy comfort foods (no sad "lite" versions of bad-for-you things, please; if I really really wanted something traditionally terrible-for-you but delicious, I'd probably just make the real thing and stretch it out over many meals).
General tips for fighting winter pounds are welcome, too! I run, but until the days get a little longer and I can get back outside, it's way too easy to ignore the treadmill. It's just harder to do active lifestyle stuff in general when it's so cold outside - your ideas would be much appreciated!
posted by peachfuzz to Food & Drink (18 answers total) 55 users marked this as a favorite