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How to eat right during winter season
Losing weight, or staying slim is one of the biggest challenges to maintaining a healthy life balance. Which foods to pick? Are they going to taste good? Do I have to compromise on tasty food to stay healthy? What about seasonal vegetables – how do I know if I am going to like the taste of the vegetables that are going to be in the market this year? These are just some of the questions that spring up on my mind the moment talks about staying healthy come up.
But it doesn’t have to be a frightening experience because getting smart with my food choices, at the end of the day is all that’s required to feel happy and stay healthy. I think the beginning of the year is also a good idea to start with staying healthy actually if you have already thrown your new year’s resolutions of getting fitter or eating more healthy foods than ever before, in the dumpster.
I feel, kidney beans can easily replace the age-old obsession with chickpeas in the United States. Kidney beans are rich in omega-3s and calcium; it is a legume so a kidney bean curry would be a good vegetarian alternative to a deep fried samosa.
Carrots, when roasted do not lose its health value. So, eating it raw, which often makes it an entirely tasteless prospect is not required. Roasted carrots come with more antioxidants than raw carrots and it is also packed with beta-carotene – good for your immune system and eyesight.
A pumpkin a day? That much eating of pumpkins isn’t required. Pumpkins are good protein, beta-carotene and vitamin B sources. It also tastes good and sweet, and is not a vegetable, with high calories.
With fruits, bananas are always a safe bet. Bananas help with both digestive issues and ensuring a regular flow of blood pressure in your body. Plantains, on the other hand, are not-as-sweet as a ripe banana but still a type of banana, which can be slightly fried in olive oil to make plantain chips; these chips can very tastily be a healthy alternative to potato crisps, as a snack inbetween meals.
Cabbage is a leafy green vegetable and I always like to have as much of that as I can in my salad. I like to have mine crunchy and because its packed with antioxidants, vitamin C and its calorific value is severely low, it is always a good idea to cook boiled cabbage with lemon and butter.
Protein should never be omitted from your daily food intake because eating proteins is a necessity for your muscles, bones, skin and blood. Lean meats do not contain a lot of saturated fat, which means chicken, turkey or lean ground beef can very comfortably be included in your meal plans.
Potatoes are traditionally carbs, they aren’t really considered as veg. But eating potatoes is still a healthy idea because they keep you fuller for longer, and also taste really good.