The festive season is upon us which means it’s the time of year for rich food, lots of chocolate, and plenty of alcohol. But, have you planned for AFTER the holidays?! Many people find the months of January, February and March some of the hardest to deal with as the festivities end and the winter blues set in. Luckily for you, here at NetCost Market, we have compiled a selection of great winter comfort foods that stave off the blues and pack a vitamin-rich punch that will bring your body back to healthy vitamin levels after the indulgence of Christmas and New Year!
Spaghetti Bolognese – The classic spaghetti bolognese is one of the heartiest, most warming meals for the winter months. Using a base of chopped celery, carrots, fresh tomatoes, ground beef and pork, bolognese is a great mixture of essential protein, vitamins C, B12 and K, and slow release carbohydrates that keep your energy levels up in the dark winter months.
Beef Stew – A beef stew consisting of tender beef, carrots, turnip and potatoes packs a vitamin-rich punch of vitamins A and C, and plenty of protein, calcium, and iron. Slow cooked meat broth used in the base of the stew unlocks key vitamins and minerals that help strengthen the body’s immune system, protecting against flu type viruses and keeping you strong and healthy right through until spring.
Chickpea Curry – A simple yet flavor-packed option is a chickpea curry, served with basmati rice or an Indian flatbread such as a naan or chapati. Chickpeas contain high amounts of dietary fiber, protein and zinc, and spices such as cumin, turmeric and chili are full of potassium, ascorbic acid, calcium, phosphorus and vitamin B1. The warming spice of the chili is perfect for getting rid of those winter chills!
Lentil and Parsnip Soup – Lentil and parsnip soup is the perfect meal to get a nice boost of fiber, phosphorus, manganese, and vitamins B1 and B6. What’s even more perfect about this, and many other healthy winter warmer soups is that it can be made in large batches and frozen to be cooked whenever is convenient in the future. So, rather than turning to shop bought instant meals that are full of salt, excess fat and sugar, prepare your own instant meals to get a nice boost of essential minerals and vitamins this winter!
Noodle Soup – Noodle soup, whether made with meat such as chicken, beef or pork, or with vegetarian options such as tofu, is a great way to get all your necessary vitamins in one warming, delicious bowl. The use of broth, addition of vegetables, and the healthy rice noodles create the perfect balance of vitamins and minerals. Even better, this meal is totally gluten free as it uses no wheat products, making it a great choice for those following a gluten-free diet.
As the festive season passes by, we need to think about how we’re going to prepare ourselves for the winter months that follow. Try some of our ideas mentioned above to keep yourself positive by staving off those winter blues!