Are you falling for the comfort food trap in winter and saying yes to heavier meals you would NEVER consider eating in summer?
These three winter comfort foods could be doing more harm than good.
Summer bodies are made in winter – so don’t wait until the warmer months to get your diet in-check.
TIP# 1 - Avoid Processed & Pre-Packaged Food
These guys are packed full of preservatives, sugars, salt, flavour enhancers and bad fats to keep you craving them. Remember that even if you are oven-baking something at home (e.g. frozen pizza), it doesn’t mean the food item wasn’t previously fried in a factory.
Instead, always stick to fresh ingredients. A simple trick is to avoid buying anything that comes out of a box – time to #banthebox.
TIP # 2 – Hot Chips
Hot chips are certainly delicious, but are they nutritious? Not so much.
Hot chips are essentially congealed starch and saturated fats that your body can’t do anything with.
If you’re craving this winter staple, opt for baked sweet potato instead. It’s low GI, which will keep you fuller for longer.
TIP # 3 – Sweet Drinks
Your body needs 2 litres of water a day, but what it doesn’t need is the sugar in soda, juice or sweetened milk or energy drinks - which can have up to 20 teaspoons of sugar!
If you do crave drinking something sweet, opt for coconut water as a treat. For every other drink, stick to water – your body will thank you for it in the long run!