This time of the year brings with it a tremendous load of body conscious anxiety. Winter weight gain is inevitable. I believe that instead of feeling anxious about fitting into your summer gear once the season comes to a (welcome) end, you may as well enjoy the process of nature by embracing change. One thing to keep in mind is that this “change” shouldn’t leave you feeling sluggish and unhappy, instead it should be healthy and fulfilling.
Consider these food options for your journey towards a happy winter body:
Mushroom and Kale Quinoa
Quinoa is on its own very substantial as it is packed with protein, plus it is low-fat and gluten-free. This super grain makes for a nutritious substitute for rice or pasta. With the addition of mushrooms and kale – it makes a hearty entrée for both vegetarians and meat eaters. This mushroom, kale and quinoa dish is simple and only takes about 20 minutes to make.
Szechuan at Momo Bauhaus
If you’re in Johannesburg, you must head to Momo Bauhaus for their Szechuan. It is the ideal winter meal to warm up every part of your body. The sauce is made with a generous amount of chilli peppers along with , peppercorn oil, ramen egg, cashews, slaw and other veggies such as broccoli and cauliflower. It is accompanied by your choice of starch and protein; either jasmine rice or wokked noodles with chicken, beef or tofu. Get this meal as take out and enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
Carrot and Coconut Soup
Will there ever be a winter dish that trumps all the others like Soup? It’s the most fuss free dish apart from a PB&J sandwich. The Carrot and Coconut soup is particularly attractive because it requires ingredients which are or have become a staple in many homes. With simple yet punchy flavours such as chilli and coriander (cilantro), the soup will leave you and your family feeling very snug when the cold weather hits hard.
Warm Winter Smoothie
The idea of a warm smoothie was initially a bit hard to digest however once you try any one of the below options you’ll be convinced that there’s no better way to enjoy a healthy and delicious smoothie. What’s more is that these options are a great alternative to any stodgy comfort meal.
Cranberry and Apple Hot Smoothie
Hot Green Smoothie
Oaty Mocha Hot Smoothie
words: Kwanele Kunene