Overindulging is basically what the winter season is all about – with the holiday season it is so hard to stay away from the delicious treats all over town and in our homes. Whether it is our mom making something delicious for us or whether we are hosting a party and want our guests to be amazed by the flavours – it is always a sacrifice of our healthy lifestyle to feed our appetite for all magical baked goods and traditional bloat-inducing dishes. We already gave you some tips on how to simplify and make your baked goods guilt-free and now we want to encourage you to do that to the rest of the food without sacrificing taste.

Don’t be afraid of the protein

Turkey

Yes. Thanksgiving does not have to be turkey-less, because actually turkey counts as one of the leanest meats and it tastes delicious. It’s a great food for winter, because It's lean, a great source of protein, and from a calorie counting perspective, it's very low. Turkey soup is always a treat on a cold winter day.

Fish

Fish is something we can all indulge in, no matter our preferences. Be it salmon or some fresh scallops, it is definitely worth indulging in the protein of this deliciousness.

Cranberry

We honestly consider it a superfood at this point. During the winter period, we can enjoy fresh cranberries and fresh cranberry juice which will not only satisfy our sweet-punchy kick, but it will make our bladder feel much better. Hello, UTIs are a thing of the past because of cranberry tablets. Cranberries are not only delicious when they're fresh, they're low in calories. A cup is only 47 calories, with over 3 grams of fibre, and more than 20% of the daily allowance of vitamin C.

Dark Leafy Greens

Dark leafy greens, such as kale, chard and collards, thrive in the chill of winter when the rest of the produce section looks bleak. In fact, a frost can take away the bitterness of kale. These greens are particularly rich in vitamins A, C and K. Collards, mustard greens and escarole are also excellent sources of folate, important for women of childbearing age.

Pomegranate

Chances are you’ve tasted pomegranates in their newly popular juice form. And from a heart-health perspective, that’s probably a good thing. Pomegranate juice is rich in antioxidants (more so than other fruit juices)—just a cup daily might help to keep free radicals from oxidizing “bad” LDL cholesterol, according to a preliminary study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Oxidized LDL contributes to plaque buildup in the arteries. Another study showed that drinking pomegranate juice might improve blood flow to the heart in people with myocardial ischemia, a serious condition in which the heart’s oxygen supply is compromised because the arteries leading to it are blocked.

Spinach and Nutmeg Soup

This beautiful soup is not only fast to make, but it is bursting with iron. You can give it new dimensions by adding herbs like parsley, coriander and dill. Just use a veggie stock, sea salt, nutmeg and organic spinach and enjoy next to the fireplace or prepare for your kids to be delighted by it whilst staying healthy.