4 ways to eat well this winter
Tuesday, 20 October · 2 min read

During the winter, seasonal fruit and vegetable options can be more limited and the weather can make it less appealing to go out and shop around.

It’s easy to turn to comfort foods that make you feel happy, but eating too many of these foods can affect your health as they are often high in fat, carbohydrates or sugar.

Following a healthy diet can support your immune system which helps you fight common winter illnesses like flu and colds. It will also help you get all the nutrients you need and maintain a healthy weight.

If you find it harder to eat well at this time of year, here are 4 tips to help you stay on track:

  1. Shop online for food — buy heavy items like bottles and tins online and make sure your kitchen cupboards are well-stocked so if you don’t feel like going out, you have enough food to make healthy meals in the days ahead.
  2. Cook in bulk — soups and stews can be made in bulk so you have leftovers to use when you don’t feel like cooking. They also freeze well.
  3. Eat seasonal vegetables — find out what vegetables are in season and make meals from them. If you find it hard to find fresh vegetables you like, buy them frozen to add to stews, soups and sauces. Aim to eat 5-a-day.
  4. Focus on wholemeal foods — pasta and rice are well-loved comfort foods, but eating wholemeal versions of these foods will help you include more fibre in your diet. Wholemeal foods release energy slowly, so you’ll feel fuller for longer and be less likely to snack.
Quote of the day

The first wealth is health.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist

Quick Quiz
Which of these foods doesn’t count towards your 5-a-day?