Here in Sydney, the winter chill has definitely set in. The days are shorter and nights are colder, but that doesn’t deter me from abiding by my healthy life philosophy. On the contrary, I find winter an ideal time to slow down, spend time experimenting with different recipes and really pay attention to nourishing my body. Here’s my typical winter’s day on a plate:
Every day, I start by drinking a cup of hot water with freshly squeezed lemon and two glasses of filtered water. After a solid eight hours of sleep, your body is dehydrated, so it’s important to rehydrate. The lemon in my hot water helps to stimulate the gastric juices which aids digestion and decreases bloating.
Usually, I love to have my power protein smoothie, but lately, I’ve been craving more wholesome breakfasts. I’ve been loving my warming cacao and peanut butter porridge, which is full of fibre and keeps me satiated. If I’m short on time, I’ll whip up my berry, banana and almond chia pudding. It’s high in essential fatty acid, fibre and protein, which gives me energy for the day and keeps my full all morning. While I eat breakfast, I love to sip on my one-a-day-coffee.
If I’m hungry by midday, I’ll snack on some carrot sticks with a side of hummus.
When it comes to lunch, I like to keep things simple. Often, I’ll use the previous night’s leftover sautéed vegetables with a side of cooked protein such as salmon, organic chicken or even eggs. I love to finish this off with a drizzle of olive oil, lemon and tahini.
When those mid-afternoon cravings set in, I reach straight for my sugar-free protein balls which stop sweet cravings in their tracks. If I feel like something light and creamy, I’ll have some Greek yoghurt with a sprinkle of cinnamon over the top.
Winter nights call for warming dinners, so I love roasting or sautéing vegetables with warming spices such as turmeric, curry powder and cayenne pepper. There’s nothing as comforting as an oven-roasted meal, so I’ll whip up my roasted vegetable with goat’s cheese dressing. After dinner, I like to enjoy a cup of chai. If I feel like something sweet, I’ll have a couple of squares of dark chocolate or two dates with almond butter.
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