Not only is maintaining a regular workout schedule important in winter but eating the right foods is 80% of the battle. Along with Winter comes Winter Comfort Foods and large portions. More time inside means less activity and more excuses to socialise over food.
If you are wanting to maintain your weight or even lose some, now is the time to be cautious of your portion size and what you are putting on your plate. Even better commit to a regular workout routine and you will get through winter and be in your SEXIEST shape EVER come summer!
But not all comfort foods have to be bad. There is nothing better than a yummy vegetable soup full of herbs, root vegetables, bone broth and garlic for an immune booster. Make up batches of soup and freeze them in easy sized portions ready for work lunches or a quick dinner.
Here are Bondi Vixen’s FIVE TOP FOODS to stock up on this winter to help battle the winter pudge.
Includes oranges, lemons, grapefruits, limes, mandarins & tangelos. Containing high levels of Vitamin C, dietary fibre and folic acid which will boost your digestive system. Also rich in antioxidants equipped to support a healthy immune system.
*HOT TIP* Have a glass of hot water in the morning with a squeeze of lemon. This is a great way to kick start your digestive system. Mid morning Snack on a whole piece of fruit.
Includes beetroot, potatoes, pumpkin, sweet potato, carrots, parsnip.
Root vegetables grow underneath the ground where they are able to absorb high amounts of minerals and other nutrients from the soil. They are also able to absorb important nutrients from the sun through their leaves. They provide complex carbohydrates, which leave you feeling fuller for longer and give you more energy throughout the day.
*HOT TIP* Bulk up slow cooker meals with plenty of diced root vegetables. Always keep individual serves of Vegetable soup in your freezer, these are great to take for work lunches or a quick meal when you get home from the gym.
Brown Rice hasn’t been through a milling process to remove the bran and germ, which contains most of the nutrients. A rich source of antioxidants & fibre. It takes little longer to cook, simply because it still has the outer husk. Being low GI, brown rice will keep you feeling fuller longer and you don’t need so much to fill you up. Brown rice also contains nutrients like magnesium, manganese, and zinc.
*HOT TIP* – Brown Rice porridge in the morning is a great way to start a winter morning. Cook the rice in rice milk, sweeten with honey and serve with poached pears or fruit.
Herbal Teas and Water
Spending time inside during winter means greater exposure to heating and climate controlled environments causing dehydration. Dehydration can cause fatigue, and it is easy to confuse thirst for hunger and start snacking. Aim to drink 8 large glasses of water a day. Herbal teas contain no caffeine & are a great winter option as they have many therapeutic & medicinal benefits, including – achieving a calmer and relaxed state of mind. They support heart health, aid with stomach and digestive problems, strengthen the immune system and provide antioxidants to the body just to name a few.
*HOT TIP* – Visit your local health food store and stock up on different flavours to mix it up. Keep a few Herbal Tea Bags in a snap lock bag in your handbag, this way no matter where you are you can choose to have herbal tea instead of a milky latte. To drink more water, add strawberries and mint to a jug of water at home to mix it up.
the magic ingredient made from bones of chick, fish and beef. Stocks help to build strong bones, soothes sore throats and nurtures the sick. Rich homemade chick broths help cure colds. Stock contains minerals in a form the body can easily absorb. Calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and trace minerals are all found in stock.
*HOT TIP* – Add homemade stock to your winter soups, casseroles, stews, risottos or pasta sauces for some added nutritional value. Many of these meals can be frozen.
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