Heading back to work after Christmas isn't traditionally the most fun time. Early starts and cold, dark mornings can leave us feeling somewhat low and down in the dumps – and that's without picking up the inevitable office cold to boot.
For many of us, food is a comforter at this time of year, something to warm us up and make us feel happier about the short days and lack of sunshine. Choosing the right foods during winter can also help to make sure that you're giving your body the nutrients it needs to keep the immune system in check, ready to ward off your colleague's cold just when it's needed.
Yet, as we all know, comfort food can easily lead to excess calories and, before you know it, weight gain – the opposite of what anyone is trying to achieve in January. However, there are plenty of filling, warming options that you can make at home, which should fulfil the need for comfort food, as well as pack in plenty of nutrients to keep your health in check at the same time.
Here are my top tips for cooking winter-warming foods, but keeping your calorie intake down:
2. Whatever you’re eating, try and include at least one portion of vegetables with it (if not, two). This way you boost the fibre and nutrient content of your meal, helping you to be full and satisfied, but without adding too much to the calorie content. It’s win, win. Vegetables are also full of nutrients such as vitamin C, which can help to support the function of the immune system at a time when you need it the most.