As the chill sets in, it's natural that we start looking around for foods to not only keep us warm but also to get the engine started on those cold mornings!!! We start to see so called 'comfort foods' start to creep into our diets (more cooked hot foods, less fresh fruit and raw veggies)
While it's true that your body has to work slightly harder in the cold weather to regulate body temperature (which can lead to a slight boost in your metabolism) this actually translates to a negligible amount of calories burned. We also tend to not to exercise as much during winter so it all adds up to less movement of the body and more movement of the mouth (as we chow down on whatever is in the fridge whilst watching a Netflix marathon)
BUT "COMFORT" DOESN'T NECESSARILY HAVE TO MEAN "KILOS".
There ARE ways to keep your body toasty without actually eating one (filled with cheese that is...) My "go-to" during winter is a nourishing bowl of gluten-free porridge. It not only contains a whole host of fibre-filled goodness but it's easy on the fat content and will give you a great slow-release carbohydrate injection that will keep you feeling full but energised throughout the day.
LEAH'S GLUTEN-FREE WINTER PORRIDGE
Serves: 4 (If you are just making one serving, keep the dry mix in an air-tight container for use when you want!)
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 4 mins
1/2 cup brown rice flakes
1/2 cup quinoa flakes
Handful crushed almonds
1/4 cup amaranth
1/4 cup golden flaxseed or linseed meal
1 tsp cinnamon
Use whatever "milk" you like to cook it in (almond, rice, coconut, cow, soy, goat etc)
Topping: Dot with Blueberries, slices of banana, a drizzle of organic honey, a sprinkling of brown sugar... use whatever you like!!
For every 1/3 cup of porridge mix, stir in 2/3 cup of liquid (milk).
Combine porridge and liquid into a small saucepan and stir over a low heat until gently simmering. Cook until liquid is absorbed (approx. 4 mins)
Combine porridge and liquid in a microwave-safe bowl and lightly stir. Microwave on high for 90 secs. Stir.
NB - The mixture will continue to thicken after removed from the microwave so avoid over-cooking.
* Not suitable for people with tree nut allergies
* Low in saturated fat
* High in dietary fibre
* High in protein