How to satisfy those winter food cravings

As it gets colder outside, our bodies begin telling us to rug up, nap and snack. If cravings for comfort food hit you extra hard in the winter months, you’re not alone. Why not put down that slice of pizza and bag of chips in favour of WebMD‘s 10 healthy comfort food alternatives.

Porridge  
So, you want something hot, sweet and satisfying? Porridge with brown sugar and berries is a fast and easy meal that is both comforting and delicious, and offers the benefits of slow-release energy. If you’re looking for an extra treat, try our No-Fuss Healthy Chocolate Porridge.

Popcorn
Popcorn is made from corn, which is healthy, provided you add just a little butter and salt. It’s a great way to sate winter cravings.

Pasta  
Wholemeal pasta is healthy, delicious and easy on the budget. Pack the sauce full of vegetables and watch the amount of oil and salt you use to create a healthy but filling meal to share with friends.

Chicken Soup
Along with being a tasty winter staple, chicken soup has multiple health benefits that can help stave off a winter cold.

Enchiladas
Making a pan of enchiladas with protein-packed black beans, vegetables and low-fat cheese may be the perfect guilt-free winter meal.

Dark chocolate
When it comes to choosing your chocolate, the darker the healthier. It’s packed with antioxidants, can lower blood pressure and might even reduce your risk of heart disease. This is one cold weather comfort you won’t feel bad about snuggling up with, just watch your portion control.

Vegetable Lasagne
A delicious winter classic, veggie lasagna is a healthier alternative to meat lasagne, and many people prefer it. Our No-bake Vegetarian Lasagne takes only 25 minutes to make.

Baked Sweet Potato and Pumpkin
Just chop up the vegetables and toss them in the oven with a touch of oil. Roast vegetables are comforting, healthy and can be flavoured to taste, but don’t go too heavy on the salt.

Pita Pizza
A quick and delicious pizza made with pita bread is both hot and satisfying. We recommend you load it up with healthy ingredients like spinach, capsicum, onion and tomato, but go easy on the cheese to make it as healthy possible.

Poached Pears
Affordable and easy to make, poached pears are the perfect winter dessert. Add frozen berries, orange peel and a cinnamon stick to enhance flavour and add a splash of colour.

Heart Smart Slurpy Noodles
This pumpkin and noodle soup from the Heart Foundation is good for both your tastebuds and your heart. It’s the perfect guilt-free winter meal.

Do you crave heavier foods in the colder months? Does it mean you usually put on a few extra kilos?

Written by Liv Gardiner

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