Warming Foods: How They Benefit Your Health and Weight Loss

Warming Foods: How They Benefit Your Health and Weight Loss

It’s great making the most of the last Summer sunshine, but as we move into Autumn and the early mornings and evenings are certainly getting cooler, it’s important to check your diet for the change in seasons.

With this moving away from salads to more warming foods such as stews and porridge. These foods help keep the immune system healthy and are slightly more comforting without being stodgy, to help keep your weight loss regime in balance.

Colder weather can burn off more calories, but not to the point that you can go mad on excess carbs. You need about ¼ plate max with evening meal of healthy carbs from sweet potatoes to rice to help keep your energy levels stay fired up as the nights also get darker too.

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Include seasonal foods such as root vegetables: sweet potatoes, pumpkin and butternut squash which are full of beta carotene to keep your lungs and digestive linings healthy. While the darker berries are now in season and if you are lucky enough to have some good blackberry bushes along a good walking route; a good opportunity to have a stroll and some free blackberries bursting with vitamin C.

While more traditional seasonal foods such as apples and pears are in season much earlier with the good mix of sunshine and rain that we have experienced this year.

Don’t forget mushrooms which are also bursting with immune boosting nutrients which you may be able to forage but be careful if you are not sure!

So to enjoy these foods lets see how they can be incorporated into your daily diet. The other factor to remember here is to prepare a few days earlier such as soup so you have something you can heat up quickly when getting in from work late. 

On rising

A cup of ginger tea fresh or a teabag is fine to energise and stimulate your metabolism.

Breakfast

Porridge with apple compote, tsp of cinnamon and some toasted almonds or
Hot soaked museli topped with blackberries or
Mushrooms with sausage meat , poached eggs and baked beans for weekend brunch!

Mid morning

Hot cranberry and orange juice in a mug 1/3 of each juice plus water and heat in a saucepan or microwave. Sprinkle with nutmeg. 

Warming Foods: How They Benefit Your Health and Weight Loss

Lunch

– Sweet potato soup  with lentils & 2 seed crackers.
– Apple and celery soup with goats cheese on a slice of toasted rye bread.
– Butternut squash cumin, black pepper Soup with hummus and oatcakes.

Mid afternoon

– Yogi tea with licorice and cinnamon to keep those stress levels at bay.
– 30g of Green and Blacks dark chocolate with ginger.

Dinner

Baked potato with roasted vegetables and cod with crushed black peppers or
Beef stew with added turmeric, garlic and black pepper with root vegetables or
Roast pork served with apple compote and sweet potato wedges.

Dessert Ideas

– Baked fruit salad using eating apples, pears oranges and bananas 

Slice up fruit and place on a tray and drizzle over agave nectar and coconut oil and bake for 30 to 4 minutes, Half way through add a little more agave. Serve with a spoonful of crème fresh and 1 tsp of manuka honey.

– Egg custard in a ramekin served with blackberry compote. Bake in ramekin dish to control portion size.

– Baked apple with 1 dsp raisins soaked in orange juice and 1 dsp of ground almonds.

Serve with 1 tbsp of thick yoghurt and 1 tsp of manuka honey.

Evening wind down

Lavender Hot chocolate made with 1dsp of raw cocoa 250ml of soya milk tsp of honey and 1 drop of lavender oil extract (the cooking section!) Sprinkle with cinnamon.

So there you have it! Enjoy the warming foods of early Autumn while staying slim and healthy!