Well, I woke up this morning to single digit temperatures and below zero wind-chills. I thought Winter wouldn't be this cold when I moved from New York to Tennessee. Figures, I move here and they have the coldest temperatures they've had in 2 decades. Sheesh.
So I was looking for a nice, belly-filling, soul-warming and HEALTHY breakfast. I decided on oatmeal. Plain quick-oats made on the stove, with soy milk, cinnamon and currants. It's really very delicious. If I had thought ahead, I could have soaked some steel cut oats overnight for an even healthier breakfast, but I didn't. Maybe I will do that for tomorrow morning.
I think it's a little harder to eat healthier during the cold, Winter months because I always want the yummy comfort foods which are usually just a bit heavy on the fat and calories. It's so much easier in the Summer when it's hot out and a nice cold, crisp salad and raw vegetables sound so perfectly delicious. But when it's cold outside, darn it, I want warm food. Which means I have to cook. Which is fine, but involves a bit more. I do like to make casseroles or big batches of soups and stews so that I can easily grab them from the fridge and heat them up for a quick meal.
But I feel sometimes I miss the nutrition I get from the raw vegetables I get more of during the cooler months. I will work on being more mindful of grabbing for them as quick, easy snacks throughout the day. Then I can save the comfort foods for my meals. Good thing I prepped a whole lot of celery and baby carrots yesterday. If only I had some hummus. ;)