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Transform Summer Dishes Into Winter Delights

by Jacinta Koelewyn on Wednesday 16 June 2021

As winter officially kicks off, you may find yourself reminiscing about the fresh flavours of summer. Luckily, it’s easy to makeover your summer favourites with warmer, seasonal choices. 

Discover how to transform summer dishes into winter delights and enjoy healthy eating that’s both delicious and comforting.   

Swap out chia puddings and açaí bowls for oats 

In warmer weather, overnight oats topped with fresh fruit or açaí bowls can really hit the spot for breakfast. But in the heart of winter? Not so much. But that doesn’t mean you can’t winter-fy your brekkie with a bowl of fruity porridge.  

If it’s summer berries – such as strawberries, raspberries or blueberries – you’re craving, buy frozen instead. Adding frozen berries or a spoon of açaí powder into a bowl of warm oats is a great way to start your morning with a nutrient-dense meal, while still enjoying summer flavours. Or top it with your  choice of nut butter  and favourite seasonal fruits! 

Bring the BBQ indoors

One of the best parts about a summer BBQ is that hearty salads and healthy proteins are the stars of the show. But who says that barbecues only for summer? While nothing beats a BBQ in the great outdoors on a warm summer’s night, you can get grilling indoors instead. Using a grill pan or barbecuing and simply eating in the warmth of your home, you can bring back summer flavours in a big way. 

Think sizzling proteins, such as chicken, tofu or fish, with garlic, herb or citrus-based marinades. These flavours are a great way to spice up your winter dishes. Accompany your protein with grilled veggies, such as mushrooms, red capsicum, onion, and zucchini for a well-rounded dish. 

Trade in your salad for a zingy soup 

Cold salads are ultra-refreshing in summer. In winter, you may want to swap out your salad for a nourishing soup. But that doesn’t mean you can’t give them a summer touch! You can tie in fresh and flavourful elements to give your soups that extra kick. 

An Asian-inspired soup can be packed with fresh flavours, such as coriander, chilli and lime. You can also make the most of Asian greens, such as bok choy and Chinese broccoli, mushrooms, egg and another animal or plant-based protein to top it off. Nothing says ‘comfort food’ like a big bowl of ramen or pho to slurp away on!  

‘Leaf’ behind the leaves and befriend roasts  

‘Yum… cold lettuce leaves in winter’ ­– said no one, ever. While cold greens are no-brainer in summer, winter tends to call for heartier, comfort food. But you can still make healthy choices in the colder months. Instead of opting for leafy greens, why not bulk up your dinner with seasonal root vegetables? 

Sweet potato, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, pumpkin and zucchini all make excellent company for a night in. Roast dinners are a great way to throw together whatever you have in the fridge with some light seasonings – into the oven, or slow-cooker, if you have one. Try to include a source of protein, a generous portion of vegetables for carbohydrates, and healthy fats. 

Stay on track with your health goals this winter 

Keeping on top of your nutrition and health goals can be tough in winter. However, making healthy choices every day can help you be better equipped to stay on course with your health goals. For more healthy living tips and inspiration,  check out our Coach blog hub

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