Cozy Winter Cravings
OK let’s be real… I LOVE food. Now, I don’t know about you, but I find myself extra snacky in the winter time! Maybe it is simply due to boredom or maybe it is my survival instincts kicking into gear... but either way, I had to compromise so that I was not eating Lasagna every day as that is my go-to comfort food. I thought I would share a few of my current faves that I have been making all winter long. My biggest struggle is my LOVE of carbs so I have been trying to incorporate some healthier yet still delicious foods into my routine.
Anyways…here are few examples of my current favourite (and super affordable), winter foods to curb my cravings:
Craving Salty? Try:
Simple (super cheap) Tomato Soup
1 can - Campbell’s Tomato Soup (plain)
1 can - water
1 tsp - ground black pepper
1 tsp - oregano (or basil… or both!)
1 tsp - ground onion powder
1/4 tsp - sea salt
I am lazy so I just mix it all together in a microwave-safe bowl, cover with paper towel (because who wants to have to clean the microwave, am I right!?), and microwave for 1 minute, stir, then put it in for another minute/minute and a half. That’s all folks!
Craving Sweet? Try:
Cozy Turmeric Tea Latte (recipe created by Turmeric Teas)
1/2 tsp - turmeric latte mix (I only use the Joy Latte Blend by Turmeric Teas : a Canadian based company that supports sustainable, organic agricultural practices - PLUS each purchase from their company helps feed someone in need through their Buy One, Feed One platform… need I say anymore?).
1/4 cup - warm water
1 cup - oat milk (my go-to dairy-free product)
2 - pitted dates (sometimes I leave this out if I want a more spicy latte)
Blend it all together (literally just toss it in a blender until smooth) and you have the drinkable version of a warm hug ready to satisfy your sweet tooth while healing your body from the inside out!
Craving Savoury? Try:
Hearty Butternut Squash Soup
When I am in the mood for this delish soup I simply search the trusty ol’ Pinterest archives for whichever recipe most appeals to me at the time (some are simple, some are dairy-free, some add other ingredients such as carrots, ginger, and apples for a more elaborate and nutritious option). One recipe that I currently love is from Eating by Elaine: it is simple and delicious and does not require much time!
Tip : My partner does NOT like squash and most soup recipes yield quite a lot… (yes I know I could just halve the recipe but I am lazy) soo I like to pour any left-over soup into single-portioned, freezer-safe Ziplock bags and lay them flat in my freezer so it does not go to waste. PLUS, laying them flat in the baggies rather than a container saves so much space in the freezer!! Ps. The credit for this tip should really go to my mom seeing as she taught me to do this… THANKS MOM!
ANYWAYS… that is enough food talk for one day - I am getting hungry just writing this post! I hope that you enjoyed and test out some of these yummy (yet fairly healthy) recipes to keep you warm during these frigid winter days (unless you live somewhere where it is currently warm and sunny, in which case:
1. I am super jealous.
2. You should try them anyways!
What are some of your fave, feel-good recipes on a cold-winter night? Let me know in the comments down below!