We have turned this post over to our favourite local nutritionist Nina Kingsford-Smith to share a handful of her delicious cold weather recipes.
Don’t you just love the colder weather? I love slowing down, rugging up on the couch with a warm blanket, cosy nights in…and of course enjoying all the delicious food that this time of year brings. Warming, hearty and nourishing are words that come to mind. Soups and stews with root vegetables like pumpkin and carrot, baked goods with apples and pears, and plentiful warming spices like ginger and cinnamon…these are just some of my favourite parts about this time of year. With that in mind, here are my five favourite cold weather recipes, enjoy!
1. Warming Pumpkin Baked Oats
If you’re looking for a new breakfast recipe, this is it! It features an all time favourite ingredient of mine – pumpkin – plus some other classics like rolled oats, cinnamon and nutmeg. Fun nutrition fact – pumpkin is rich in beta-carotene, which is a precursor to vitamin A and is integral to things like your immunity and skin health. In fact, orange coloured fruits and veggies are abundant are all rich in beta-carotene and many are in season at this time of year!
2. One Pot Hearty Lentil Stew
There are so many reasons that I love this stew. It’s a one pot wonder, is full of hearty nourishing ingredients and is one of those meals that feels so cosy and grounding (especially in the colder weather with a blanket in tow). I also love that it’s one of those dishes that can be adapted to suit whatever veggies you have in your fridge – have fun experimenting with it! Oh, and the lentils in this dish are nutritional little powerhouses – they’re a source of fibre, folate, iron, protein and loads more (and can be counted as a vegetable!).
3. Hunky Chunky Walnut Brownies
What if I told you that I had a recipe for you that was chocolatey, chunky, crumbly messy perfection? These brownies deliver it all! I like to think of these brownies are super nourishing for your mind, mood and mental health. This is thanks to the likes of cacao, almond meal, oats and walnuts which all contain nutrients that are key to mental wellbeing, including magnesium, zinc, omega 3 and tryptophan.
4. Apple Crumble
Ahh apple crumble seems like the perfect dessert for cooler weather (plus leftovers are also a great addition to porridge for breakfast or as a snack). Psst…did you know that stewed apples are great for gut health? One of the reasons for this is because apples contain pectin, a soluble fibre which acts as a prebiotic to feed your beneficial gut bacteria. In fact, when apples are cooked, they release higher amounts of pectin. About 70% of your immune system is located in your gut, so it makes extra sense to be taking care of your digestive health at this time of year.
5. The Ultimate Hot Chocolate
Do you love sipping on warm chocolatey deliciousness…akin to a ‘hug in a mug’? If your answer is yes, then this is the drink for you. This hot chocolate also some tasty extras in it. The addition of maca gives it a lovely creamy flavour, and has actually been used for centuries in Peru for its benefits on energy and stamina. Meanwhile, the cinnamon adds a subtle sweetness while also providing extra warmth as it helps to stimulate blood flow and circulation.
So, there you have it folks. A round up of recipes for the colder weather featuring some of nature’s finest produce from Nina your local nutritionist. They’ll leave you feeling oh so cosy and warm, enjoy!
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