Another winter storm is here in the North East. As Juno barrels down on us, we’ll all have to hunker down in our homes and wait to shovel snow in the morning.
As much of a pain storms like these are, it can be nice to cuddle on the couch for a day. But for people like me who are trying to shed their holiday weight gain in the new year, this can pose quite a problem. The thought of just sitting around drinking hot chocolate, binging on snacks and sodium-filled soup is really tempting. It’s my favorite snow-day tradition! But this year I’m determined not to get sucked into this habit and keep on with healthy living. So I’ve come up with some ways to enjoy a snow-day without breaking your healthy streak.
Healthy Living and Hot Beverages:
I mentioned hot chocolate before as one of my favorites but I think a hot tea can be just as good. I try to stick to herbal tea as much as possible, they are packed full of health benefits. Besides the fact that they taste great, I love drinking them because when I have a regular cup of black tea I can’t help but dump a bunch of sugar and milk in. With herbal tea I don’t need any of that.
One of my go-to brands of tea is Yogi. They have all different teas that do different things. Kava Stress Relief, Detox and Caramel Apple Spice Slim Life are currently in my pantry. They even have teas for muscle relief, pregnant women, sore throat relief and digestive health. Celestial Seasonings’ line of Sleepy Time teas are great as well. They are perfect for unwinding before bed. I can’t leave out Tazo either. They have a long list of unique amazing tasting teas. Flowering Honeybush and Passion are my favorite herbal teas of theirs and I love pretty much all of their green teas.
Soup is another must-have during a blizzard. But it doesn’t have to be fattening and full of sodium. Instead I’m opting for a healthy Mushroom Barley Soup Recipe and Turkey Chili, an old winter staple of mine while living healthy. For the Mushroom Barley I use a recipe I got from Shape.com. For the Turkey Chili I use the recipe my friend Jaime gave me.
In order to combat the urge to snack I decided not to fight it but to switch to healthy bites. Instead of binging on chips and pretzels I filled my fridge with fresh produce. Remember ants on a log when you were a kid? Try it now and you’ll remember why it was your favorite. Incase you don’t know the “recipe” just break off a piece of celery, spread some natural peanut butter or almond butter on it and add a couple raisins.
Healthy Tips for Snacking:
One of the main go-to snacks in my house is popcorn. That was really hard for me to give up when I switched to a healthier diet, until I did a little research. The problem with microwave popcorn bags isn’t the popcorn itself, it’s everything added. I have an air pop machine that I got for christmas a couple years ago. It’s so easy to use, all I do is add popcorn kernels in and turn it on. If you don’t have one, using regular kernels in a microwave works just as good. (Just be sure to use a bowl with a lid!) Instead of butter I use olive oil, a pinch of garlic salt and some natural seasonings. I think it tastes better than the microwave bags.
To stay active I’ll be joining my family in shoveling snow at multiple houses. It really is a great workout and perfect to staying healthy. And If the weather isn’t too bad I love to take walks in the fresh snow. The sooner you go, the more peaceful and beautiful it is. We also have Wii Sports here to keep us busy. I might even sneak away to my basement and do a workout if I’m not too tired from shoveling.
What do you do/eat during the blizzard?