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Best way to beat the winter @ the office blues

The cold truth is that no weather warrants unhealthy eating habits. Just as you shouldn’t overdo ice cream during the dog days of summer, you shouldn’t live on a steady diet of hot cup of java and warm cookies during winter.

Winterizing your diet can be healthy — and tasty — if you add a few favorite cold-weather foods. Start with these.

Breakfast:

Oatmeal

Provides nutrients that are essential during winter. Oatmeal is high in zinc (important for proper immune function) and soluble fiber (associated with heart health).   

Soup

Nutritionists urge us to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day but it can be difficult to hit these targets. A bowl of soup is one excellent way to make sure you are getting at least two of those portions. A mixed vegetable or minestrone soup will also ensure you get a good mix of minerals, nutrients and phytochemicals - antioxidants found in plants that destroy harmful chemicals in your body. When you are picking a soup it is important to look for ones that contain vegetables for vitamins and nutrients, and beans or pasta for slow-release carbohydrates to give you energy throughout the rest of the day. Avoid canned and packet soups as they contain higher amounts of salt and additives.

Broccoli and cauliflower 


These cruciferous vegetables may be your top defense against winter sickness. Broccoli and cauliflower are both high in vitamin C, which is associated with enhanced immune function.

Root (for) vegetables

Root vegetables like beets, carrots and turnips can withstand the cold, so local farmers can provide fresh produce — and you can reap the benefits such as a boost of beta-carotene from carrots, or vitamins C and A from turnips.

Sushi?

For a suprising alternative to typical comfort foods try sushi. Choose rolls lined with tuna or salmon. Both are good sources of vitamin D. During the winter months, when you have limited exposure to the sun, food sources of the bone-healthy vitamin become even more essential. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with impaired growth, weakening of the bones and even the risk of heart disease.

Contact Marie Biggs, our Customer Experience Manager for restaurant menu ideas, within your budget and dietary needs. T. 763-450-5613  E. mbiggs@meetingmeals.com