With the mercury dropping fast, we tend to gravitate towards hearty, soul-warming food. Here are some ideas that will not only fill your little one’s belly, but also keep their immunity strong through the winter months.
Soups, stews and casseroles
There’s virtually nothing bad to say about soups, stews and casseroles. They are filling and packed with great winter ingredients: squash, kumara, leafy greens, beans and more — the combinations are endless. You can easily tweak a recipe to suit your family’s liking.
For working parents, your slow cooker can be your best friend this winter season. Simply throw your ingredients in the pot and come home to a warm, nutritious meal.
Don’t forget, they can be economical too. Start by using seasonal produce and then add in (cheap) filling veggies and beans such as kumara, chickpeas and lentils.
Here are some ideas:
- Pumpkin and carrot soup
- Lentil vegetable soup
- Cauliflower roasted red pepper soup
- Scalloped potato, kale and beef casserole
Sneak in vitamin C
In the quest for winter wellness, vitamin C reigns supreme. It’s great for our body, inside and out. Vitamin C is a water-soluble nutrient, meaning that it isn’t stored by our body so we need to get enough through our meals. Aside from citrus, you can try adding vitamin C-rich food sources like broccoli, cauliflower, green/red pepper, leafy greens, tomatoes and winter squash.
Try a winter veggie stir fry, fresh fruits for a snack, blend a smoothie (you can even sneak in kale or spinach and your kids won’t even notice). Start your winter mornings with a sweet beginning by adding stewed berries and apples on your bowl of oats.
Whole grains include grains like wheat, corn, rice, oats, barley, quinoa, rye and more. Not only do they contain lots of fibre and antioxidants that keeps your loved one’s guts healthy and energy levels up, but they also help your kids feel full for longer from the extra fibre.
Whether it’s bread, crackers or breakfast cereal, you can start opting for a wholegrain option. Alternatively, try adding them to soups for a boost of fibre. If your kids aren’t used to wholegrains, start slow — use one slice of wholegrain bread in a sandwich, mix some brown rice into white rice, or even use wholegrain flour in pizza dough, muffins and cookies.
Winter time can be a dreary season but your meals don’t have to be! I hope I’ve provided you with a source of inspiration that you can use in the kitchen that will keep your family happy and healthy.