Tally-ho from freezing cold New England! Sickness + colds are flourishing in this here casa…..the never-ending drip, drip, drip is happening and the only thing that helps us combat it is food. Good wholesome, whole foods. Mother nature knows how the cold weather can wreak havoc on our immune system so she graciously gave us a surplus of citrus to nosh on. Thank you sweet lady.
There is no doubt about it that the food we eat greatly affects our well-being, but how to figure out WHAT to eat can be tricky, time consuming, and all around confusing. Fear not- eating good whole food is SIMPLE and no you don't need a million dollars to eat that way or have read all of the latest diet books. I know, and your welcome.
Here are some of my winter pantry/fridge/freezer staples as well as a typical winter meal plan:
+ winter staples
- citrus- grapefruits, oranges, clementines, tangerines, lemons and the like
- cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, squash, beets, carrots, parsnips- a mix
- greens- kale, chard, and spinach are great
- rice + quinoa- white, brown, muti, wild, red, black…all colors of the rainbow
- assort of pastas- usually brown rice and whole grain but the white kind slips in
- lentils and beans
- farm fresh eggs
- stocks- sometimes homemade and other times bought
- frozen berries
- raw nuts
- nut butters- almond, sunflower seed, cashew
- oats- we do GF
- coconut oil, grape seed, cold pressed olive oil
- coconut milk- full fat
- fruit/veg popsicles- for the fussy toddler who lives here (Ruby Rockets are fab)
- chia seeds, hemp seeds, and raw cacao nibs- for toppings on various things
- good tea- roasted dandelion, ginger, chamomile + lavender, green, and mint
- good coffee
+ M-F winter dinners:
- Monday- soup or stew + salad
- Tuesday- taco tuesday- we do beans with some tomato sauce topped with cabbage and other veggies
- Wednesday- salmon or chicken with greens and grains (a good day is with coconut rice…yum)
- Thursday- burritos with tempeh or tofu or chicken/salmon from yesterday if we are lucky
- Friday- homemade pizza + salad
- Saturday + Sunday- easy pasta, stir fry, or eggs
These meals are not terribly tricky. There is still a lot of experimentation going on in my kitchen and i like that cause i am a creative. You don't have to follow a recipe or serve a million different things. KEEP IT SIMPLE and stick to what is real and whole. And when all else fails have a popsicle.
p.p.s. if you have any food allergies or health issues please reach out to a certified Holistic Health Coach- Marisa Wiewall is fantastic.