Like many people, if you find your appetite increases during the colder weather, warm up your insides with nourishing meals and drinks rather than energy-dense comfort foods.
Try porridge instead of sugary cereals for breakfast, homemade soups and stews with lots of added vegetables for lunches and dinners and herbal teas between meals.
Adding warming spices like ginger and chilli to meals can also help boost circulation and keep you feeling warm inside.
That’s 2 servings of fruit and 5 servings of vegetables.
Aim for half of your lunch and dinner meals to made up of vegetables. Homemade soups and stews are a great vehicle for adding lots of different vegetables and steamed or roasted vegetables make the perfect winter side dish.
Legumes such as tinned lentils, chickpeas and kidney beans are also a fabulous addition to winter dishes.
Rather than summer fruit salads, try stewed fruit or baked apples (keep the skin on for extra fibre!) sprinkled with cinnamon and served with some natural unsweetened yoghurt makes a perfect winter dessert.
3. Stay Active
If you find yourself reluctant to head outdoors for your usual run, perhaps try a new group fitness class or Bikram (hot) yoga session indoors. Exercise DVDs and YouTube fitness videos are also a fantastic free option if finances are tight.
If you’re lucky enough to live near the snow, winter is of course the perfect opportunity to get active on the ski fields.
Make sure your homemade vegetable soups contain adequate protein (e.g. cooked and shredded chicken, chopped lean meat or tinned legumes) to keep you full and assist with preserving lean body mass.
As the majority of tinned and store-bought soups tend to be very low in protein, make sure you add your own protein source when reheating.
5. Be Organised by Keeping a List of Healthy Warm Meals Handy
Instead of being tempted to eat out or order an unhealthy energy-dense takeaway meal, keep a list of simple healthy meal options handy on your fridge.
Web pages such as taste.com and healthyfoodguide.com.au offer healthy recipe collections that are a great starting point for inspiration.
If you want to be super organised, make a double batch of favourite dinner meals and freeze leftovers so all you need to do is reheat after a busy day when the last thing on your mind will be preparing a healthy balanced meal.