Eat This Instead to Beat Winter Blahs

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Snacks like chocolate and chips are filled with carbohydrates and fats. When we eat these, it affects our serotonin levels and creates a good feeling.  We crave and eat carbs sometimes in an attempt to temporarily boost our mood — especially if you’ve got a bit of the winter blahs! Unfortunately that often ends in a crash. This is why Dr. Kyra Gerber recommends swapping out your go-to snacks for healthier alternatives.

Swap Chocolate Bars for Homemade Trail Mix

trail mix with walnuts, raisins and coconut shavings

It’s no secret that chocolate bars are full of sugar and carbs that give you a quick rush and then a crash an hour later. These bars are also full of preservatives that are not good for our bodies. Finally, chocolate bars are very calorie dense and a nutrient-poor option. It offers nothing in the way of nutrients and our bodies metabolize sugars into fat almost immediately. Especially if it is consumed when very little movement is happening, for example falling asleep at your desk in the afternoon.

Instead try making a mix of walnuts, coconut flakes and raisins.

Why is this a good snack for the winter?

This type of snack is great for winter as it is comforting, tastes great and is filled nutrients for that mid-afternoon lull.

Raisins are rich in B vitamins which are essential for dealing with stress. They provide rapid energy and iron which helps carry oxygen in the blood.

Coconut is full of fiber, vitamins and minerals, amino acids which affect our immunity through the cold and flu season. It also has omega-3 fatty acids and electrolytes which are good for muscle function.

Swap Potato Chips for Kale Chips

kale chips in mason jars

Potato chips are full of fat and salt which is a recipe for overeating. This combination is designed for us to eat and buy more. In the winter, if we don't focus on staying well, it has become a tendency to eat poorly and pack on the “winter weight” and by the spring, we may feel terrible about ourselves. By avoiding this snack you can break the habit … the less you have it, the less you crave!

Instead try kale chips.

Why is this a good snack for the winter?

Kale is readily available and is a superfood by all accounts!

It's packed with vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C and is full of phytonutrients that help in DNA repair. It is also full of anti-inflammatory properties and is packed with iron.

Get a tasty kale chip recipe from In The Kitchen»

 

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