Should You Change Your Diet Seasonally?: 3 Foods to Address Your Body’s Changing Needs

It’s easy to gain (but also easy to hide) the few extra pounds we put on during the winter.

But besides weight, nutrition is so important, especially in the winter months, for fighting off the flu. Here are three things I have been eating and drinking to stay energized and healthy:

Eggs with Ghee Butter & Turmeric

You’ve probably heard this a million times, but eating fats is not necessarily bad for you. Consuming healthy fats can prevent weight gain and promote higher levels of vitality. Common high fat foods you’ve heard of are probably avocados and salmon, but have you heard that butter should be incorporated in your diet?

I’ve been eating ghee butter for a few months now and I am a convert.

Ghee butter has too many health benefits to ignore – and plus, it tastes delicious! Ghee tastes like a richer and more decadent version of butter.

The ingredients that make up ghee butter not only help reduce belly fat and inflammation, but also helps increase bone density and aid cardiovascular health. One of the biggest benefits of using ghee butter to cook is that it has a high smoking point, and that makes it a great ingredient to cook with. So simmer that spinach and eggs in ghee butter and you don’t need any oil at all.

My go-to breakfast, and sometimes  lunch, is a bowl of eggs and spinach, both cooked with ghee butter and topped off with turmeric, another superfood to note. With the eggs I try to only eat Omega 3 eggs or pasture-raised eggs.

Spinach is a good source of zinc, which helps aid the immune system. Eggs are a great source of vitamin B12, which contribute to the normal functioning of the immune system and also a reduction in fatigue. Omega 3 eggs are shown to have approximately 4 times as much omega-3 fatty acids as conventional eggs and shown to help lower blood pressure. I use this amazing blend of turmeric, cinnamon and nutmeg from Countertop to add on to my eggs instead of using salt and pepper. It’s completely replaced my need to salt and pepper my eggs!

Celery Juice Diet

This vegetable that has never been given attention the past few years is finally getting the attention it deserves.

Drinking celery juice in the morning has been all the craze lately and of course, I started doing it too. I haven’t observed any noticeable differences in my energy level, but there’s been a remarkable improvement in my digestion. I also don’t have the time nor the desire to blend celery juice every morning, but Pressed Juicery saved my life with that – these bottles are only $5 and they taste delicious.

Celery contains a bioactive compound that helps with stomach inflammation and overall gut health. Research shows that celery can reduce blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and potentially decrease the risks of getting cancer.

But that being said, a juice is a juice so make sure you are getting adequate fiber in your diet in other ways!

Healthy Hot Chocolate

All we want to do when it’s colder is snuggle in bed with a cup of hot chocolate and whipped cream. But one cup can easily reach 500 calories with the extra chocolate, milk and hot chocolate. Considering I can’t do without the taste of hot chocolate, I found a healthy alternative that I love and hope guys will too: Four Sigmatic’s Mushroom Hot Cacao with Reishi (Organic, Vegan, Paleo, & Decaf).

Instead of feeling lazy and sluggish after a cup of regular hot chocolate, this actually enhanced my energy level even though it’s caffeine free. The Mushroom Hot Cacao is a guilty pleasure with health benefits because its main ingredient, reishi, is known to lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels. It’s a powerful adaptogen that helps the body relax when under stress, cleanse the liver, and generally aid with body detox (Find out why adaptogens deserve your attention here).

I love mixing this in with hot water and a dollop of almond or coconut milk. Add some stevia if you want it a little sweeter! Depending on how much milk and sugar you add in, this will be at max, 50 calories– a sweet & healthy evening delight.

– Ava Lee

Photos by Ava Lee

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