Protect Your Health And Your Energy During the Winter Months

The cold winter months can take a toll on our energy and on our overall general health.  It is especially important to provide our bodies with the nutrients it needs to keep up energized and healthy.  Illnesses seem to be more prevalent during the winter months.  We also seem to have less energy when the weather is cold.  This is the time of year when we are looking for a pick-me-up.  Make your go to pick-me-up foods something that will nourish your body and limit the processed sugary snacks to a minimum.

Here are some foods that will help to keep you energized and will help provide your body with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy:

You need to stay hydrated during the winter months.  Staying hydrated in the warm weather may not be a problem since you are probably thirsty.  Duringthe winter, you may not think about drinking water.  Your body still needs approximately 8 glasses of water daily.  Your body will absorb liquid from some fruits and vegetables and there is liquid in soup.  You also will get fluids from drinking tea, cocoa or hot chocolate or coffee.  With some of these beverages you need to be careful you do not get too much caffeine.  Be sure you are also drinking some water each day.

Lean meat and fish are an important part of a healthy eating plan.  Eating pork, turkey, chicken and lean ground beef will provide a good source for iron.  Iron helps to store and transport oxygen in the body to keep you energized.  Eating salmon will provide riboflavin, protein, niacin and vitamin B6 which all have energy-converting properties.

Eating whole grains will help keepup  your energy.  Start your morning with a bowl of hot oatmeal.  Oatmeal contains fiber and B vitamins. Other foods which help maintain your energy level throughout the day include brown rice, whole wheat bread and whole wheat pasta.

Include some fruit in your daily menu.  Apples are plentiful and delicious during the winter.  Bananas are very tasty when sliced over your cereal for breakfast.  Berries are another good choice, but these may be expensive in winter.  Don’t ignore the frozen berries.  These will work well if you are making a smoothie.  Fruit can be a delicious treat which will give you the energy you need throughout the day.

Your body needs iron to help transport and store oxygen.  In addition to the lean meat and fish, leafy greens such as spinach, lettuce and broccoli help provided needed iron.  When you are looking for an afternoon pick-me-up try making a smoothie from vegetables.

Some other great foods that provide energy include lentils, legumes, beans and peas.  These foods contain iron, protein and magnesium all of which are needed for energy. They also provide fiber which will keep you feeling full and energized longer.

You will want to include eggs and Greek yogurt in your diet.  Both are excellent sources of protein and the Greek yogurt will provide probiotics which help keep your immune system strong.

When you are looking for a snack think about some nuts.  Nuts provide protein and magnesium and will help you feel more energized and may improve your mood.  Consider walnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, etc.

You can satisfy your sweet tooth with dark chocolate.  Dark chocolate contains antioxidants, magnesium and iron.  It is a natural choice to take care of your cravings for something sweet, and it will also give you energy.

If you provide your body with the nutrients it needs throughout the day you will feel more energized and better able to cope with the cold blustery winter months.