Keep your heart healthy with these 7 healthy tips for winter.
Enjoy winter seasonal vegetables and fruit. Grapefruit, kiwifruit, mandarins, and oranges are all delicious and in season over winter. Try involving fruit in your breakfast if you’re not already, and add an extra serving of vegetables to each main meal. Broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower are great winter vegetables, particularly for soups.
Take time for tea. Black and green tea are rich in plant chemicals, some of which are called flavonoids, which have antioxidant effects. In studies of people who drink tea regularly, their blood vessels were healthier and their risk of heart disease lower.
Consider stews and casseroles. Make your casseroles and stews with lots of vegetables to boost your meals with heart-healthy foods. When cooking stews and casseroles remember to trim fat off meat before cooking and add kidney beans, chickpeas, soy beans, or lentils for fiber, and use reduced salt stock.
Perfect your portions. Winter is a great time to re-think the size of your meal, especially with foods such as rice, pasta, and potatoes. Choosing a healthy amount can help to manage your weight and free up space on your plate for more vegetables!
Get active indoors. There are lots of indoor activities to embrace over winter, such as yoga, bowling, dancing, soccer, and so on. The key is making your winter activity enjoyable and social.
Sit less. Get active around the house. Don’t want to miss your favorite show? Try jogging or skipping on the spot or even just stretching while you watch. Try getting active gardening, cleaning, washing the dog, or dancing.
Get moving, regardless. Keep an eye on the weather and if it’s not raining, get out outside and go for it. Once you get moving you’ll warm up. When you’re out and about look for incidental ways to exercise. Walk or cycle to the local shops instead of driving the car. Use the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. Join a walking group, or become a virtual walker and get active with friends to keep you motivated.