Do you have the winter crazies? Tired, sluggish, easily irritated and maybe even a little SAD? This is not just because of the cold weather, there are studies that show we lack in nutrients during the winter months which can lead to a variety of symptoms we want to shovel out with the snow! Luckily though there is an easy away around this and that is, ensuring your nutrition is tip top as soon as the cold dark days appear!
It’s the very part of our human make up to crave denser foods as the months get colder. If you are aiming to eat more local you will notice (unless you are in warmer climates) that the foods which are ‘in season’ during this time perfectly matches our desire for these rib sticking meals. Squashes, seeds, nuts… full of protein, energy boosting carbs and micronutrients that can increase your overall performance in the gym. Most athletes find themselves in off season during these months as well, so make sure that you stock up on some of these winter foods to help your gains over the winter months.
What are some essential vitamins we need over the colder months?
Iron: Feeling tired. Struggling to jump out of bed into the cold frigid air? Me too! However, that sluggish feeling that carries on all day can be due to low iron levels. So make sure that you have plenty of iron in your daily nutrition routine.
Calcium: Bones and teeth. We all know this and especially during the winter months our calcium stores can dip, so don’t risk a bone break from a shovelling fall and keep your teeth strong, as you might be dipping into a few more treats over the holidays!
Omega’s: The winter can give us a sense of sadness (SAD) due to the gloomy months with little light shining over us. Thankfully ensuring you sock up on Omega-3 will help you keep your smile bright (even if it is 20 hours of darkness).
My family just loves treats (obviously) and sometimes it is hard to get little ones to munch on plain nuts for the benefits of the good fats, calcium and protein! So here is our family recipe for a nutty ball that is stacked with all you need, protein, omega’s, iron and all the other goodies you need to keep your body and tummy happy at the same time!