Winter is well and truly upon us; the days are getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping. Despite the strong temptation to stay indoors and eat nothing but comfort food, it’s still very important to maintain your healthy eating habits and get your 30 minutes of physical activity a day.
Winter can bring increased risk of illness such as the cold or flu, so it is essential to eat nutritious and wholesome foods like fruit and vegetables, which can boost your immune system. When shopping, choose seasonal produce, preferably from local farmers’ markets, which support the local community!
Eating seasonal food is healthier for you, plus it’s better for your wallet and for the environment. It’s important to get a good variety of seasonal fruit and vegetables to help you maintain a well-balanced diet. Examples of winter produce are cabbage, broccoli, turnips, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, carrots, onion, apples, oranges and pears.
If you can’t get to the shops or markets, consider ordering healthy and delicious meals from Gourmet Meals – our meals and soups are full of wonderful vegetables. They are snap frozen, which helps retain all the nutrients and minerals, and they are reduced in fat and salt, high in protein and fibre, gluten-free and many are dairy-free too.
The Gourmet Meals menu is packed with variety. Some of our current winter favourites include delicious hearty soups, casseroles and roasts. Our Winter Promotion offers even more tasty options to get you through the cold wintery days ahead; check out our <Specials Menu>, available from 1 July.
Keeping your body hydrated in winter is also important. Just because you’re not perspiring the way you do during summer, it’s still important to drink enough water during the colder months. Water is absolutely essential for a healthy body, as it helps your body regulate its temperature and maintain the proper function of your organs, tissues and cells.
It is suggested your body needs around 35 to 45ml of fluid per kg of bodyweight. So, if you weigh 65 kg you will need to drink around 2.2 to 3 litres of fluid a day. This can include tea or coffee but just be careful not to include drinks that have too much added sugar like sugary soft drinks.
It is common to feel less motivated to exercise during the winter months and even getting out of bed can sometimes feel like a huge chore. If you’re not a fan of the cold weather and exercising outside, why not try some indoor options? COVID-19 restrictions are easing, and many indoor activity programmes are once again becoming accessible.
However, winter days can often be beautiful here in Queensland, so why not enjoy a good stroll or bike ride, while enjoying the fresh air? It’s all about getting yourself moving and embracing the activities of your choice. You will feel so much better for it!
Don’t forget our Winter Menu special. Mention the code Winter20 when ordering and get one free meal for every $80 spent, excluding delivery. Find out more click here.
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