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Healthy Winter Foods

April 19, 2013 Emily Murray Seattle 0 Comments

Healthy Winter Foods

Winter is one of the hardest times of year to keep your body running at optimum proficiency. Not only is it cold outside (preventing outdoor exercise and activities) you also cannot rely on the unlimited supply of fresh produce as you can in the warmer months. Because of these two main setbacks a lot of people will develop unhealthy eating habits over the winter months, and especially over a Holiday break. Believe it or not, there are still some great and healthy foods to eat and incorporate into the culinary arts during the winter months. You just have to know where to look!

Soups and Stews
One of the best go-to types of meals in the winter months is soup (or even stews). Soups offer a variety of styles and tastes to keep your palette from getting bored and are extremely easy to prepare or throw in a slow cooker for a hot meal ready right when you get home in the evening. They are tasty but require very little cooking training. Use ingredients you can find readily available in grocery stores like squash (Butternut squash soup for example), greens (for an Italian Wedding soup), or even tomatoes (for a tomato basil soup). All of those veggies are usually available during winter and are not too expensive for a cash-conscious person or family.

Use a Slow Cooker
Other great ideas for winter meals include anything that is able to be cooked in a slow cooker. There is always meat on hand at your local grocer during the winter months so the possibilities really are endless. Grab a butt or shoulder roast from the store, put it in the slow cooker (with some liquids) and enjoy some amazing fall-apart meat when you get home from a long day. Cut the fat off the meat before cooking for leaner approach and serve with steamed veggies or squash.

The winter time is usually very hard for families trying to eat healthy but it really doesn't have to be. There are so many easy and healthy meals you can make to keep yourself looking good and feeling great, all you have to do is have a desire to find them! Combine this desire with a little cooking training and you are on your way to perfecting tasty and healthy culinary arts creations!

This article is presented by Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Seattle. Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Seattle offers culinary arts and pâtisserie and baking training programs. To learn more about the class offerings, please visit Chefs.edu/Seattle for more information. 

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