Snacking in winter or for comfort is easy and often we don’t even know we are doing it. Here are some indulgent and healthy snack ideas to take you through winter.
I hope you have enjoyed my healthy tips to make comfort food. Please feel free to share your tips to get you through the colder months!
I also have some great cooking classes on offer during June at Putia Pure food Kitchen including; Risotto, Gnocchi and Pasta, Winter Comfort Cooking and Singles Winter Comfort Cooking, Breakfast Like a King, Fabulous Organic Growing and Northern Italian Favourites.
Comfort food is all about meals and ingredients that keep us feeling nurtured, warm and wholesome during those cold days and chilly nights, and these tips are a sure way to keep the winter blues away and still feel like you are staying true to your healthy self.
- Try having spiced popcorn that you have made yourself. Roast off almonds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds with a tsp of olive oil and a tablespoon of tamari or your favourite curry powder. Add a little salt and pepper and bake until golden and crunchy.
- Make your own herbal teas by infusing ginger with mint and a stick of cinnamon. Drink this for a warming drink. You can add a little honey and lemon if you feel poorly.
- If you are entertaining, use a lighter style red wine and bring it to a simmer with lemon and orange peel, a stick of cinnamon, a couple of cloves, a few slices of ginger and a tbsp of orange blossom or rose water and simmer this until fragrant. Drink warm for a twist on that comforting glass of red. For hot chocolate fans, blend together dark dutch cocoa, with a good pinch of cinnamon, a few drops of vanilla essence, a pinch of chilli and some honey or a little sugar. Pour over your warm milk or hot water and enjoy.
- My favourite healthy chocolate substitute (as we all know that chocolate is a winter favourite) is blending together fresh dates with dutch cocoa, cocoa nibs, soaked nuts and a table spoon of coconut. Roll into balls and again in coconut. Eat one when you feel that sugar hit urge.