All posts tagged: winter

Winter Budget Saving Tips! Plus a bonus winter warming recipe!

Here in OZ we are in the depth of winter (well ok, technically its just clocked over into spring, but it most definitely still feels like winter and will for some time yet!). Where I live, on the Surfcoast in Victoria, today and this week is very, very chilly indeed…BRRRRR! So this morning when I got up, I decided it was most definitely soup weather. Nothing says winter like a big bowl of comforting, soulful soup don’t you think? The aroma of a hearty soup bubbling away on the stove brings that cosy feeling of home and family on a chilly evening. Soup is a brilliant low budget, nutrient dense meal that can satisfy hunger and feed a family without breaking the bank. One big pot can be packed full of protein, vitamins, minerals and fibre that keep hunger cravings at bay and provide a big daily serve of veggies. The versatility of soup means you can tailor it to your taste and dietary requirements and starting with a home made nutrient packed stock/broth is …

5 ways to ‘healthy swap’ this winter to help with your waistline!

It certainly is getting chilly out there this winter and I for one am not a big fan. We have 4 seasons in a year, 3 of which I love but winter, well I don’t know about you but I just get over it very quickly and start fantasizing ( even planning) warm  beach holidays. The one thing that I do look forward to in winter is warming comfort food. I think of soups, stews, curries, slow cooked braises and warming drinks. But some of these comfort foods, along with the desire to lounge around more and hibernate can not be so great for the waistline. You can make a few switches in your diet, to help swap out the not so great for the waistline to sailing through the season feeling and looking good. Here is my list of 5 great healthy swaps that will keep you satisfied and give you that feeling of comfort without the guilt and perhaps that ‘muffin top’! Switch white potatoes to sweet potatoes-  Sweet potatoes are higher in fibre, vitamin A and C, contain fewer calories …