As the winter season arrives, it brings with it colder temperatures and the temptation of hearty, carb heavy & sugar laden comfort foods. For individuals following a keto lifestyle, the winter months may pose unique challenges in adhering to their low-carb eating. However, with some strategic planning and a few helpful tips, you can successfully navigate the winter season while staying true to your keto goals. In this blog, we will explore how to keep up with your keto lifestyle during winter and ensure that you maintain your health and wellness throughout the colder months.
Embrace seasonal Keto foods:
Winter offers a wide array of delicious and nutritious foods that are compatible with Keto. Think of hearty vegetables like cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and kale, which can be roasted or steamed and incorporated into satisfying meals. You can also add these delicious vegetables roasted on top of our Keto Savoury Pancake Mix. Additionally, winter is the perfect time for warming soups and stews, where you can utilise low-carb ingredients such as bone broth, grass-fed meats, and a variety of vegetables. Bake up some of our delicious Keto cakes for a yummy desert with a cup of tea so you don’t feel like you are missing out.
Prioritise healthy fats:
Incorporating healthy fats is a cornerstone of the Keto lifestyle. During winter, you can experiment with warming fats like avocado oil, coconut oil, and ghee to enhance the flavour of your dishes. These fats not only contribute to feeling fuller for longer after eating but also provides the body with a sustainable source of energy.
Choose seasonal beverages wisely:
Winter often brings a desire for hot beverages to warm up. While traditional hot chocolates and sweetened lattes are off-limits for Keto enthusiasts, you can enjoy a cup of bulletproof coffee or tea. Adding a dollop of grass-fed butter or MCT oil, can create a rich, satisfying beverage that fits your Keto lifestyle.
Plan ahead for events:
Gatherings and parties can be challenging when you're following a specific lifestyle. However, with some pre-planning, you can stay committed to your Keto lifestyle without feeling deprived. Offer to bring a keto-friendly dish to share, ensuring there will be something delicious and suitable for you to enjoy. It's also helpful to communicate with your host beforehand to discuss your dietary needs.
Winter weather might make outdoor activities less appealing, but it's essential to stay active to support your overall health. Find indoor activities or exercises that you enjoy, such as yoga, the gym, or dancing. Engaging in regular physical activity contributes to a positive mindset and can help reduce stress levels.
Incorporate Vitamin D:
During winter, the limited sunlight exposure can lead to less vitamin D in our bodies, which is important for our overall health. Consuming foods rich in this nutrient, such as fatty fish (salmon, mackerel) and egg yolks may help to boost up your Vitamin D in your body. Consult your healthcare provider for more information on this and what your body needs.
Drinking an adequate amount of water is vital regardless of the season. In winter, it's easy to overlook hydration, but it's essential for maintaining optimal bodily functions. Keep a water bottle with you throughout the day, and if you find it challenging to consume cold water during colder months, opt for herbal teas or warm water with lemon.