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10 Guilt-Free Comfort Foods To Warm Your Heart In Winter

10 Guilt-Free Comfort Foods To Warm Your Heart In Winter

Everything has its advantages and disadvantages. Even in nature. Just like summer has lovely, sunny, long days, it also has humidity, sweat-inducing heatwaves, and the temperature rising to an uncomfortable peak. Meanwhile, winter may be gloomy, dark, cold, with short days, yet, festivals, food, and coming home to a warm house are appealing characteristics of the season. If you live with your family, or partner, this season is the best season to snuggle. Snuggling your way to sleep does not only make you feel warm, it also helps to increase bonding.

Talking about bonding, and keeping warm, there is another way to enjoy the chilly days, whether you live with your family, partner, or alone.

Comfort food!

There are some foods that will surely warm your heart in the winter time, and you can eat them guilt-free because these comfort foods are healthy, and suitable for those on diets. Here is a list of guilt-free comfort foods to warm your heart this winter.

1. Sausage and Broccoli Rabe with Polenta

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    Winter and spicy food are a great combination. It keeps your body warm for sure. This Italian dish of goodness has a combination of sausages and broccoli. It is cooked in chicken stock, with a dash of dry white wine cooked in thick tomato puree. Perfect Italiano fusion.

    2. Zesty Vegetable Lasagna

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      This recipe has two kinds of cheese, your favorite vegetables, and lots of them too! You can add penne pasta, or no-boil lasagna noodles, and different kinds of herbs. What a perfect weekend dinner for your family, and friends.

      3. Baked Potato Eggs

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        This is a very rich, cheesy meal, that is perfect for a lazy weekend brunch. Not much of a hassle, this comfort food is so tasty that even a person on a diet would gobble it down without feeling guilty.

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        4. Iraqi Lamb and Eggplant Stew with Pitas

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          A hot lamb stew cooked using Middle Eastern techniques, this recipe is a delicious way to end the night. This hearty meal is best served with pita breads. The union of tender and juicy lamb, with ingredients including eggplant, yellow split peas, red chilies, and garam masala is just tantalizing!

          5. Creamy Spinach Casserole

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            This spinach recipe has cheese, cream, bacon, lemon, and lemon zest, as well as other ingredients. If you are health conscious, avoid the cream. Otherwise, it is a hearty meal that you can eat alone.

            6. Braised Short Ribs with Parsnips

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              The rich flavored short ribs in this recipe are braised in red wine, tomatoes, and herbs. The meat needs to be absolutely tender, and the seasoning should be oozing. You can have this dish with rice, mashed potatoes, or even egg noodles.

              7. Chicken Noodle Soup

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                Nothing beats chicken noodle soup to keep you warm. The recipe is very easy, and takes a very short time to cook. It is absolutely suitable for those who are on strict diets.

                8. Butternut Squash Enchiladas

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                  One of my favorites, butternut squash is an ideal healthy vegetable. This recipe may raise eyebrows, but once you make it and taste it for yourself, you won’t believe how amazing it is! This is also a perfect complete meal for a vegetarian.

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                  9. Cranberry-Streusel Corn Muffin

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                    This simple cranberry-streusel muffin is a fantastic dessert item which you can serve after meal. Alternatively, you can eat this any time you want and children will thoroughly enjoy it too!

                    10. Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Brownie

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                      This is truly sinful comfort food. The combination of peanut butter, chocolate, and coffee are more than enough to tease your taste buds. Do not forget to try this one at home- you will totally forget the bitter cold outside.

                      These comfort foods will surely make your heart warm. You should at least try one of these recipes, if not more. I hope you have enjoyed this article as much as I have enjoyed writing it for you.

                      Have a warm winter, everyone!

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                      Last Updated on December 13, 2018

                      12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

                      12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

                      Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

                      A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

                      1. Eat Before Heading Out

                      First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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                      2. Select The Treats

                      Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

                      3. Avoid Skipping Meals

                      Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

                      4. Drink With Moderation

                      It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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                      5. Be Active

                      You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

                      6. Get Out Of The House

                      Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

                      7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

                      Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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                      8. Set Realistic Goals

                      You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

                      9. Enjoy Yourself

                      Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

                      10. Drink A Lot Of Water

                      This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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                      11. Eat Less And More Often

                      Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

                      12. Prioritize Your Workouts

                      Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

                      So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

                      Happy Holidays everyone!

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