Welcome to winter!

Welcome to winter. Everything is frozen, so why not keep your food that way too?!

Whenever I have tube to indulge my love of cooking, I always make 2-3 meals worth while I’m at it, freezing at least one means worth for another day. That way I always have a healthy meal ready, and don’t have to rely on fast foods, quick means or pizza delivery.

I, for one, actually love winter. I know it’s not a popular opinion, but hey, where we are, you either got to embrace it or live through 4 long months of misery. It is definitely harder to get out of a warm bed and head out into the cold to get your workout in. But dang, it sure feels good to take that hot shower after and get into your sweats after you sweat!

My other issue with winter: how hard it is to find great quality, fresh, healthy produce. Without breaking the bank. Let’s face it, living in New England, there just isn’t local fresh fruits and veggies this time of year. Instead of wasting money on mediocre food, go with the winter flow and buy frozen! Yes frozen fruits and vegetables have all the same amazing health benefits as fresh (possibly even more than fresh in winter) AND they last much longer. And the taste, color, and flavor are great.

I love to buy big bags of organic blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and mango from the store to add to shakes, yogurt, oatmeal, or protein pancakes/waffles. Frozen spinach, kale, broccoli, and Tri color pepper strips (how annoying is cutting up peppers?) are always in my freezer to add to stir fry, egg dishes, pastas, soups, as sides etc.

I love to stock up when I actually brave the cold and leave the house (less trips to the grocery store) That way i ALWAYS have healthy food right at my fingertips, use what you need, save the rest for another time. No more waste! No prepping, washing or chopping! It’s all been done for you.

You really can’t go wrong, just be sure you give the label a quick read to be sure you aren’t purchasing a product with added sugar or sauces. Keep it simple. You body and wallet will benefit.

Stay warm!  xo Coach Julie