This Trick Can Stop You From Inhaling Everything This Winter
Detox teas may be kind of questionable, but there’s something to be said about drinking tea to keep you full, or drinking and eating anything warm, actually.
Warm foods will heat up your body and keep you more satisfied in the winter, explained Monica Amsterdam, Director of Nutrition at the Medical and Wellness Center of New Jersey,
“To keep your temperature stable and maintain homeostasis, you need more energy. Swap unhealthy dishes for healthy soups and stews made with tons of leafy green vegetables, garlic and onions. Also incorporate legumes, hot peppers, ginger, and herbal tea—these foods will help heat up the body, and keep you satisfied.”
There’s a reason why a cup of tea or a bowl of soup can fill you up so fast, and the bonus is that both mostly consist of water. That means that you’ll feel full without eating extra calories, and you won’t feel that all-too-familiar winter food coma that leaves you immobile on the couch under a fuzzy blanket all weekend.
Plus, soup is really cheap and easy to make! Throw some chicken stock and veggies in a big pot, and forget about it until you’re hungry, basically. Easiest meal prep ever, who knew you were such a #fitchick?
This winter, instead of reaching for a box of holiday cookies, reach for a cup of gingerbread tea and see if it satisfies your cravings. Cookies are delicious, obvi, but since no normal person can only eat one cookie, that sugar is bound to make you crash and feel shitty. Tea will just make you feel warm and cozy, maybe a little peppy if there is caffeine in it.
Obviously, this doesn’t mean you have to avoid all yummy holiday foods, but adding warm foods to your diet can definitely help you from clearing out your pantry while cooped up in your house all winter. You’ll feel better, and probably look better when springtime comes around too.