Beat the winter bulge: Smart snacks to stave off unwanted weight

Winter seems like the perfect time to sit back, relax and indulge in copious amounts of tasty foods. On average, people tend to gain between 2kg and 3kg during the winter months, WedMD reports.

Just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean you have to stuff your face with unhealthy snacks. In fact, there are plenty of ‘yummy’ foods that won’t wreak havoc on your health. Don’t know where to start? Leading nutritionist Dr Gina Cleo has shared her top healthy foodie tips for those wanting to make the switch.

“During the cooler months, it’s easy to reach for comforting food,” Cleo says. “Foods that are rich in carbohydrates and sugar release glucose straight to our brain giving us an instant feeling of happiness. Eating also helps to warm our body up, so we tend to want to eat more during the cooler months.”

Yet before you get started, Cleo says it’s important to set up your pantry first. This means incorporating easy-to-reach, healthy choices like apples or some sourdough bread and hummus.

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