Healthy winter comfort foods

I completed a Whole 30 in November, just in time for the holidays. I slept better, had more energy, and didn’t have any lupus symptoms. I decided to loosely stick to a Whole 30 lifestyle after the holidays. (If you’re not familiar with Whole 30, it is very similar to paleo.)

Easier said than done, right? During the spring and summer, eating fresh fruits and veggies feels natural, and grilling meat is one of the simplest and most delicious meals available.

In the winter, I find myself craving heavy, rich foods. Bring on the pasta, pizza, cookies and bread bowls!

Since I don’t enjoy cooking that much, I require quick and simple recipes. One of the most empowering experiences during my Whole 30 was learning that nutritious recipes are often even simpler than less healthy ones.

If you want to eat healthier in 2014 but feel stuck in a rut, or you’re craving heavy foods on these cold days, I have a few recipes for you. They are filling and satisfying on winter days, simple to prepare, and full of nutrition!

applesauce oatmeal

Applesauce oatmeal:

  • Cook rolled oats or steel cut oats on the stove, decreasing the amount of water slightly.
  • Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of unsweetened applesauce, a dash of vanilla extract, a few liberal shakes of cinnamon, a dash of salt, and some cinnamon sugar or maple syrup. (You don’t need to sweeten it much because the applesauce acts as a natural sweetener.)
  • Stir consistently until it thickens, and serve. I top mine off with walnuts and almond milk. *Not Whole 30 friendly, because oats are grains. As far as grains go, oats are some of the healthiest so I’m okay with eating them.

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