Now that the cold has really set in over the UK and bonfire night has passed by in a haze of fireworks and sparklers, it’s the time of year when all you want to do is cozy up in front of Love Actually (other winter films available but none of them quite as good!) and eat/drink a range of comfort food and drink.
I find it so much harder to remain low carb once autumn sets in. Suddenly a nice fresh salad or filler of fish with green veggies just doesn’t really feel like it’s going to hit the spot. Through a lot of trial and error, I have therefore identified a few ways of tricking my body in to thinking its being satiated with carby comfort food!
This has been my saviour on many occasions. It is amazing how the texture really emulates that of normal rice and it’s a great low carb alternative that can be served as a main dish mixed with veggies or as an accompaniment to a chilli or curry.
One of the things about comfort food that I really crave is the ‘warming’ element. I therefore find that adding fresh chilli to any dish can make me feel as warm and full inside as a plate full of carby lasagne. I use them in marinades for fish or stir fries with spiralised courgettes instead of noodles and this ticks the comfort food box perfectly!
Nuts are a brilliant alternative to other, more carby ingredients often used in warming desserts. A crumble usually made with flour and sugar can be made using ground nuts and stevia which reduces the carb count by a huuuuge amount and means you can still enjoy that cheeky little pudding!
In the winter, most weekends, I try to whip up a batch of low carb and healthy soup to have in the fridge so that a serving can be thrown in the microwave and served in a mere 5 minutes. I will post some of my fave soup recipes up on here over the next few weeks however, as a rule of thumb, I chuck in as many veggies as possible and whizz it up in a blender for quick, on the go warming meals.
5. Options hot chocolate
This one is no secret at all but I just wanted to remind you all that options make a veritable feast of hot chocolate flavours and these are made with water therefore offer a distinctly lower carb and sugar comforting beverage than your usual creamy milk based version!
Just a few of the things I do in a bid to stay low carb over the chilly winter months. That’s not to say I don’t occasionally indulge in a carb laden pudd – after all I’m only human!