Let’s be honest, most snow day recipes out there are not exactly figure friendly.
There’s something about hunkering down by the fire as the flakes fall that inspires cookies, cakes and heavy stews. And yes, there’s a special place in our hearts for those dishes, but when the winter is formidable and snow days are a weekly occurrence, those special snowed-in treats become a little too regular.
The good news? Eating healthy when you’re stuck at home doesn’t have to feel like a sacrifice.
Skip the hot chocolate and buttery popcorn. While you’re working on the computer or kicking back in front of the television, try a fruit smoothie using frozen organic fruit (look for at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s), vanilla almond milk and a dollop of Greek yogurt with a bowl salty oven-roasted kale chips. Or for a warmer option, we like a steamy bowl of quinoa with pureed sweet potato, maple syrup and a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Snacks that taste good and are good for you will leave you just as full as that stack of chocolate chip cookies, but with a little less guilt. Here are some of our favorite dishes to make for a feel-good snowy day.
This article was originally published on Feb. 3, 2014.