As the nights draw in, any number of diet-busting temptations are waiting to emerge from the dark offering a quick fix against the cold – but they tend to be packed with the sugar or alcohol. It’s a long stretch until springtime, but with countless Christmas dinners, parties and winter markets already jostling for our attention it becomes all the more important to stay hydrated.
During the warm summer months it’s easier to drink plenty of water: we all know that while keeping us cool and hydrated, water is a great appetite suppressant and can really boost our efforts at weight loss. But to extend those good intentions through autumn and into the new year requires a bit more imagination.
A new infographic from Budget Direct is here to help. Offering a veritable pinboard of tasty, nutritious ways to pimp up a humble glass of water, it is a serious weapon in your defence against temptation this winter. While you’ll want to keep it on your desktop throughout the year (there are some tasty summer refreshers, too) it bears looking at now for the healthy alternatives you can discover for those icy mornings when you can’t get yourself started, or even to help you say no to wine at parties.
The Strawberry & Jalapeño Winter Warmer is a great one in that first instance: infused in the fridge, the natural sweetness of the strawberries is given a boisterous, warming kick by the spice of the pepper – which is also packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
At your office do, you can ward off the call of the Prosecco by carrying a Fennel Fizzer instead. Adding fresh fennel tops to sparkling water makes for a tasty alternative to wine that may also deliver a healthy dose of fibre.
So before you do your next weekly shop, you’ll want to cross-check this special menu against your list. With just a few common fruits, herbs and vegetables you can derail temptation while staying on track with your weight loss efforts this winter.
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