Beat the winter blues with these 12 tips and tricks to help you not only survive but thrive in the colder months.
12 ways to thrive in winter
1. Eat seasonally
Not only do the cooler months give us plenty of delicious and healthy produce to enjoy – think citrus fruits and root veggies – but it’s generally cheaper to buy local fruit and veg that are in season. So not only are you getting a great variety of fresh produce, but your wallet is reaping the rewards too. Tick, tick! Try tossing orange segments into a leafy green salad, or use the juice to make marinades and dressings.
2. Eat a filling breakfast
Coles Aussie-grown Rolled Oats are naturally 100% wholegrain, plus high in dietary fibre for gut health. They also make a warming brekkie – just ask Coles ambassador Brent Draper. “Those cold winter mornings deserve nothing less than a big bowl of creamy oats to get me through the day – and a cappuccino, of course,” he says. Try topping porridge with yoghurt, trail mix and honey, or give our make-ahead version a go.
3. Choose clever cuts
Another way to keep your budget low – and your belly full – is to choose tougher cuts of meat and slow cook them until meltingly tender. Check out our winter slow cooking recipes for some inspiration.
4. Create healthy makeovers
Craving your favourite comfort food? We say go for it! If you’re looking to switch up your usual recipe, try our healthy mac ’n’ cheese recipe, or give our vegan version a go.
5. Boost your winter meals
Speaking of making over your meals, take inspiration from Coles ambassadors Tasia and Gracia Seger to get an extra hit of fibre in your meals. “To feel good during winter, we swap regular carbs – such as white rice and plain pasta – for wholegrain varieties.”
6. Celebrate anything & everything
If winter gets you feeling a little ‘blah’, why not celebrate anything – even the small things! Whether that’s a positive thing happening at work, the kids having a good week at school, or just catching up with a friend you haven’t seen in a while. Any excuse will do, and as a special treat, bake a cake. For the ultimate celebration cake, try our cheat’s confetti cake.
7. Look after yourself
If the thought of the cooler weather alone makes you feel tired, it’s time to put some pep back in your step, starting with your sleep. Most adults need about 8 hours* of shut-eye per night – if you’re not getting enough, think about the changes you can make to help you wind down before bedtime. Find yourself feeling tired around 3pm? Try doing some simple stretches or even a quick walk around your home or workplace to get the blood flowing.
8. Head outside
We know it can be tempting to stay indoors and cosy up, but you can still get out and about during the winter months if you plan ahead. When the weather gets cold, Coles ambassador Courtney Roulston looks to her dogs to help get her out and about. “My partner and I have two small Italian greyhounds – we love rugging up and taking them for a walk on the beach in winter,” she says. “They get to run around, and we get to enjoy the crisp, fresh air.”
9. Enjoy more veggie-packed dinners
Who says hearty meals can’t be wholesome? Courtney loves packing as much winter veg into her cooking as possible. “I eat a lot of salads in summer, but I really love all the winter vegetables,” she says. “I’m a huge fan of brussels sprouts and pumpkin, but if I had to play favourites, then cauliflower wins every time. It’s so versatile! I love it roasted whole, grated up to make ‘rice’, or blitzed into a silky soup.” Check out Courtney’s miso-roasted cauliflower recipe.
10. Update your space
Changes don’t have to be big for them to make a difference – even the smallest of changes can help to boost our mood and make us feel refreshed in winter. This could mean brightening up a room with a new pillow or throw rug, or buying a new mug to sip your tea or coffee from – there are plenty of options in the Coles homewares section.
11. Watch for inspiration
Love seeing – and hearing – meals come to life? We do, too! Head to the Coles YouTube page at youtube.com/coles and click on the Hearty Winter Warmers playlist. Here you’ll find step-by-step instructions to make everything from slow cooker meals to traditional Yorkshire puddings, a must for your Sunday roast.
12. Make a toastie
For the ultimate in quick and easy comfort food, you can’t go past the humble toastie. It’s one of the simplest ways to warm yourself up from the inside out, and there are so many ways to twist it, too. Got leftover bolognaise sauce, or even a slow-cooked curry? Pop it between two slices of bread, add some cheese and get it under the grill – voila! You’ve got yourself a winning toastie.