The winter weather can seem like a great excuse to hibernate on your couch and push your health and fitness routine to the sidelines. However, winter is actually an important season to keep up with your active lifestyle.
So, how can you look past the clouds and frigid temperatures and get yourself up and moving?
We spoke to health and wellness Queen Jenny Wheeler aka The Active Bod to see what she does to keep fit, healthy and flu free all winter long.
WODUP: It's cold. It's dark. It's wet. How do you keep motivated to stay active when it's cold outside? Do you take your workout indoors or do you find getting outdoors raises your vibration?
JENNY: In the winter months I definitely struggle with motivation. The mornings are dark and it’s cold and it can be hard getting out of bed. During winter I rely on the good habits I have made to get me through. I wake up early at 5:00 am and head to the gym to train. I find if I can just push past those first few moments when my alarm goes off and my brain tells me it’s too cold to get out of bed, I get dressed and get going then I’m always ok. I 100% love getting outside in the winter months!! As soon as there’s a break in the weather I’ll walk the dog or head to the coast for a beach walk. The fresh clean air makes you feel amazing and alive again! Even if your wearing 3 layers and a beanie;)
WODUP: Are there any changes you make with your diet to ensure you're keeping your immune system spiked and ready?
JENNY: I like to eat a diet rich in whole foods with lots of fruits and vegetables. I make sure I keep my water intake up to, as for most of us we don’t drink enough H20 in the winter months which can leave us feeling sluggish and dehydrated. Keeping up with good hygiene and hand washing too is SO important. Gyms, yoga studios etc are full of germs so always wash your hands after your workout!
WODUP: We know you're a big believer in eating a whole food diet. What are the big benefits you've found following this type of lifestyle?
JENNY: It shows on the outside! What you put into your body shows in your skin, hair and complexion. Eating lots of whole foods helps keep me feeling full and satiated too which means I’m less likely to make poor food choices. Plus it just makes me feel good! When I eat well I feel fresh, vibrant and less bloated.
WODUP: Are there any nutritional supplements you add into your regime to beat the flu season? Or do you just rely on the foods you eat?
JENNY: I always take a probiotic. I also like to include a vitamin D supplement in winter as I find it can help lift that “winter mood”.
WODUP: Are you a creature of habit or do you find switching up your activities over the colder months helps to beat burden of working out?
JENNY: I do like my morning gym workouts but I definitely need to get outdoors and do some outside activities. I find it keeps things fresh and fun during the winter months!
WODUP: So you've tried the new COMP-LETE made from 87% disgarded fishing nets. Tell us what you really think.
JENNY: To be honest I was a bit sceptical about how they would feel being made from recycled fishing nets, but I was blown away with how soft they were! They are a great fit and true to size. They are perfect for all kinds of exercise from weight training, walking running, CrossFit, yoga etc. I usually come home from the gym and want to get out of my a Active wear straight away, but it’s so comfortable I don’t want to take it off!
WODUP: We know you're a meal prep guru and we'd love a few flu fighting recipes. What are your go-to's?
"If we're going to continue with the rain and clouds, then I'm bringing the sunshine".
APPLE CRUMBLE OAT BOWL
For the oats:
Mix 40gms of rolled oats with 2 tbsp of Greek yogurt plus 2 tbsp of almond milk.
Apple and Walnut Crumble:
- 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts
- 2 tsp of cinnamon
- 5 pieces of dried apple (chopped)
- 2 tbsp of coconut flour
- 2 tbsp of sugar free maple syrup
- 2 egg whites
- Pinch of salt
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and bake on a tray in the oven for 15 mins (stir halfway through) or until golden brown.
Add your oats to a bowl and top with the apple and walnut crumble.
Add mango, blueberries, coconut and coconut yogurt. Finish with a squeeze of lime.
"keeping it dreamy and creamy".
PASSIONFRUIT BREAKFAST PUDDINGS
What you'll need:
- 1/3 cup coconut flour
- 1 tbsp of Natvia
- 3 eggs (separate yolks and whites)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
- 1/3 cup passionfruit pulp plus extra to top
Add egg yolks, stevia, coconut flour, baking powder, protein powder, almond milk and passionfruit pulp to a bowl and mix.
In a separate bowl whisk egg whites until fluffy.
Pour into ramekins on a baking tray and fill the bottom of the tray (about half way up tray) with boiling water.
Bake at 160 degrees for about 30 mins. Puddings should be lightly brown on top.
Serve with creamy vanilla coconut yogurt and extra passionfruit.
This recipe can be meal prepped and reheated to serve.
Makes 2-3 puddings.
BASMATI & SWEET SOY RICE
What you'll need:
- 2 x basamti quick cups
- 80g frozen peas
- 2 tbsp spring onions (sliced)
- 2 tbsp EVOO (olive oil)
- 1 tsp shrimp paste
- 1 tsp garlic
- 50g tin prawns (rinsed)
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1 cup diced kale
- 150g shredded cooked chicken
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp sweet soy sauce (ketchup manis)
In a pan add EVOO, add spring onions and shrimp paste and stir until soft.
Add the rice, chicken, prawns, kale and cherry tomatoes.
Add in sweet soy sauce and stir.
Serve in a big bowl and top with a gooey soft boiled egg.
Grab your chopsticks and dig in.
SUPER GREEN ANTIOXIDANT BOOST SOUP WITH FETA
What you'll need:
- 2-3 tbsp EVOO
- 1 leek
- 2 tsp garlic
- 5-6 potatoes (peeled and chopped)
- 1 zucchini
- 1/2 head of broccoli
- 2 cups spinach
- 2 cups organic vegetable stock
- 1 cup of water
- 1 tsp lemon rind
- Salt and pepper to taste
In a pot brown the garlic and leek.
Add potatoes, stock and water. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 mins.
Add zucchini, broccoli, spinach and lemon rind and cook down until soft.
Blitz soup until smooth and creamy.
Pimp your soup with feta and pepitas.
For more tips, tricks and tasty recipes head to Jenny's Intsagram page. And be on the look out for her ebook coming soon.