The weather is unseasonably warm at the moment. At the time of writing this post it is, according to my weather app, 16°c outside. But, by all accounts, it’s not due to last. Next week will see the temperature dropping back to normal winter levels for this time of year, and I will be, once again, reaching for my cosy jumpers and keeping the wood burner alight during the day.
I don’t know about you but during winter, when the weather is far from appealing, I am less inclined to be active. I’d much rather curl up on the sofa with a good book than go for a brisk walk in our local woods.
And it seems I’m not alone in that way of thinking either. In research recently conducted by the energy company E.ON, it seems that 77% of Brits cite bad weather as the main reason for not maintaining outdoor activities and healthy routines.
The research also notes that almost a fifth (19%) of those who took part in the survey say that they eat less healthily than normal when the weather is dull and miserable. I would definitely go along with that, as from the moment the leaves start to fall from the trees in autumn I crave comfort food.
I have published several recipes over the past four years, and if you are a regular Pushing the Moon reader you may have noticed a bit of a pattern to them. They could all be classed as comfort food, and if it has been published in autumn or winter it’s probably soup or a slow cooker recipe – because let’s face it, there’s not much that is more comforting than a bowl of soup when it’s lashing down outside.
If you are looking for a little comfort food inspiration then here are some of my favourite recipes:
One thing I love about the recipes listed above is that they are loaded with seasonal vegetables – so not only are they super comforting, they are also healthy too. So, while I may not be keeping super active over the winter months, I do try to ensure that food I am putting in my body is good for me.
In addition to their survey, E.ON commissioned fitness expert, Alice Liveing to come up with her top tips to give us a bit of an energy refresh while the weather is still chilly. She has some really great ideas so pop over to have a read.
E.ON are also offering one Pushing the Moon reader the chance to WIN a £150 voucher from online grocer Abel & Cole. To be in with a chance of winning just tell me your top tips for feeling refreshed over winter. It could be a recipe, or a tip on how you keep active during the bad weather, or how you keep yourself feeling positive and motivated at home during the autumn and winter months.
Further details about the competition can be found in the Gleam widget. Good luck!
The closing date is 11.59pm Thursday 7th March 2019.
There is one prize consisting of:
1 x £150 voucher from Abel & Cole
There is no cash alternative.
This competition is open to UK residents only
The winner will be chosen at random on Friday 8th March 2019, and will be notified via email and/or social media within 5 days of the closing date and must respond within 28 days to claim their prize.
If the prize has not been claimed within 28 days the prize will be re-drawn.**