Moving the Clock and the Body:Tips for Winter Nutrition

Moving the Clock and the Body:Tips for Winter Nutrition

Today, we moved the clock one hour back, thereby officially opening the winter season. To mark this occasion, our chief dietician, Amali Messika explains how to watch your figure in the cold winter days, and shares a hearty winter recipe.

Although it’s still early for rain, the clock hands that moved back today and the digits that changed in our watches (and iPhones) attest to the start of winter, even if the rain is lingering, and early signs of winter are already in the air.   Every winter, as the days become shorter and darker, we fittingly, become more inclined to stay indoors. The immediate consequence of staying at home instead of going out is reduced physical activity coupled with increased food intake- after all, food provides comfort.

To well prepare for the changes in lifestyle during winter, I listed tips that will help you maintain a balanced diet and watch your figure even in the cold days indoors:

1. It is advisable to find comfort in warm dishes that are not “swamped” with tons of calories, such as vegetable soups based on vegetables and beans and less fatty-carbohydrates.

2. It is important to consume a variety of vegetables, which in winter, are likely to be cooked and served hot.

3. It is important to incorporate orange and green fruits and vegetables into your diet, as they are richer in vitamins and natural substances that boost the immune system.

4. It is recommended to consume probiotic products, such as Actimel and yogurts that contain friendly bacteria which assist the body’s natural defense.

5. Whether indoors or outdoors, it is important to follow a physical activity regiment. The Israeli winter provides many beautiful sunny days – utilize them for walking, riding and other fun activities.

For those of you wondering how to incorporate green vegetables into your winter diet, here is a warm delicious recipe for a winter day, by Chef Ariel Porat:


For the fritters:

5 zucchinis

½ cup finely chopped baby leaves

50g ground almonds 1 pack cream cheese

garlic-dill flavor (200 g)

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 eggs lightly beaten

1/3 cup whole wheat flour

Salt, to taste

Black pepper, to taste

For the sauce:

1 cup yogurt bio

1 pack cream cheese garlic-dill flavor (200 g)

2 tablespoons olive oil for frying

Preparation   • Grate the zucchini into a bowl, sprinkle with coarse salt and leave for 30 minutes • Squeeze the zucchini liquid and set aside • Mix the zucchini with the other ingredients • Make fritters from the mixture • Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan and fry the fritters on both sides, until golden-brown. • Remove from the pan and absorb the excess oil with absorbent paper (you can also bake them in the oven) • Mix the sauce ingredients and pour over the fritters.      Bon Appétite!