- You'll unconsciously lick your lips to moisturise them - this actually makes your lips dryer!
- The air is dryer, the wind is blowing and temperatures are colder, making the outside world a pretty hostile environment for lips and sensitive skin.
- The dryness you feel will almost always result in chapping and cracking.
Salmon: The omega-3 fat content in salmon makes it a very moisturising fish! Omega-3 repairs skin cells, keeping moisture in. Try baked salmon with cous cous, spinach (another winter favourite) and breadcrumbs on top for an easy lunch or dinner on a cold day.
Avocado: This green protein machine is full of healthy fats and vitamins, making it a perfect ingredient for smooth and healthy skin throughout Winter. Spread it on toast, try it in risotto or add it to your Winter morning smoothie.
Leafy Greens: Spinach, kale and any other dark leafy greens contain lots of vitamin C and antioxidants. These greens will help protect damaged skin and they are low in calories. Try substituting in some leafy greens to your regular meals to add a bit of colour and that little health boost. Greens are also great to help boost immunity, which you'll need over the next few months!
Sweet Potato: Sweet potato is not only hearty and versatile, it's a source of vitamin A, C, B6 as well as potassium, fiber and phosphorus to help your body produce more energy. Sweet potatoes have more overall nutrients than regular potatoes but slightly more sugar - don't worry, we all have a craving for it when it's cold. You can include sweet potato in almost every meal. Make sweet potato mash, add it to curries or simply bake it up with other delicious vegetables like zucchini, carrots and pumpkin.
Coconut: Coconut is a natural source of minerals like iron, selenium, sodium, calcium and magnesium. Coconut milk is lactose free so it's a great substitute for anyone with intolerance. Coconut oil can also be a good replacement for regular cooking oils because it's high in natural saturated fats, promoting healthy and glowing skin all year round.
Eggs: Eggs provide some of the best proteins you can get and they are perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. With vitamin A, B12, B2 and B5, iron, selenium and essential amino acids, eggs are a good source of nutrients for the skin and body and an easy to prepare meal before braving the cold.A good rule of thumb for staying healthy and hydrated in Winter is to stick to healthy foods. Have a treat now and then but remember that salty and sweet treats do nothing to help promote hydrated, healthy skin and will lead to chapped and irritated lips. Eating healthy will also strengthen your immunity which is important if you want to keep the cold away! Look after yourself as we head into Winter and please share your favourite winter recipes with the luk community! I'm always keen to try new healthy recipes :) xx