When the temp dips, there are a few things I like the rest of the time I love to think I am a hibernating bear. The few things I love are warm pasta, pickles and baking. This is also the time when I love to be the queen of shortcuts.
Things that I never approve of become ok for once. I blame this on the freeze brain effect. It is not much of sugar that I crave, rather the warmth of whole carbs. It is the time for that soft potato gnocchi bites… ooo yum!!
Why do we crave carbs in winter?
When it is grey outside and the sun, sets literally in the afternoon, the brain lulls itself to a different circadian rhythm. Knowing that brain always craves for sugar and considers it happiness, the carbs that you consume literally translate to this happiness quotient. This is the same feeling you cant let go of that chocolate bar.
Carb loaded foods do send the message to the brain to keep up that great good vibes. This is why it is also a big part of emotional eating. Here is a wonderful article to read if you wish to know a bit more of the science behind the brain behaviour during winter – Source
How to tide over this craving?
The happiness quotient is what we are trying to achieve for the brain. A good long walk, meaningful conversations, a topic to study, exercise, meditation all achieve the same effect. So, the first step before succumbed to emotional carb eating is to engage in an activity or an exercise each day.
If we analyse comfort foods, these are so cleverly designed with a great balance of complex carbs with proteins in many cuisines. So, in reality, a conscious choice of comfort food can be quite beneficial during these months. Hence choose comfort foods wisely with a good balance of proteins that keep you going longer.
Back to the gnocchi
Of course, this is a happiness factor recipe. Instead of just pan-seared gnocchi in tons (hmm maybe just limited ) of butter, the crunch veggies add fibre, protein, a lot of colour to the recipe. It makes the gnocchi feel so fresh and good and not weighing you down. This is a recipe with the simplest meal prep as well, frozen corn, frozen peas, quickly blanched broccoli and quicker than ever gnocchi. It is lunchbox friendly too, so that’s a lot of comfort and green in the box.
Here are a few more of comfort foods I like in winter
Hope you like this recipe.
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