As we love to say around Honest HQ, “trainers are people, too!” and nowhere is that more apparent than our need for comforting eats in the heart of winter. To celebrate the winter solstice and the dark, dreary weather, we’re sharing our favorite comfort food indulgences—plus a few healthy things we turn to again and again to fuel our workouts and soothe our souls this time of year.
Trainer Paisley: “For comfort, I love me a BIG ole greasy burrito—or a pizza from Firehouse! My fave healthy winter meal is roasted chicken with roasted veggies…. AND BONE BROTH for days!”
Trainer Keith: “My favorite winter comfort food is hot chocolate and popcorn! My favorite healthy food in winter? The enormous amounts of veggie trays I consume at various holiday parties.”
Trainer Jared: “Roast Beef with Mashed Potatoes…mmmm. Winter is a great time to take advantage of winter squash and root vegetables—chopped, drizzled with olive oil, and roasted, they can be the main course or the perfect complement to a winter meal.”
Trainer Justin: “I have a variety of crock pot dishes I make all winter long. And anything can be healthy with the right tweaking and substitutions. Favorites include Ginger Chickpea and Spicy Tomato Stew, Vegetable Curry with Tofu, Slow-Cooked Turkey with Mustard Sauce, and my Mole Chili.”
Writer Allison: “When it comes to comfort, I’m all about warm, spiced apples in the winter. From apple cider to baked apples to homemade cranberry apple sauce (see below for recipe) to paleo apple crumbles and gluten-free apple muffins. Add some cinnamon and nutmeg and apples are heaven.”
Easy-Peasy Cranberry Applesauce
- 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
- 4 large apples (on the softer side, like gala, golden delicious, McIntosh, or gravenstein), peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 cup water or apple juice
In a large saucepan, combine apples, cranberries, cinnamon, and water (or juice); bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender, 30 to 35 minutes. (If sauce begins to stick to the bottom of the pan, add 2 to 4 tablespoons more water.)
Remove from heat, stir in lemon juice, and serve.