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Big Flavors for Healthy Meals at our Retirement Community in Austin, TX

Eating nutritiously this winter has never been tastier!

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It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut when planning meals, especially in the winter when a lot of produce is out of season and trying something new can seem like such a chore. But with a little creativity and by embracing the coziness of the season, healthy winter meals don’t have to be boring. In fact, we’d like to argue that this season brings some of the most flavorful treats to the table!

At The Clairmont Transitional Assisted Living, we love providing our residents with delicious, nutritious, and hearty meals. Between breakfast, lunch, and dinner, we believe every meal can give you the nutrients you need, while still making the taste buds dance! For those wanting to explore a few new recipes this winter, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites based on those classic winter flavors we all know and love. Take a look and test one out!

Cinnamon

Nothing sings winter time like cinnamon. A staple in both sweet and savory winter recipes, cinnamon evokes a sense of warmth and coziness whenever it wafts through the air and lands on the tongue. While most often associated with the holiday season, cinnamon is the perfect addition to any winter meal. Some of our favorite uses of cinnamon are in cookies, applesauce (especially for dipping latkes into), and sweet pumpkin quick breads. However, cinnamon also adds a warmth to winter chili, and a more unconventional, but truly delicious use, is a savory cinnamon chicken with sweet potatoes.

Cranberry

Tart, bouncy, and usually a quiet favorite at the Thanksgiving table, cranberries are truly the star of the cooler months. Packed with Vitamin C, the cranberry also has immense health benefits, especially as it is an immunity boosting superfood that can also decrease blood pressure, which is why we recommend you utilize these health benefits year round! As a bonus, cranberries are easily found in the frozen section of your grocery store, and they are just as good (if not even easier to use!) than fresh.

Instead of a side dish, consider making the cranberry the star of the show with this incredible citrus and cranberry salad. This is one that will make your taste buds and immune system sing with joy!

Sour Cream

While the words healthy and sour cream might not be found in a sentence together often, sometimes we really crave rich and meaty foods. Light sour cream can be an excellent alternative to full fat and can deliver that tart, creamy taste we all know and love. Use it on your baked potatoes, on top of a hearty bowl of chili, or mix in some herbs for a crudité appetizer.

In an effort to get more immune boosting protein in, consider trying out this sour cream and chicken dish that utilizes non-fat sour cream, light butter, and 98% fat free chicken soup for a warm, cozy weeknight dinner.

Rosemary

Evergreen rosemary is an antioxidant-rich, immune boosting herb that flavors like no other. Delicious in chicken pot pie, sea salted shortbread, and a roasted chicken, this diverse but flavor-packed herb is a favorite for winter. Simon & Garfunkel were right with the parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme grouping – a true classic combination! However, we love pairing rosemary with lemon, olive oil, and a dash of sea salt on Vitamin C rich roasted potatoes. Check out this amazing recipe.

This winter, break out of a food rut and try one of these awesome recipes, and share with all those you love. We know any of these dishes will be a healthy hit for any party, celebration, or even just a cold Tuesday.

If you are interested in learning more about The Clairmont, an Austin independent living community, give our friendly team a call today!

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