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Healthy And Nutritious Winter Treats

10/11/2010 17:06 | Updated 22 May 2015

Winter days can make you feel like hibernating and eating piles of stodgy treats, but sparkly dress season is just around the corner so try our selection of the most diet-friendly, but wholesome and delicious winter foods instead.

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This sumptuous purple vegetable can vamp up any winter salad, contains lots of fibre and has only 36 calories per 100g. Try roasting it and serving with feta cheese or using it to inject some colour and flavour into a celery soup.

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These little berries are perfect for adding some sweetness to your morning porridge on a cold winter's day or for making a hot compote to mix into low-fat yoghurt. They're packed with vitamin C and have 43 calories per 100g.

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Bored with your usual baked spud? Try a sweet potato instead – their orange flesh is a rich source of antioxidants and they have just 130 calories per medium sized potato.

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Mackerel is at its best in winter and can form the basis of a filling, vitamin D-packed dinner. Cook a small portion baked in foil, adding some lemon juice and rosemary to taste. Serve with boiled new potatoes and green beans for a meal of around 400 calories.

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Apples are at their best in the winter months and are the perfect snack for a hungry dieter. Serve them with oatcakes and some cottage cheese or bake in the oven with a handful of raisins and honey for a low-fat treat of around 100 calories.

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Don't save turkey for your Christmas meal. It's the perfect winter diet food, containing a mere 155 calories per 100g. Loaded with protein, high in zinc and low in fat, it makes a great substitute for chicken in stir-fries, casseroles and curries.

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Parsnips should get a special award for their services to winter soups. They add sweetness and texture to the most bog-standard vegetable offering and have a mere 66 calories per 100g.

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A 50g serving (around five roasted chestnuts) has only 85 calories, making it a wonderful on-the-go food. They can also be used to add thickness to stews, and make a good alternative to brown rice or pasta.

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The ruby red colour of pomegranate juice is a real mood booster on a grim winter's morning. A whole pomegranate has only 105 calories, so try using the seeds to add a sweet kick to couscous dishes or stir them into lamb or chicken dishes for extra flavour.

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Think you can't have risotto when you're on a diet? Think again – try butternut squash for a deliciously sweet flavour and use olive oil rather than butter. Made with onion and vegetable stock, this tasty dish contains around 300 calories per serving.

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