Green Snack Ideas for Winter

Have you ever wondered why snacking in the winter can feel more burdensome than snacking in the summer? My hypothesis is there are more variables to consider: Has it snowed today? What size coat will I need to go to the grocery store? Is it dark before 5pm? Do I want a warm or a cold snack? What green light foods are in season? Can I make it while wearing mittens?


Pizza with Cauliflower Stuffed Crust


A great winter vegetable to try is cauliflower! Cauliflower is one of those veggies that can be cooked in so many different ways. You can make cauliflower rice, cauliflower mashed potatoes, and even cauliflower pizza. Here’s my favorite recipe for cauliflower pizza. Hope you enjoy!


Italian Lentil Butternut Squash Soup

There are a lot of things I like to do in winter.  Dress in big warm sweaters, sit in front of a fire, go for walks in the crisp, winter air and eat warm, comforting food.  One of my favorite winter foods is soup.  There are so many options, and the best part is, the more green lights you add, the better the soup tastes!

Here is a recipe to one of my favorite soups, Italian Lentil Butternut Squash Soup.  It’s easy to make and made with only green and yellow light ingredients:


Sheila’s Winter Warm Chai

When I am feeling under the weather or when the temperature drops in Chicago, I gear up with layers on the outside and warming drinks on the inside. I love to sip hot water with lemon, broth soups and my favorite new recipe I’m sharing with you today, Sheila’s Winter Warm Chai.

You can stay warm and healthy with this winter hot drink recipe and include these three simple ingredients in your next shopping trip.


Winter Cauliflower Curry Recipe

Who doesn’t love a nice warm and spicy curry during the winter months? I know I do! This curry is chock full of yummy spices like curry, garlic, ginger and turmeric, as well as veggies filled with fiber to keep you full and help you meet your green light goal!


Winter Undercover Veggie Chili

Now that it’s winter and we can cozy up with some fuzzy socks and drink tea to get away from the cold, there’s no better time to make chili! Chili can have a lot of red meat and other ingredients that might be on the red light list, so we’ve created a chili recipe that is full of green and yellow lights by sneaking in some undercover veggies, you’ll barely notice they’re there. You may like this more than your same old boring chili!


How to Make Overnight Oats

Start your new year right with healthy breakfasts! Overnight oats are a simple and fast solution to busy mornings. Once you know the base recipe, you can invent new flavor combinations. Here we’ve included the simple base recipe and two additional fancier recipe ideas!



New Year’s Eve Recipe: Spinach Artichoke Dip

New Year’s Eve – the final celebration to end the holidays with a bang! Usually that means more time with family and friends…and more food! For us, New Year’s Eve is less about the formal meal and more about having fun, wearing funny hats and enjoying finger food and appetizers. If you’re not paying attention, grazing all these appetizers can really add up and pack on more red lights than you meant to. That’s why it’s a good idea to prepare some green and yellow light options that you can feel good about.

Whether your tradition is to ring in the new year with a traditional sit-down dinner, or just an array of appetizers, this warm green and yellow light Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe is sure to add a spark to any New Year’s Eve celebration!