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The Best Comfort Foods That Will Keep You Warm This Winter

Winter is around the corner and with the weather cooling down it’s time to start incorporating more warming options throughout the day. We begin to transition away from lots of raw ingredients and move towards more cooked meals. Some of our favourite winter warmers include soups, broths, stews, casseroles, one-pan dishes, curries and more. There’s a huge range of different options making these meals easier and tastier, available here on the GoodnessMe Shop.

Comfort foods can often be associated with ‘less healthy’ options, but the reality is that there are many delicious and nutritious options that are incredibly comforting. Whether it’s getting an internal hug from a nourishing cup of soup, or enjoying a warming curry packed full of spices that will have you working up a sweat. This winter we invite you to embrace all things hearty and warm with us. 

 

Here are 10 of the best comfort foods to keep you warm this winter:

Amy’s Kitchen Soups

Never has it been so easy to cook up a nutritious soup! The great thing about the products from Amy’s Kitchen is that they use real food ingredients that mimic what we’d put into a homemade soup. They’re available in a convenient can and are something that we can easily stock up on and have in the back of the pantry for when we need a quick but nourishing meal. They can be enjoyed as they are, bulked up or served alongside something else. A crusty piece of sourdough bread goes down a treat with a warm bowl of these soups.

With plenty of options to try, these soups are the ultimate for convenience and comfort. Here are a couple to try:

 

Amy’s Kitchen Organic Lentil Soup

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Ingredients: filtered water, organic green lentils, organic celery, organic carrots, organic onions, organic potatoes, organic extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, bay leaves.

 

Amy’s Kitchen Organic Chunky Vegetable Soup

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Ingredients: filtered water, organic diced tomatoes, organic carrots, organic green beans, organic corn, organic peas, organic spinach, organic onions, organic celery, sea salt, organic black pepper.

Find the full range here: https://goodnessme.com.au/collections/amys-kitchen 

 

Lum Lum Instant Noodles

Did someone say healthy instant noodles? Lum Lum have absolutely nailed it by bringing us a real food option. They use organic ingredients, allowing us to trust that we’re consuming high quality ingredients. There’s no artificial flavours or flavour enhancers in sight. Instead, they’re flavoured with real spices and herbs that pack a flavoursome punch. Along with being incredibly convenient, they tick the box when it comes to a comforting winter warmer. We recommend adding your favourite protein source alongside these instant noodles for a more filling meal option, alternatively they make a fantastic snack.

 

Take a look at a couple of the delicious flavour options:

Lum Lum Organic Instant Noodle Green Curry

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Ingredients: Organic Brown Rice Noodle: Brown Rice, Water. Organic Green Curry Paste: Organic Lemongrass, Organic Chili, Organic Galangal, Organic Fermented Soy Bean, Organic Shallot, Organic Garlic, Organic Turmeric, Organic Dried Coriander Seeds, Organic Kaffir Lime, Organic Dried Cumin, Salt, Water, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Coconut Milk, Citric Acid.

 

Lum Lum Organic Instant Noodle Tom Yum

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Ingredients: Organic Brown Rice Noodle: Brown Rice, Water. Organic Tom Yum Curry Paste: Organic Lemongrass, Organic Dried Chili, Organic Galangal, Organic Shallot, Organic Garlic, Organic Kaffir Lime, Salt, Water, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Coconut Milk, Citric Acid.

Check out the full range here: https://goodnessme.com.au/collections/lum-lum 

 

Nature First Canned Meals

Normally we wouldn’t associate a meal in a can with something healthy, but these days there are more and more brands changing up the game. Nature First bring us delicious canned meals, such as ravioli, a Mexican bowl and a jackfruit ragu. Simply heat them up and enjoy the goodness inside. We love that they choose organic ingredients and manage to jam pack their products with plenty of vegetables. When enjoying one of these, we encourage you to add your choice of protein to make for a more filling meal. They’re great to keep on hand for a cold day when you need something quick, comforting and warming.

 

Learn more about these canned goodies and get your hands on some here:

 

Nature First Plant Based Ravioli with Organic Vegetable Sauce

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Ingredients: Tomato and vegetable sauce* 60% (water, tomato puree* 31%, tomatoes* 11%, carrots* 8%, corn* 3 %, peas* 3%, raw cane sugar*, green capsicum* 3%, sea salt, celeriac*, corn starch*, spices*, basil*, lemon juice concentrate*), ravioli* 40% (durum wheat semolina*, water, turmeric*, carrots*, parsnips*, onions*, capsicum*, tomatoes*, spinach*, potatoes flakes*, bread crumbs* (wheat flour*, yeast*), sunflower oil*, vegetable stock* (sea salt, onions*, carrots*, leek*, parsnip*, herbs*, spices*)). *Organically grown

 

Nature First Plant Based Mexican Bowl with Organic Quinoa

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Ingredients: Water, tomato puree*, tomatoes*, kidney beans* 10%, quinoa* 7%, corn*, capsicum red*, carrots*, agave syrup*, onion*, sea salt, sunflower oil*, leek*, thickener -locust bean gum*, chili* 0.2%, cumin*, parsley*, coriander*, paprika*, garlic*. *Organically grown

 

Nature First Plant Based Jackfruit Ragu

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Ingredients: Water, carrots*, potatoes*, jackfruit* 10%, tomato puree*, tomatoes*, onion*, capsicum red*, capsicum yellow*, sea salt, leek*, onion fried* (onions*, sunflower oil*), spices*, smoked raw cane sugar*, thickener locust bean gum*, herbs*. *Organically grown

 

Perfect Earth Meal Kits

Making it easy to whip up a curry, the Perfect Earth Meal Kits are all about the convenience. The ingredients list shows a number of delicious herbs and spices which bring the flavour. They’ve also go the creaminess from the coconut milk and substance from the brown rice. Extra points to them for using organic ingredients! Simply add a protein of your liking and you have a warming winter meal to enjoy. Having all the flavours ready to go inside the kit also saves us having to have them all at home. This makes it quite cost effective and even more convenient. 

 

Check out the Perfect Earth meal kits here:

Perfect Earth Laksa Curry Meal Kit 

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Ingredients: Brown Rice* 50%, Water, Coconut Milk* 12%, Sugar, Rice Bran Oil*, Shallot*, Salt, Garlic*, Finger Root*, Lemongrass*, Galangal*, Kaffir Lime*, Chilli*, Corriander Seed*, Xanthan Gum, Turmeric*, Pepper*, Cinnamon*, Cardamom*, Cumin*, Dried Herbs*

 

Perfect Earth Green Curry Meal Kit

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Ingredients: Brown Rice (50%), Coconut Milk*(20%), Water, Sugar*, Salt, Rice Bran Oil*, Chili*, Shallot*, Lemongrass*, Garlic*, Galangal*, Coriander*, Kaffir Lime*, Citric Acid, XanthanGum, Sweet Basil Leaves* Pepper*, Dried Herbs*. *Organic

 

Urban Forager Stocks

A good quality stock can take a dish to another level. They bring an incredible flavour and of course add to the nutritional profile. We love using stocks as the base for soups, stews, curries and more. But of course they can also be enjoyed as a cup of soup, something we love sipping on during the colder months. With an option for everyone, Urban Forager give us the choice out of chicken, beef or vegetable stock. Ditch the classic supermarket stocks that can sometimes contain fillers, additives, flavour enhancers and preservatives, and choose a brand we can trust instead.

 

Get your Urban Forager stocks here:

Urban Forager Chicken Stock

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Ingredients: Free range, organic Chicken (21%), Vegetables (carrot, celery, onion, garlic, herbs), Spices, WA Lake Salt, Apple Cider Vinegar

 

Urban Forager Beef Stock

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Ingredients: Grass fed, organic Beef (19%), Vegetables (carrot, celery, onion, tomato, parsley, garlic, herbs), Spices, WA Lake Salt, Apple Cider Vinegar

 

Urban Forager Vegetable Stock

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Ingredients: Vegetables 78% (celery, carrot, onion, tomato, parsley, garlic, herbs)  WA Lake Salt  Olive Oil

 

The Broth Sisters Broths

There’s something so warming about a hot broth and we believe it’s an absolute staple in the winter months. The Broth Sisters have nailed their broths and stocks, bringing us all of the flavour, with none of the nasties. They use real food ingredients and plenty of naturally flavoursome foods. Like other broths or stocks, they can be enjoyed as a cup of soup, or used as a base for many warming dishes. We also love how they have a range of broths available in single serve ‘tea bags’.

 

Take a look at these two examples of The Broth Sisters products:

The Broth Sisters Superfood Mushroom Stock

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Ingredients: Mushrooms (69%) (portobello, shiitake, lion’s mane), Mount Zero Pink Lake salt, onion, balsamic vinegar, white balsamic vinegar, garlic, thyme, extra virgin olive oil.

 

The Broth Sisters Vietnamese Pho Sipping Broth

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Ingredients: sea salt, dehydrated vegetables, lime, spices, star anise, cinnamon, garlic, green tea, herbs, mint, tomato, vegetable protein extract, bamboo fibre, agar powder.

Explore the full range here: https://goodnessme.com.au/collections/the-broth-sisters

 

Australian Organic Food Co Ready Made Sauces

A good sauce can take hours to cook, but with the help of the Australian Organic Food Co. they no longer have to. Now we can whip up a comforting bowl of pasta with ease, using these ready-made sauces. They help us get the ratios and flavours just right and even sneak some veggies into the mix. It’s great to see they use olive oil, rather than any of the more inflammatory vegetable oils. Plus, they use organic ingredients and prioritise quality foods.

 

Get your hands on these ready made sauces here:

Australian Organic Food Co Bolognese Sauce

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Ingredients: Organic Tomatoes (71%) [Reconstituted Puree, Diced], Organic Vegetables [Carrot, Onion, Celery], Organic Olive Oil, Organic Carrot Juice Concentrate, Sea Salt, Organic Garlic, Organic Lemon Juice, Organic Thyme.

 

Australian Organic Food Co Pumpkin & Sage Sauce

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Ingredients: Organic Pumpkin (45%), Water, Organic Onion, Organic Tomato Paste, Organic Cream (Milk), Organic Olive Oil, Organic Rice Flour, Sea Salt, Organic Garlic, Organic Sage (0.4%).

 

Chantal Organics Probiotic Easy Oats

Who doesn’t love a bowl of oats on a cold winter day? There’s something so warming about a creamy porridge and it can be a great start to the morning. Oats are a source of fibre, which is important for the health of our gut. Adding to the gut loving benefits, Chantal Organics have included a probiotic in these Easy Oat mixes. We love to see these oats flavoured with real food ingredients, including dried fruit, superfood powders or spices. They’re slightly sweetened with either maple syrup or some coconut sugar and use mostly organic ingredients.

 

Try these delicious Easy Oats for a winter breakfast:

Chantal Organics Probiotic Easy Oats - Plum & Hemp Seeds

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Ingredients: Oats* (71%), Coconut Sugar*, Hemp Seeds* (8%), Oat Bran* (8%), Dried Plum (4%), NZ Sea Salt, Probiotic (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086). *Certified Organic

 

Chantal Organics Probiotic Easy Oats - Maple & Maca

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Ingredients: Oats* (70%), Maple Sugar* (15%), Oat Bran* (7%), Hemp Seeds* (5%), Maca Powder* (1.5%), NZ Sea Salt, Ground Cinnamon*, Probiotic (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086). *Certified Organic

 

Chantal Organics Probiotic Easy Oats - Spiced Apple & Mac

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Ingredients: Oats*(60%), Dried Apple* (13%), Coconut Sugar*, Hemp Seeds* (8%), Oat Bran*(8%), Maca Powder*(1.5%), NZ Sea Salt, Ground Cinnamon*, Probiotic (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086). *Certified Organic

 

Church Farm Curry Pastes

Sometimes you can’t go past a curry when you need something warming. Not only are they warm in temperature, they also pack some heat in the spice department. Unfortunately most of the conventional curry pastes contain a number of questionable ingredients, but Church Farm are here to save the day with their high quality products. These tasty curry pastes are exactly what you need to flavour your next batch of curry. They combine real food herbs and spices and use quality oils like olive or coconut.

 

Check out the delicious Church Farm Curry Pastes here:

Church Farm Homestyle Indian Curry Paste

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Ingredients: Onions, Tomatoes, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Vinegar, Garlic, Coconut Oil, Ginger, Turmeric, Green Chillies, Spices, Salt, Coriander

 

Church Farm Thai Red Curry Paste

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Ingredients: Onions, Water, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Vinegar, Spices, Coriander, Lemongrass, Garlic, Coconut Oil, Murray River Salt, Galangal, Turmeric, Kaffir Lime Leaves

 

Church Farm Thai Green Curry Paste

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Ingredients: Onions, Chillies, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Vinegar, Coriander, Spices, Garlic, Lemongrass, Coconut Oil, Murray River Salt, Galangal, Turmeric, Kaffir Lime Leaves

 

Undivided Food Co Good Bones Broths

Undivided Food Co know how to do a quality bone broth. Did you know that bone broth can be really beneficial for the health of our gut? The amino acid profile supports our intestinal lining and can have a soothing effect. The chicken and beef broth from Undivided Food Co use the highest quality ingredients, just take a look at the ingredients lists below. These broths come in a liquid form, meaning all we have to do is heat them up and enjoy the taste and benefits. Broths are a great winter warmer because they’re perfect to sip on as they are, or can be used as the base of certain meals.  

Get your hands on these liquid bone broths here:

Undivided Food Co Good Bones - Organic Chicken Broth

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Ingredients: Certified Organic Chicken Bones and frames from Inglewood Farms, free from hormones and antibiotics, Filtered water, free from added chemicals like fluoride and chlorine, Certified Organic, Australian-grown vegetables and herbs including carrot, onion, garlic and seasonal herbs, Bio-dynamic apple cider vinegar, Olsson’s 100% sea salt.

 

Undivided Food Co Good Bones - Organic Beef Broth

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Ingredients: Certified Organic Beef bones from Arcadian Meat Co. Grass fed and finished, raised without chemicals and pesticides and fully traceable, Filtered water, free from added chemicals like fluoride and chlorine, Certified Organic, Australian-grown vegetables and herbs including carrot, onion, garlic and seasonal herbs, Bio-dynamic apple cider vinegar, Olsson’s 100% sea salt.

All of these warming options actually have us looking forward to the colder weather. This is our type of comfort food and is sure to keep us all nourished throughout the winter months. With many of these options involving soup, stock or a broth, we know we’ll also be staying hydrated while staying warm. We hope all of the above suggestions and delicious products bring you some extra warmth and comfort this winter.

 

Explore Pasta Black Bean Spaghetti

When we think of comfort food, pasta is often at the top of the list. The great news is that while comforting, it can also be a nutritious option. What we serve it with makes a big impact towards this, but the pasta itself can really make a difference too. Most conventional pasta is made with highly refined wheat and as a result is nutritionally void. Wholemeal options are one step better, but pulse pastas take it up to a whole other level. Being made from beans means they come with additional fibre, which is beneficial for gut health and can support blood sugar regulation. Along with this, they contain some protein and can help make the dish more filling while providing the building blocks for many functions within the body. The Explore Pasta Black Bean Spaghetti brings us the benefits of black beans, with the enjoyment that comes with pasta.
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Flavours Of The World Spice Mixes

Spice mixes are all about flavour, which unfortunately means that they often have a bunch of nasties in the mix. Whether it’s artificial flavours, flavour enhancers or even sugar, there are many things to steer clear from when choosing a spice mix. The main thing we want to see in a healthy spice mix is actual spices. Each spice brings its own nutritional benefits, but generally they’re a good source of antioxidants and polyphenols. The Flavours of the World Spice Mixes are the perfect example of what to choose when adding the taste and benefits of spics to your meals. They use good quality herbs and spices and don’t contain any of the nasties to steer clear from. Incorporate these mixes into your winter meals for that extra layer of warmth and comfort.
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About the author: Shahna Sarpi is a qualified nutritionist that is on a mission to help people live a nourished life through real food and healthy habits. She loves simplifying food labels and helping people make healthier food choices. Shahna is passionate about spreading the real food message and supporting people in living a healthy life.

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