5 Warming Winter Comfort Foods

As we’re all trying to get used to it getting dark at 5pm and digging out our woolly jumpers and hats once more, the one thing that’s essential is comfort food. Not just typical comfort foods, but food that are full of the macros you need at this time of year. 

Winter comfort food is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and is always reliable to make you feel good. Think pumpkin, think warming ramen, think hot chocolate.

If any of the above sound at all good to you (we don’t know how they couldn’t) then keep reading. 


Protein Hot Chocolate Bombs

What better way to kick off a winter recipe list than with hot chocolate? And Fitwaffle made this one even better by packing it with 11g of protein in one mug.

It only takes three ingredients to make this rich chocolatey treat. Pair with with a cheesy Christmas film and you’ve got the cosiest post-workout treat.


Pumpkin Thai Red Curry

We couldn’t write this without including something pumpkin related. If you’re sick of pumpkin spiced lattes but still want to feel all of the autumnal feelings, this is the recipe for you. 

Packed with garlic and chilli, this is perfect to warm up those frosty winter nights. 

Pumpkin ups your dose of Vitamin C paired with ginger, offering up B3 and B6 and bracing your immune system for the winter months. What are you waiting for? Snap up a discounted pumpkin ASAP.



This classic Shakshuka will definitely warm you up. Whether you’ve just gotten home from a chilly lunchtime walk, or you need a boost of vitamins at the end of a long day, this one’s for you.  

The eggs provide you with vitamin B12 as well as a healthy dose of protein, and lets face it, who doesn’t love a dippy egg. Take a slice of crusty bread with a healthy slab of butter on top and dip into this tomato-ey, eggy, deliciousness.


Cheesy Chicken Tomato & Basil One-Pot

We know that winter can sometimes bring a little bit of laziness, and we don’t blame you. That’s why this recipe is easy and delicious. 

Tomato, chicken, and as much cheese as your heart desires, what more could you want from dinner on a cold night? 

Packed with 38g of protein as well, we’re confident this recipe will become a regular favourite.


BBQ Pulled Chicken Mac ‘n’ Cheese

We’re not sure we’ve ever met a mac ‘n’ cheese hater, and we don’t want to. This is maybe the ultimate comfort food for a lot of people including us.

We’ve added chicken to this comfort food classic, helping bring it’s protein count up to 37g, meaning it’ll help you get your macros up as well as lift your mood.

Cold winter Friday nights when you’ve got nowhere to be and nothing to do call for mac ‘n’ cheese in front of the TV. This recipe is the perfect Friday night companion.


Beef Ramen Noodles

Wholesome and hearty are words that come to mind when we think of ramen, and for good reason. 

It feels like a hug from the inside. Beef delivers you 26g protein whilst pak choi, spring onions and ginger give you some much needed vitamins and minerals, essential this time of year.

If you can’t quite bring yourself to make that roast dinner on a Sunday, this is half the effort and just as hearty.


Take Home Message 

Winter is a time to treat yourself and be a little indulgent with your favourite foods. These warming winter meals are guaranteed to keep you going, high protein, vitamin packed meals and exactly what you need in these frosty evenings. Pair with some Christmas films and you’ll be set for the next few months.

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Monica Green

Monica Green

Writer and expert

Originally from South London, Monica graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Philosophy. After discovering a love for the gym whilst studying, Monica was drawn to weight training which helped her hugely through stressful times as a student. From writing for a popular student site, Monica developed her skills as an author, writing trending feature pieces regularly. She is thrilled to be able to combine her love for writing with her passion for the gym. In her spare time Monica loves to cook, try out new restaurants with friends and explore new walking trails.