When it's freezing outside, it's like your very soul needs something warm. And while we could down packaged mini-marshmallow hot chocolate all day, we don't want to abandon our quest for healthy food simply because we need a warm cup or bowl of something in our hands.

So, Women's Health magazine, published by Rodale Inc. of Emmaus, asked a few top nutritionists to share their go-tos when they need a steamy snack.

1 Honestly, is anything as belly-warming as a bowl of oatmeal? "I like to add half of a mashed banana and 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter to my oats," says Kelly Pritchett, a registered dietitian.

Oats are high in soluble fiber, thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron. Add to the protein from the peanut butter by making your oats with milk or cottage cheese, suggests Pritchett.

2 Let's face it: Store-bought soup is pretty appealing when you don't have time to whip some up on your own — you need a steamy snack now! "I buy bean-based soup from the supermarket all the time," says Keri Gans, a registered dietitian nutritionist. But how do you pick one that's truly healthy? "Compare brands, and go with the one with the least sodium, ideally less than 400 mg, and the highest protein, about 5 g or more," she says. Beans are a good source of protein and fiber, so you'll feel satiated until your next meal.

3 If you're looking for a high-protein plant-based snack, edamame (that's whole soy beans) is where it's at. "Most grocery stores carry packages of frozen edamame that you can just throw in the microwave for a few minutes to steam," says Jim White, a registered dietitian. "I like to sprinkle it with coarse salt for extra flavor."

Your 1/2 cup edamame snack packs 8 grams of fiber into only about 100 calories, says White. Plus, edamame is a great source of folate, vitamin K and iron.

Refferal: http://www.mcall.com/health/mc-top-3-cold-weather-snacks-0220-20160219-story.html

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