Winter season has started, and while we want to enjoy the cool breeze of winter, it is essential to look after your body. As the temperature continuously affects us for the entire season, it slows down our metabolism to conserve heat and energy for the body. This is one of the reasons why we end up feeling sleepy and lethargic during winters. But fret not guys, here are seven foods that will not only keep you warm but can also boost your energy levels to get you through the cold weather.
1. Root vegetables
Root vegetables are a great source of potassium, calcium, vitamin B – 6, C, and iron. For those who aren’t quite sure what are root vegetables, they are vegetables that grow inside the earth’s surface which include turnip, carrot, radish, sweet potato, yams, onions, etc. These vegetables play a vital role in keeping your body warm as they take a while for digestion, generating heat in the body. You can use these vegetables to make a salad or a warm soupy stew.
You might be surprised to know that ghee, (also known as ‘clarified butter,’) can aid in weight loss. Ghee contains omega-3 (DHA) fats, and omega-6(CLA) has shown to help increase lean body mass while reducing fat mass. For weight watchers, this is good news, and they can benefit from this superfood all winter. Add a few drops of ghee to your dal and sabzi or put it on your roti. That’s not all. Ghee aids in digestion prevents constipation, increases immunity, and protects the body against cold and flu.
Honey is warm naturally, and its daily intake helps in keeping the body warm. This is one of the reasons why the excessive consumption of honey during summers is advised. Honey is also suitable for keeping cold, cough, and flu at away as it stimulates the immune system. You can add honey into your salad or drink it with warm water first thing in the morning. We like honey in our green teas and fruit salads, maybe you can give it a try.
4. Dry Fruits
We all are very well aware that dry fruits are a rich source of nutrients and excellent for healthy bones, muscles, nerves, teeth, and skin. Dry nuts like almonds, cashew, pistachio, ad more are rich in copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and Vitamin A-C-E-K-B6. They also help you in curing anemia and other diseases that occur due to the lack of iron and vitamins. You can eat them raw or add them to your salad, cereals, or oatmeal for breakfast.
5. Ginger and Tulsi
There is nothing that beats a hot cup of tea with ginger and tulsi on a chilly winter morning. Ayurveda has denoted tulsi as a significant herb due to its multiple benefits. Tulsi has antibiotic, anti-bacterial, and antiviral qualities that help in keeping the body healthy, whereas ginger has thermogenic properties to keep your body warm during winters. It also aids in boosting metabolism and promoting blood flow. You can add it to your teas, salads, use in cooking and make delicious healthy dips from it.
The father of all superfoods, eggs are in massive demand during winters. They are a powerhouse of energy and are also rich in proteins and vitamins, which help in keeping the body warm. They are loaded with minerals, good fats, and various trace nutrients. A large egg contains about 77 calories, with 5 grams of fat and 6 grams of protein with all nine essential amino acids. Rich in selenium, phosphorus, iron, and vitamins A, B2, B5, and B12 (among others).
7. Whole Grains and legumes
With all the vegetables and fruits you consume in a day, you need grains and legumes to keep up your energy levels. Jowar, makai, ragi, wheat, bajra are some of the common grains that should be included in an everyday meal as they help you keep your body warm and provides substances for the next day. You can add these cereals to your salads, rotis, and add your favorite pickle so that you don’t miss out on the fun that winter foods have to offer you! Likewise, pulses like Moong Dal can be used not only for dinner but to can be savored in the form of halwa as well.
Try the above foods this winter and keep yourself warm and stop your hunger craves with some of these healthier choices.