The holidays are just getting over and it’s time to replace your flip flops with formal shoes. It’s a great task to drag yourself to work in such a cold weather. So, here are some of the best winter foods to help you kill the chill-
Condiments and spices including ginger, garlic, pepper, cinnamon, etc. These foods are known to increase the body’s metabolism, thereby producing heat and giving you warmth from within. Adding these spices in your daily diet will help you remain warm on the cold wintery days.
Berries such as strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, etc. Berries are a great source of antioxidants which help to reduce the free radical damage caused by stress, pollution and even the normal body processes. These seasonal fruits are also a good source of vitamin C, which is great for boosting your immunity.
Veggies like carrots, sweet potato, spinach, etc. Winter months produce great vegetables. These are rich in nutrients like vitamin A, beta carotene, carbohydrates, fibre, etc. Include these in your soups, parathas, sabjis or in the form of smoothies or salads.
Beverages like soups, stews, herbal teas, etc. It is extremely important to stay hydrated especially in winter when the thirst sensation reduces significantly. Apart from water, these warm or hot beverages are the perfect way to ensure sufficient fluid intake.
Millets such as bajra. Various traditional recipes include bajra, which is typically a winter grain grown in Maharashtra. It it is high in fat, and rich in proteins and fibre, thus providing satiety and fullness.
Nuts including almonds, walnuts, pistachios, cashews, etc. Nuts are a good source of fat, including omega 3 and omega 6. This type of ‘good’ fat is essential for normal body functions as well as for maintaining healthy hair and skin, especially in winter when it is prone to dryness.
Dry fruits like dates, apricots, figs, etc. Dried fruits are a powerhouse of nutrients like energy, fibre, vitamins and minerals. These are a great option for snacks, since they are extremely healthy and also provide satiety in even a small portion.
Indian diets have been traditionally using all these healthy foods in preparations which are ‘winter special’. Be it gajar halwa, bajra roti, sarson ka saag or dry fruits laddoo, the older generation sure knew how to make maximum utilisation of the available resources. Of course, with changing times and the early onset of lifestyle diseases, one needs to control the intake of extreme sweet or fried foods. Finding out healthier alternatives for incorporating these foods will make it a win-win situation!
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