As temperature continues to drop, you’re layering on jackets, scarves and sweaters to shield yourself from cold. But what you eat could actually help you by regulating temperature of internal body. When you’re exposed to freezing temperatures, your metabolism slows down to conserve energy & heat. Since holiday season is round the corner, we usually have rich foods that not only fill stomach but also our weight. Variety of healthy Indian winter foods that you can add with workouts to keep yourself in shape. And no, it’s not just only soup, hot tea, and warm drinks.
These Indian winter foods are incredibly surprising to keep you warm.
Dried fruits and Nuts
Many of us have warm milk with cereals in morning food to charge up our day. To keep body warm during whole day, you may add nuts like almonds, pistachios and walnuts to breakfast. To give a twist to normal breakfast as cereal or warm milk with dalia (porridge) or oats, add dried fruits like apricots, raisins and figs.
Root vegetables and leafy greens
Carrots, onions, spinach, radish, green beans are some of the varieties that can help you stay both healthy and warm in winter. Because these foods are loaded with rich sources of nutrients like beta-carotene and vitamin C. Adding them to dals, vegetables juices and soups can benefit you also compliments your fitness routine.
Whole grain, cereals and pulses
Pearl Millet (Bajra), Millet (jowar), Maize(makkai), Barley(jau), Finger Millet(ragi) are some of the common whole grain cereals that can be included in your roti. So that you don’t miss out on fun that winter foods offer you! Similarly, pulses can be used not only for dinner but also in the form of Halwa (moong dal halwa) as well.
Pepper, Fenugreek and Hing
Indian food is known to be rich due to spices in every meal. Some of the common spices that helps you stay in shape and offer delicious taste are mustard, asafetida (Hing), black pepper, fenugreek, cumin seeds etc. Catching a flu or cold during winter is very common so take a hot drink adding some black pepper to feel better. Other than this, adding dry fenugreek to rotis and dals, gives you an appetizing meal also generate warmth in body.
Tulsi and ginger
Nothing beats winter chill like a hot cup of Tulsi (basil) and ginger tea. In India, Ayurveda has denoted Tulsi as holy basil due to its multiple benefits. Tulsi is anti-bacterial, anti-biotic and anti-viral that helps in keeping your body healthy. You can add this versatile herb in your teas, salads and dips. On the other hand, ginger can be used in many ways from teas to food to having raw ginger if you have throat problem.
Garlic is known as easiest home remedy to cure fever and cold. Medical research has theorized that garlic has ability to increase enzymes level to helps liver to detoxify blood. Eating raw garlic provides maximum potency but if you cannot eat raw, you can have that cooked in food.