So, let’s prepare ourselves to the coldest winter this year by doing more to keep warm besides wearing a coat, hat and gloves. Here are 8 superfoods you must have handy.
Who doesn’t love munching a bowl of fresh nuts on a cold wintry afternoon? Well, nuts are one of the best foods that keep you warm during winter. You can go for cashew nuts, almonds, peanuts, and walnuts. Well, if you don’t like dry fruits much, toast them a bit and you will surely end up being toastier this winter.
In winters, everyone feels hungry. And, Oats are a whole grain, so you will get a dose of fiber and plant-based protein to stop hunger with just one bowl. Various researches have found that just 3 grams a day of the beta-glucan in oats may reduce your bad cholesterol levels by 5 to 10%, whether they start out normal or high. “To get some healthy fat mixed in, I add almond butter and chia seeds,” says Keri Gans, author of The Small Change Diet.
Snuggly sweet potatoes
Have you observed the deep orange hue in sweet potatoes and yams? This colour is due to the rich amount of beta-carotene, which provides 214 percent daily value of vitamin A per cup. And, we all know what Vitamin A can do to our body. It enhances eye health, boosts your immune system, and stimulates bone growth. Sweet potatoes even contain potassium which is vital for heart health. With 4 grams fiber, 2 grams of protein, and zero fat, nothing can keep you warm and slim like sweet potatoes.
Substitute sugar (with jaggery or honey)
Not only are natural sugars like jaggery and honey excellent substitutes for the artificial sugars in your diet, they can keep you warm through the day. They are also good for the digestive system, since they are unrefined and keep the sugars in your body balanced.
A pinch of turmeric boiled with milk and taken warm not just reduces inflammation in body, but also keeps the body hot from within. Alternatively you can add it to any food you cook at home.
Saffron or Kesar has been hailed as the source of beauty and health since times immemorial. When consumed with milk it increases body’s resistance and when mixed with cream and applied on face it makes skin clean, spotless and radiant. In winters it can be boiled with raisins, milk and almonds and taken daily before going to sleep.
Homemade ghee (clarified butter) does wonders for your skin, joints and brain throughout the year, but especially in winter, when your digestive system is at its most powerful. Ghee keeps your skin supple, lubricates your joints and tissues and helps the liver digest fat soluble vitamins, like Vitamins A, K, D and E.
Agile Amla juice
Amla is among the richest sources of vitamin C. Amla is good for liver, digestion, skin, hair, and controls acidity, blood sugar and cholesterol. That’s why it added to Chyawanprash. Ayurvedic doctors recommend having 10 ml of pure Amla juice every morning for better immunity and health. Alternatively you can go for fresh amla chutney, or amla cooked in sugar syrup. Or just eat one piece every day.
Gauzy Ginger tea
If you are thinking of warming up with a cup of tea, try adding grated ginger to your brew. Ginger is thought to have thermogenic properties that can keep you warm, and some believe it may also boost metabolism and promote blood flow.