Cozy and curling up in the blankets and wool knitted sweaters can’t really help your body to fight the winter chill.
Keep yourself healthy and cozy with these foods that not only keep you at bay from diseases but also helps you remain warm in winters.
Clarified Butter (Desi Ghee): It is rich in antioxidants and helps in in the absorption of vitamins and minerals from other foods. Especially in winters ghee can increase body temperature with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids.
Cinnamon: It helps retain and increase body temperature during the chilly months. Add this spice to a hot cup of coffee in the morning, and it’ll keep your warm all day.
Dark Chocolate: A cup of hot chocolate will help warm up your body immediately, it increases metabolism in the winter. In addition, theobromine in dark chocolate also helps the body to repel symptoms of cold.
Garlic: As winters are said to affect the proper functioning of the heart , Garlic needs to be included in your food as it not only controls blood pressure but also ensures proper flow of blood, but also keeps the body warm and energetic.
Ginger: Taken in small quantities can do wonders in chilling winters. It not only keeps the body warm but also cures mild fever, common cold, coughs and aids digestion.
Holy Basil: It is rich in vitamin A, C, Calcium, Zinc and Iron, it helps our body to fight all winter borne diseases like cough, cold, pneumonia and all respiratory disorders.
Honey: It keeps you warm and fights cough and cold. Antigens in honey help to build up immunity.
Indian Gooseberry (Amla): It is one of the richest and biggest sources of Vitamin C. It improves immunity. So consuming it in winters is a big plus plus.
Jaggery: It is healthier as it contains a number of vitamins and minerals like phosphorous, iron, magnesium and potassium and is a natural cure for cough, cold, migraine, asthma and indigestion.
Mustard: Whether it is Mustard Oil , Fresh Mustard leaves or Mustard seeds , they have warming properties, they build quite a lot of heat in the body when consumed. Has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
Pepper: An incorporation of pepper in your food in winters helps to keep you warm and is an excellent anti- oxidant and contains anti-bacterial properties.
Root Vegetables: Root vegetables such as turnip, radish, sweet potatoes and yams provide the much needed energy and also ensures that you stay warm in winters. The digestion of root vegetables is slower which generates more heat in the body.
Sesame seeds: They are great for warming your body Include them in Indian halwas and chikkis. These seeds are super packed with calcium and iron.
Turmeric: It is known for its many benefits for the body. Also very in anti-oxidants. A pinch of turmeric boiled with milk and taken warm not only reduces inflammation in the body but also keeps the body hot from within due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Dried Fruits and Nuts: Almonds, cashew nuts and raisins generate a lot of heat in our body. Incorporate them in your salad or eat them as it is. Peanuts are rich in Vitamin B-3 helps in kick starting the metabolism and promotes blood flow.
Try this recipe to keep yourself warm in this winter chill: