What comes to your mind when someone mentions “Winter is coming”? Other than Game of Thrones the most common things that come to mind are itchy & heavy winter clothes, chapped lips & cracked heels! However, chilly winter weather affects more than just your wardrobe and heating bill. Your body also experiences changes in energy levels, metabolism and even food preferences.
Did you also ever notice that you feel hungrier during this time of the year? Amazingly, our body engine works better in the winter and foods are better digested. This aids in providing more nourishment and warmth to the body. So how does one eat correctly to boost immunity and keep warm this winter without overdoing it?
Keeping this in mind we have come up with a list of products that will not only increase immunity and keep you cosy, but also taste great and will leave you craving for more!
- Get toasty from the inside with our favourite cuppas:
With the weather outside giving way to rather ugly temperatures and chances of blustery north winds, it’s time to start considering how to stay warm, from the inside out. Getting something hot in your tummy is the primo way of doing just that. Starbucks and other assorted coffee houses may be hung up on hot drinks with gobs of sugar, milk and candy, but that doesn’t mean all winter warm-me-ups need to be so. This winter have drinks with the goodness of ginger, turmeric, honey, cinnamon, lemon, amla which provides vitamins, minerals & this not only strengthens your immunity system protecting from the seasonal cough-cold- flu, but also provides an essential dose of vitamins and minerals that your body needs in a chilly weather.
- Amla Lemon And Ginger Tea
- Apple Cider Vinegar with Honey
- Turmeric Latte
- Gingerbread Spiced Hot Cocoa Mix
- Snack on nuts and dry fruits this winter:
We all know winter is the best time to add dry fruits and nuts to your diet to keep you energized and glowing. Dry fruits are some of the healthiest alternatives to salty, fried snacks and a great way to satiate your cravings to nibble something or the other during winters. They also work to satisfy a sweet craving while, providing you much needed nutrients, vitamins and heat in the winter chill.
- Wholegrain cereals and pulses to keep you energized:
High energy and protein-rich foods provide our bodies the required fuel to combat the cold. That’s why many Indian households make sheera(rava, whole-wheat flour, moong-dal, vermicelli, daliaa, badam), halwa(gajar), and ladoos in this season. Makai and bajra rotis have the warmth-giving quality as well as millets are known to keep you energetic during winter. They are mainly made of starch which takes longer to break down in your stomach & hence are a long-acting source of energy that will keep you full for a longer time.
- Cinnamon Oat Clusters With Multigrain Flakes And Apple
- Pearl Millet Flour/Bajra Atta
- Organic Moong Dal
- Herbs and spices can keep you warmed up on the coldest of days:
Basil is a herb that protects against colds and fever and helps strengthen immunity. Ginger is very warming. Sliced ginger with lime and salt is a common accompaniment with meals, while ginger can be added to tea, dals and vegetables. Dry ginger powder made into tiny ladoos with jaggery and ghee is excellent for combating winter chills. Til ladoos and til chikki need no introduction to an Indian. The warmth-giving quality of til or sesame is also tapped when you sprinkle them on salads, breads, pastas and pizzas.
Colds and illness caused due to the chilly weather can really interrupt ones daily routine! One should not only eat healthy but also eat to immunize one’s body to stay fit through out the season. The products listed above will not only keep you healthy and warm but also have a lip-smacking taste that you can’t resist! We don’t ask you to choose between health and taste. They go together in our world!