Winter season is here guys and while we are enjoying the chilly breeze after months of scorching summers, it is important to give your body the warmth it needs during the cold weather; otherwise you might end up spending your winters in bed with cold-borne diseases.
Why, you are wondering? Let me tell you, when the temperature falls the metabolism of the body slows down in order to conserve energy and keep the body warm.
This is one of the reasons why we end up feeling sleepy and lethargic during winters. But fret not guys, here are 8 foods that can not only keep you warm but can also boost your energy levels to get you through the cold winters.
Honey is warm in nature and its regular intake helps in keeping the body warm, too. This is one of the reasons why excessive intake of honey during summers is not advised. Honey is also good for keeping cold, cough and flu at bay as it strengthens the immune system. So sip on some honey in hot water or have a spoon of honey daily, first thing in the morning to keep yourself warm.
2. Sesame seeds
Chikki is a sweet dish which is popular during winters. Do you know what chikkis are made of? Well, chikkis are made of sesame seeds which are good for keeping the body warm and cozy during winters. These seeds are also loaded with iron and calcium content which strengthen the bones and muscles.
You can soak some sesame seeds overnight and have them in the morning or you could make small balls of jaggery and sesame seeds and have one every morning to keep yourself energized and warm. You can also use sesame seed oil for cooking to maintain your body temperature.
3. Root vegetables
For those who aren't quite sure of what root vegetables are; they are vegetables that grow below the surface, like radish, turnip and sweet potatoes. Root vegetables keep the body warm as their digestion is slower which generates more heat. You can use these vegetables to make yourself a warm soupy stew or you could eat them as salad.
You must have noticed that during winters your mother puts ghee on your rotis. Well, she does that for a reason. Desi ghee is the most easily digestible fat which gives the body the much needed warmth.
That's not all. Ghee aides in digestion, prevents constipation, increases immunity and protects the body against cold and flu. You can add a few drops of ghee in your dal and sabzi or you could cook your food in ghee.
Ginger has thermogenic properties that help in keeping you warm during winters. It also aides in boosting metabolism and promoting blood flow. Brew yourself a hot cup of ginger tea in the morning and you are good to go.
6. Dry Fruits
Dry fruits like almonds, cashew and raisins generate heat in the body. They also help in curing Anaemia and other diseases that are caused due the deficiency of iron and vitamins. All you have to do is eat them raw or include them in your salad or milk.
Most of you must be aware of the fact that Tulsi/basil has medicinal properties. It is rich in vitamin C, A, zinc and iron which helps the body to fight cold borne diseases like cold, cough, sinus and other respiratory problems. Having raw Tulsi leaves can boost your immunity and keep your body warm during the cold weather.
There is a reason why eggs are termed as a 'superfood.' Eggs are in huge demand during winters. They are a powerhouse of energy and are also rich in proteins and vitamins which help in keeping the body warm. This winter, keep yourself warm.
The writer is a freelancer
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