It is winter and what all comes to your mind? Hot coffee/tea, spicy snacks, thermals, blankets, jackets, etc. But, that may not be enough! Winter is also a season which invites and triggers various health problems. So, it is imperative to watch the foods and beverages you choose.
Following is the list of foods and beverages that you can binge upon this winter:
Veggies – The vegetables that keep you warm and good for your body include the root vegetables (carrot, potato, sweet potatoes, radish, beetroots, onions, turnips) and greens (like palak, methi, pudina). You can either prepare your favourite dishes or just toss them up in soup. These veggies are rich in antioxidants and provide energy that helps to fight against diseases and build immunity.
Spices – Use warmth-enhancing spices like mustard, black pepper, fenugreek, garlic, asafoetida and ajwain in the curries as often as possible. These spices stimulate appetite and aid in and digestion. The antiviral and antibacterial properties are said to aid in getting rid of the germs from your system and clear your nasal airways.
Fresh and dry fruits: Pineapple and papaya increase warmth in your body. Raw and fresh amla (Indian gooseberry) and dates are highly recommended since they are rich in vitamin C, fibre, iron, magnesium and calcium. These nutrients are said to boost up immunity and help you stay energised.
Animal-based foods: Foods falling into the warming category include egg, meat, fish and poultry. Among these, eggs are rich in vitamin D and highly recommended. It is because, your exposure to the sun decreases during winter and as a result, your body misses upon vitamin D, required for healthy bones, the nerve to immune system functioning. So, don’t fail to have an egg!
Herbal teas: You can start your day with a warm cup of ginger tea followed by green tea later in the day. These drinks are rich in antiviral and antibacterial properties and help in keeping the antioxidant levels high throughout the day. You may also choose ginger – lime tea for a change.
Tulsi-ginger tea: Fight your winter chills by sipping tea prepared out of Tulsi and ginger (fresh or dry).
Coffee: Filter coffee is a comfort drink suitable for the winter season.
Honey: You can have honey mixed in a warm cup of hot milk before going to bed. It is rich in antibacterial properties which can help you avoid catching a cold.
Water: As you find comfort in the above foods and drinks, you may be skipping drinking water. But, water is a crucial component to keep us hydrated all year round. So, don’t let the cold weather stop you from drinking water!
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