It is the food on your dining table that decides if you think well, love well and sleep well. The American actor Benjamin Bratt once mentioned correctly, “Sometimes a little comfort food can go a long way”. In winters, the low temperature reduces our metabolism rate making us all the lazy bum! But you can overcome this lethargy if you take note of what you are eating.
Yes, you heard us right- it is not the missing heater at the office or the absence of your comforter in the park that makes you want to dive in the sun and nap right away, it is your food. Now that you know the secret, we have prepared a list of ingredients and food items that you can use not to just feel warm, but also active and boost your immunity:
Ghee tops the list because the fat in this dairy product keeps you warm. Not just the warmth in it, but you will also cherish how marvellously delicious it will make your recipes. A teaspoon of ghee or a besan laddoo cooked in Ghee should be enough to have you covered for the day.
- Nuts and Dry fruits
Nuts and Dry fruits are no wonder the energy bars you should begin your day with! You may have walnuts, raisins or almonds with your porridge or even your morning cereal. We Indians do not mind dry fruits in our sweets or kheer either! They have been proven to provide you with the necessary nutrients.
Jaggery is a sweet elixir with innumerable health benefits. It has vital minerals that are important for your health such as Zinc, Selenium and Iron. It does wonder in boosting your haemoglobin count. Besides all that nutritional value, jaggery is also known to improve digestion substantially. It’s the perfect time to substitute sugar with jaggery in your tea.
Tulsi or Basil does not just happen to be a Devi in the Indian culture but has medicinal properties too. The herb is used globally as pizza toppings or a stress-relieving flavour in tea. But, we cannot undermine the impact it leaves on our health. Prevention from strokes, reduced risk of heart attack are some of its benefits. Regular intake is recommended because of the anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties of this astonishing herb.
- Sesame Seeds
Even though we are a week past the pan Indian festival of Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Bihu or Lohri as you would like to call it, have we really moved on? Perhaps the ‘gajak’ and ‘chikkis’ are still there in the kitchen as the go-to dessert! Besides, its yum value, sesame or til is rich in iron and calcium. It also maintains the body temperature significantly. So, go right away and refill all the til-laddoo stocks.
Yes, my dear Pooh bear, it will take away your flu and cold. Honey is highly recommended in winter even in Ayurveda. You can also use it as a healthy substitute for sugar. We recommend you drink a glass of lukewarm water with a teaspoon of honey, first thing in the morning or maybe add some taste to your bitter green tea with honey.
- Hot Soups
Need I say more? If that is not what you need in winters garnished with herbs and black pepper, are you even human? You can experiment with soups, add and subtract your favourite flavours, improve your diet without compromising on taste and so much more. Soups will make you feel warm instantly.
It is these items and ingredients that will fight against any probable infections which might have affected your health otherwise. So, all you foodies, know that gorging on the right kind of food will make you fitter than ever!