7 Healthy Winter Food Habits
For many of us, winter can mean lingering in bed, sipping hot chocolate, skipping morning walks and giving in to our food cravings. While all this sounds lovely, these winter habits can take a toll on our bodies. Fortunately, there are ample foods, spices and drinks that can help us stay naturally warm and keep our health in check.
- Eat Your Veggies
Make the most of abundant winter greens such as spinach, cabbage, broccoli, mustard greens and fenugreek leaves. These are packed with vitamins, minerals, fibres and antioxidants but are low in calories – perfect for winter! Also, leafy vegetables keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Carrot, beetroot, potato, sweet potato, radish, turnip, onion, are some other vegetables that are rooting for you this winter. These roots are an easy substitute for bread, pasta and grains as in supplying carbohydrates for energy. Are you still looking for more reasons to eat roots? Click here.
- Spice It Up
Have you ever noticed that we tend to put more spice in our food as the temperature dips? That’s because spices such as cardamom, turmeric, cinnamon, cumin, black pepper, star anise, nutmeg and ginger have warming and healing properties. These spices can be easily included in our daily diet – in curries, teas, soups. Learn more about these healthy winter spices here.
- Go Nuts
Munching on dry fruits and nuts is the best way to satisfy your food cravings in winter. Almonds, walnuts and dates provide us with much-needed nutrition and body heat in the winter chill.
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- Soak In The Citrus
Tasty, healthy and pretty, juicy citrus fruits are best-known for their flu-fighting and immunity-building properties. An excellent source of Vitamin C, they are also loaded with nutrients, antioxidants and fibres that boost our metabolism. Juice up, add to salads or eat straight with some salt and pepper. Don’t forget to gorge on lemons, oranges, maltas, kinnows, pomelos and grapefruit this season!
- Heal With Herbal Tea
Herbs are nature’s gifts to us and herbal teas and infusions are a great way to protect and heal ourselves naturally! A cup of the right herbal brew can help boost your immunity, get rid of aches and inflammation, reduce chest congestion, fever and cold, and more. Check out these 12 benefits of organic chamomile flowers tea. Some of the best herbal teas for winters are ginger tea, chamomile tea, peppermint tea, lemongrass tea and nettle tea.
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- Honey Has It All
Honey is our all-season friend and it becomes friendlier during winter. Commonly taken as a substitute for sugar, it is a natural source of carbohydrate which is essential for much-needed strength and energy during winter months. Honey instantly boosts our endurance and reduces muscle fatigue which is common during cold months.
- Arm Yourself with Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar is known as a health and wellness elixir for a number of reasons. It heals your gut, fights diabetes, promotes heart health, soothes a sore throat and more! Check out the top 8 reasons for you to include this magic potion in your diet.
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Include these foods and beverages in your diet plan and fight those winter blues in style. So, go ahead and make the most of the cold weather with these natural remedies by your side.
Happy winter, folks!