10 Essential Winter Foods to Keep You Warm – Don’t Miss Out!
1. Root vegetables:
Root vegetables like radishes, turnips and sweet potatoes are ESSENTIAL in winter because of a handy process called thermogenesis. Thermogenesis basically means: the process of your body producing heat, caused by food metabolising. In practical terms, this means that foods that take longer to digest can help to raise your body temperature!
Root vegetables take longer to digest, so toss them in roast dinners or cosy soups this winter so you can get warm quick!
2. Complex carbohydrates:
Because it’s so cold, you may be feeling a lot hungrier, but don’t eat more – eat smart! It’s tempting to snack on biscuits, chocolate bars and other cosy little snacks throughout the day, but simple carbohydrates digest really quickly, so they don’t keep you warm that long.
Start your day with oatmeal or porridge, to stay full and warm for longer. Other complex carbohydrates include whole grains, potatoes and lentils.
Another healthy option – and one that can be sliced over your morning oatmeal or porridge!
Eggs are often described as ‘a powerhouse of energy’ – not only do they keep your body warm, they are rich in proteins and vitamins and they can help your body fight infection in winters.
Yes, we’ve given you the perfect excuse to feed your addiction! Caffeine increases your metabolism, which can raise your body temperature, so go ahead and pour that extra cup!
6. Hot ginger tea:
Okay, for those of you who aren’t giddy at the thought of more caffeine – try some hot ginger tea. Ginger can stimulate thermogenesis AND it is a diaphoretic (it warms your body from the inside out) – so it gives you double the warmth! It boosts your metabolism, helps your digestion and even promotes blood flow to warm your fingers and toes.
And if you’re not a fan of ginger tea, you can add ginger to soups, stews or even smoothies, so don’t miss out on this winter warmer!
7. More spices:
As well as ginger, you can’t be missing out on these flavoursome five – cumin, cinnamon, sesame seeds, pepper and turmeric.
8. Dry fruits and nuts:
You can sprinkle these over your oatmeal or porridge as well – or just snack on them throughout the day so you can avoid those unhealthy chocolate bars. Dry fruits and nuts like almonds, cashews and raisins generate heat in the body, and they can also help if you have an iron deficiency. Just don’t eat too many – all things in moderation!
If you get cold easily, maybe you need to drink more water! This seems counter-intuitive – we tend to be less thirsty in colder weather – but water helps to regulate your body temperature. When you’re dehydrated, your core temperature drops. A great way to remind yourself to hydrate is to always keep a water bottle at hand.
Because it’s really cold (we know we keep saying that, but it really is!), a daily spoonful of honey in some hot water is just the ticket to keeping your immune system strong. Honey is a Sunnah food which has a lot of amazing properties, including helping you keep colds and coughs at bay. Honey is warm in nature, and regularly eating or drinking honey will help keep your body warm this winter.
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