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Friday 21 October 2022

Winter Is Here: Indian Foods To Keep You Warm And Healthy This Cold Season


Indian winter is here and so is the cold. From December to February, most parts of the country are blanketed by the freezing weather, with Delhi, Tawang, Leh and Gulmarg being the coldest in the country. The coldest months are from December and January when the temperatures average around 10 -15 °C.


Health experts say that while piling up winter clothes and getting the heater fixed at home, most people often forget the important and easiest way to surge through the winter -eating foods that can help keep you warm and healthy during the cold months.



Winter Season And Food Habits

The seasons have changed, but why not your food habits? Winter is a time when you indulge in more eating habits to keep yourself warm and at comfort. It is also true that our body needs more energy during winters to keep itself warm. Therefore, the calories get burned faster and even metabolism rate is high during the winter months (bonus: this helps in speeding up belly fat loss).

In winters, you need to eat foods that increase your immunity, as the chances of catching infections and cold-related diseases are high But, if you take care of what you eat, you can prevent yourself from becoming vulnerable to airborne infections such as cold and flu, by adding foods to your winter diet that can help improve your immunity and keep you healthy 


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Read on the article to find some healthy and tasty Indian (and other) winter foods that can help keep you warm and illness-free.


1. Honey

One of the best foods for Indian winter, honey is rich in many nutrients and natural sugars that give you a rapid energy boost. Honey can boost our immune system and make it stronger, and avoid the onset of infections, which can be associated with its antibacterial properties . Honey also help with a sore throat, a common issue most people face in the winter.

2. Ghee

Desi ghee is widely consumed in India and across the world for its astounding health benefits. Ghee is rich in fat-soluble vitamins, essential fatty acids, and vitamin A. Ghee can help balance your body heat and temperature due to the presence of essential fatty acids in it

3. Jaggery

Jaggery is another comforting food high in calories and is commonly consumed in parts of India during the winters to stimulate body heat . Jaggery can be added to sweet dishes and to caffeinated drinks, to keep the body warm.


4. Cinnamon

Adding cinnamon to your dishes during the winter can help boost your metabolism and thereby generate heat in the chilly weathers  Cinnamon powder mixed with rose water is effective in treating dry winter skin and drinking cinnamon-infused water can help manage coughs and cold as well.

5. Saffron

The aroma and flavour of saffron is a stressbuster and drinking this red gold (world's most expensive spice) help warm your body. Boil 4-5 saffron strains in a cup of milk and drink it warm to get rid of the winter blues.

6. Mustard

Mustard is another pungent spice that is known to keep your body warm during the winters. Both white and brown mustard possesses a major pungent compound called allyl isothiocyanate, which can bring up your body temperature in a healthy manner 

 7. Sesame Seeds

Sesame seeds are used in Indian sweet dishes such as chikki, which are popularly relished during the cold winter months. These seeds are known to heat your body and make you feel warm during the winters 

8. Millet (Bajra)

Also known as pearl millet, bajra is popular in Rajasthan. Bajra is a humble healthy Indian food which has been consumed in India since the pre-historic times and is a great addition to your diet during the winter season  You can make rotis, khichdi, vegetable and millet mash.

9. Ginger

Ginger has been widely used as a spice or folk medicine around the world. Ginger contains pungent polyphenols known as gingerols like 6-shogaol, 6-gingerol, and zingerone which have thermogenic effects and are known to warm up the body 


10. Whole Grains

Whole grains are an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, which take time to digest in the body. During this process, the body uses extra energy to digest the food, and this, in turn, makes your body warmer . Add whole grains like brown rice, oatmeal, cracked wheat etc. to your diet.

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