Foods You Should Add To Your Diet Now That It’s Getting Colder
Winter is here and appetites have increased. Warming treats and hearty meals seem to be the only motivation to get through the day, even when all you want to do is snuggle in your blanket and nap! Did you know this increased appetite is actually a defense mechanism of your body to keep you warm? Cooler temperatures lower our body’s temperature which is why we feel sluggish and exhausted all the time. Our body needs more energy and metabolism goes down as well (metabolism works best at 37℃). So, it sends signals to the brain to induce the feeling of hunger.
Here are a few foods you should add to your winter diet to feel satiated and full -
Dry Fruits and Nuts
Dry fruits and nuts are known to increase body heat and build immunity. They are rich in fiber, vitamins, micronutrients, and minerals. Nuts like almonds and walnuts are rich in natural oils and dry fruits like prunes and raisins flush out toxins, which make them super amazing for your skin!
And, dry fruits are really great to satisfy any sweet cravings.
Sesame seeds are an awesome source of good fats and are rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants, which keep your hair and skin moisturized. They also keep your body warm for long periods of time.
Soups are honestly the most heartiest and comforting meals you can have on a cold, lazy night. They give your immunity a boost and keep you hydrated and full. They also help ward off colds, flus and nasty sniffles! Use seasonal winter vegetables like pumpkin and carrots to make the most of these cool months.
Coming to pumpkin! Firstly, pumpkin is very versatile, you can roast it, puree it, boil it, bake it, or make a delicious sabzi! Pumpkins are an excellent source of Vitamins A, K, C, and they are loaded with potassium, iron, and magnesium.
Green Leafy Vegetables
Leafy vegetables are nutrient-dense and powerhouses of nutrition. Spinach, which you can find almost anywhere, is rich in iron, magnesium, calcium, folic acid, and vitamins A, C, and K.
Sweet potatoes are packed with Vitamin D, which is crucial during winter. It's loaded with iron and antioxidants which are brilliant for your health and skin! Plus, they contain a volley of vitamins like Vitamin A, B6, and C.
Known for their immense benefits, turnips are a superb addition to your winter diet. Turnips (and their leaves and sprouts!) are nutritious from tip to toe and can be used in pickles, sabzis, stews, broths. They contain Vitamins A, C and K, carotenoids, omega-3 acids, xanthine, iron, copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, and lot of phytonutrients. They regulate metabolism, aid digestion, and improve blood circulation.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties which can help tackle colds, flus, and headaches. It keeps your body warm, alleviates nausea, relieve congestion, boosts immunity, and lessens muscle and joint pain. Add it to your cup of masala chai or just brew a few slices of ginger with water and honey, and you're good to go!
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