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Healthy Indian Food for Winters

By Dhwani Shah • 21 July 2021
Fitness and Nutrition
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According to Ayurveda, our body tends to generate a lot of energy during winters to keep us warm.

 

There is an additional demand for calories which is why we tend to feel hungrier during winters. However, our body tends to digest foods easily during winters. Winter is also the best time to boost our immunity.

 

Top 10 foods you should have during winters,

 

Root Vegetables:

 

Root Vegetables

 

Root vegetables have a warming effect on our body and provide a lot of energy. Some root vegetables are - carrots, beetroots, turnips and sweet potatoes.

 

Dry fruits & Nuts:

 

Nuts

 

Nuts like almond, cashew, walnut, peanut, almond or coconut and dry fruits like apricot and dates are packed with magnesium and zinc. Eating these foods prevent skin from drying and lips from being chapped which is very common during winters. Rich amino acids present in these nuts are good for bone health and help with joint pains.

 

Green vegetables:

 

Green Vegetables

 

Great produce of spinach, basil, green onions, methi and cabbage are available during winters. These green veggies are packed with vitamin A and C which help build our immunity.

 

Citrus fruits:

 

Citrus Fruits

 

Citrus fruits like limes, oranges, amla and lemon are best grown during winters. Vitamin C is the main component in citrus fruits. It helps in building immunity as well as the fibre that's present helps with gut health.

 

Spices:

 

Spices

 

Spices like ginger, cumin, cinnamon and pepper should be regularly used during winters. They naturally provide heat and warmth to our body. They also improve our blood circulation and help with digestion. Ginger soothes our throat, helps with cough and provides us comfort during winter.

 

Sesame:

 

Sesame

 

Sesame has a lot of B complex, carbohydrates and calcium. Both sesame oil and seeds have great benefits. Sesame oil massages will provide relief to your joint pains during winters. While sesame seeds will provide you with a lot of stamina.

 

Flax seeds: 

 

Flax Seeds

 

Flax seeds are loaded with nutrients like protein, carbs, fibres, omega 3, vitamin b6 and many more. They are a rich source of lignans, which may reduce cancer risk. They also lower your cholesterol levels, blood pressure and improve digestion.

 

Honey:

 

Honey

 

Honey is most beneficial during winters. It improves your digestion and builds your immunity.

 

Bajra:

 

Bajra

 

Bajra has more protein than any other grains and should be eaten especially during winters. Along with this, it is also very rich in magnesium, potassium and fibre that improves your overall health.

 

Mushrooms:

 

Mushroom

 

Mushrooms contain a wide range of nutrients. It acts as a plant-based source for vitamin D. Some mushrooms have been proven to improve immunity. Mushrooms are also very versatile and can be incorporated in your diet in various forms.

 

Hope this article helped you to plan for your winter hibernation! Don’t forget to include them in your diet and make sure to eat healthy. 

 

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