As the end of the year air keeps on bringing chillier temperatures to a large part of the country, people can do more to keep warm besides wearing a coat, hat or gloves. A variety of foods for instance, can help the body stay warm during these winter months. This week, we list our five such culinary examples- ingredients and otherwise, that serve the purpose:
Ginger not only helps the body stay warm, it also helps boost the immune and digestive systems. Ginger can be used in salad dressings, soups such as ginger carrot soup as well as into baked goods such as bread – which tastes great with a taste of garlic! You can even drink ginger with hot water right before bedtime to keep you snug and comfortable through the night.
Fats in general, such as coconut keep the body warm through their constant metabolization processes. Although it is not consumed directly, coconut oil can be used as a moisturizer, which will prevent the body from losing heat through dry skin. A majority of South Indian foods – particularly from Kerala – make abundant use of coconut in their cuisines.
Although you don’t want things to be too spice as spices such as cayenne can make you sweat and in fact, cause you to lose heat; certain other spices like cinnamon, cumin, paprika and nutmeg when consumed in the right quantities help increase the body’s metabolism and generate enough heat to keep you sufficiently warm.
4. Hot Soups
Hot soups are savoury and an obvious choice of meal for the winter months, but the timing of them through the day is important too. A salad for instance, can be eaten during the afternoon – when the body is at its warmest. But a soup in the evening works best as it can then keep the body warm through the night.
Warm tomato soup works best, but feel free to experiment with other vegetables as well!
Eaten hot, millet along with other whole grains provide immediate warmth and also provide needed complex carbohydrates to fuel the body’s engine. They are moreover, a great source of Vitamin B and Magnesium, which help the thyroid and adrenal glands better regulate the body’s temperature during a time when they typically slow down due to the colder weather, making them an ideal winter food!
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