Winter is coming; which means it’s time to lower the air conditioning and get those warm blankets out of the closets. However, did you know that there are plenty of foods that are essential for keeping your body warm internally? We take a look at 5 of those foods which you’d want to consider adding to your Winter food budget.
Who doesn’t love a nice cup of piping hot chocolate on a cold winter’s night? Especially one that is made by you with the ingredients in your kitchen. There are many health benefits which come into play when consuming this beverage such as boosting your mood, giving you more brain power and most importantly, losing weight.
Soup is delicious. There is no doubt about that. It gives you that warm fuzzy feeling inside when consumed and helps keep you warm throughout the night. Black Bean Soup and French Onion Soup are great examples of great wholesome soups to try out during the cold winter season. Remember to make the soups thick to add consistency and flavor.
During the winter season, we’re always looking for heaty food to keep us warm and there’s nothing better than eating more spices such as cinnamon, cumin and paprika. Not only do these and many other spices add flavor to your dish but they also increase your body’s metabolism rate which allows more heat to be generated to your body.
Whole grains are a good source of B vitamins and magnesium, which help the thyroid and adrenal glands better regulate the body’s temperature during a time when they slow down from the colder weather. When eaten hot, rolled oats, brown rice, millet and other whole grains give immediate warmth and also provide needed complex carbohydrates to fuel the body’s engine.
One of the main reasons why your hands and feet may feel cold during the winter is because of an iron deficiency (or anemia). Some people with the condition get enough of the nutrient, but have trouble absorbing it; others simply aren’t eating enough iron-rich foods. If you chat with your doctor and find out it’s the latter, adding foods rich in protein can help you warm up. Lean beef and poultry are both great examples of lean meat and remain low in saturated fat.
Not only will these foods give you that added warmth required to keep you calm and cozy during the winter season but will also add to the essential nutrients vital for your bodily functions.