Have you noticed a nip in the air, a slight chill in the mornings and the evenings? If yes, you’ll have realised by now that winter is just around the corner. With the days becoming shorter and the nights becoming longer, temperatures are also beginning to fall.
So, to prepare you for the winter season, Better Butter has curated a list of the 7 best winter foods that are bound to keep you all warm and cozy during this chilly season.
Grains such as bajra and amaranth will keep you nice and warm during the winters. Try your hand at making a warm amaranth cereal, sprinkled with some winter berries and drizzled with a generous dose of honey. Be it breakfast or lunch, this dish can be had at any time during the day! Along with amaranth, millets such as ragi and bajra will give you the much-needed energy during those cold and wintry days. Both these foods are high energy foods that consist primarily of starch. Since millets contain starch, it takes the body longer to digest these foods, as a result of which energy is generated by the body for a longer period of time.
Cinnamon is literally winter in a bottle! The woody scent and the rustic taste of this naturally warm spice is enough to make us feel all cozy and warm inside. Not only does cinnamon improve metabolism, but it also generates heat within the body. Add it to milk, hot chocolate, coffee or tea and you will have the perfect drink to cuddle up with during the winters!
Ginger has thermogenic properties that help to keep you warm. This spice can boost your metabolism and even improve the blood flow inside your body. Ginger strengthens the body, improves digestion and helps to cure cough and cold.
Honey is one of the few food items that does not have an expiry date. Honey has medicinal properties that can treat cold and flu-two common illnesses that plague people during the winters. Like ginger and cinnamon, honey is naturally warm and it can keep you warm and comfortable throughout this season.
5) Mustard (Sarson)
Mustard oil, mustard seeds or fresh mustard leaves-all the components of mustard can keep you warm during this season. Give yourself a relaxing body and/or head massage using mustard oil or use mustard leaves to make the traditional ‘Sarson ka Saag’-you can do so much with this food item during the winter months!
Saffron is considered to be the most expensive spice in the world, and rightly so since it was primarily used by royal families. Even today, a small box of saffron is very expensive to buy. Apart from giving you glowing skin, saffron helps to maintain your health during the chilly days of the winter season. You can add a pinch of saffron into your milk and have it everyday during the cold weather.
7) Sesame Seeds (Til)
Sesame seeds have a host of benefits for the body, skin and hair. These tiny seeds can treat chronic problems such as pneumonia, bronchitis and asthma. These seeds are also used liberally in traditional winter sweets such as halwas and chikkis. Packed with calcium and iron, you can soak these seeds in water overnight and drink the water in the morning. You can also combine sesame seeds and jaggery to make tiny energy balls that you can have on a daily basis. These little balls are bound to keep you warm and energetic throughout the winter season! Apart from this, sesame seed oil can also be used for cooking.
In addition to packing yourself in sweaters, coats and scarves during the winter season, incorporate these foods into your daily diet to keep yourself naturally warm during those cold and chilly days.
Sources: Doctor NDTV, Healthline, IndiaMart, Livestrong.com, NDTV Food, Organic Facts, Pixabay.