Remember that warm feeling you get after being out in the cold or after being rained on and you get a hot cup of coffee? tea? chocolata? That warmth that curls out from the middle of your being and spreads out slowly.
Well ofcourse we get warmth from warm hugs, favourite food, deep connections with people around us, hoodies, good company… the list is endless.For this article,we will talk about warmth generated from foods and what you should invest in during a cold season to keep you warm.
1. Oatmeal/ porridge; This is a great option for breakfast. It is high in fiber therefore takes a while to get digested and keeps you fuller for longer. As food gets digested energy is produced which leads to a warm body. Oatmeal is also essential in lowering cholesterol levels which means better health.Whole grain breads, pasta, brown rice and legumes are also excellent foods rich in fiber and also good choices to keep you warm.
2. SoupsVegetable ; Soups such as pumpkin soups are a great healthy choice during this season because they are nutrient rich and therefore help fight diseases and also regulate body temperatures.Bone soups or broth are also great choices for warmth and also rich in calcium to keep bones strong.
3. Sweet potatoes ;You can have this for breakfast or even lunch or dinner. They are high in fiber ensuring you are fuller for longer. Sweet potatoes are also packed with vitamins and minerals such as vitamin c, calcium, potassium and iron.
4. Chili ;For that extra kick you may add chilies to your food or make chili sauce. Chilies have a compound called capsaicin which gives them their spicy kick, fights buildup of fat and boosts metabolism. If you are not very active in this season this would be a great addition to your meals.
5. Vitamin C;The risk of catching a flu goes way up during the cold season. Add a variety of vitamin C sources to your meals such as oranges, bell peppers, tomatoes, potatoes. This will boost your immune system and keep energy levels up.
6. Healthy fats;These help in absorption of vitamins A, D, E and K. sun rays help in absorption of vitamin D and since this weather limits the amount of sunshine the risk of vitamin D deficiency is high. Add sources of fats like fish, nuts, olives and avocados to avoid deficiencies.
7. Ginger tea ;The last thing on your mind is taking water during this season, but it is as easy to get dehydrated during cold seasons as it is during hot seasons . Take your water hot or make a warm cup of tea. Ginger tea is particularly good because the spice has thermogenic properties which naturally warm you up.Hot chocolate is also a great addition to keep you warm.Stay warm!