Come winter and we crave for food that is delicious, filling and satisfying. It is the best season to relish rich foods full of flavor, color and fiber. Our instinctive cravings are right on the money as vitamin, mineral and protein rich meals build a strong immunity to withstand the cold.
Make sure you step across to that leafy vegetable stall. Greens like spinach, dill, fenugreek leaves, mustard greens and lettuce are best eaten in these months. Think of thick gravies and soups – perfect for a chilly evening.
Green leafy vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants along with fibrous goodness. Low on carbs and calories, we think these should be a vital part of your meals. Palak paneer anyone?
Good things come in small packages. Yes, dry fruits are indeed that. Pistachios, almonds, raisins, cashews, pine nuts and dates are amazing sources of energy during winter. Powder them into your glass of milk or enjoy a dry fruit kheer.
Full of potassium and fiber, dry fruits are extremely filling. One can snack on them to appease sudden hunger pangs. They also induce welcome warmth in the body. Small portions are known to enrich our body with enough energy to sustain a busy day.
Meat and fish:
Meat lovers especially enjoy the cold weather, as it is the best season to gorge on various kinds of non-vegetarian delicacies. Since the weather is conducive for digesting meat easily, feel free to eat enough of it to build protein energy and heat in your body.
Depending on your tastes, go for mutton or chicken, or seafood like crab, salmon and prawn. Roasting, stewing and grilling are best to enjoy the natural taste of these meats. On the other hand, seafood chowders spell sheer warmth in a bread bowl!
Meats are high in protein and provide enough phosphorous, minerals and iron. Seafood is rich in minerals, proteins and Omega 3 fatty acids and surprisingly low on fats. So when’s the barbecue party?
With its strong taste, garlic can add zest to simple meals. Widely used in Indian households, garlic is also known as daadi’s remedy for winter colds and fever. Be it spicy garlic chutney, chicken gravy or a soft garlic naan, our Indian taste buds enjoy the zing of garlic in meals.
Garlic is a little, but remarkable helper in digestion, with antiviral and antibacterial properties. Allicin, a compound present in the garlic cloves, has amazing medicinal properties that keep cough, cold, fever and headache at bay.
Roots vegetables are ideal for the cold months. Ensure you add lots of carrots, beetroots, radishes, sweet potatoes and turnips to your daily diet.
Root vegetables provide a good amount of roughage, vitamins, folates and minerals. Carrots are exceptionally rich in carotene and vital vitamins.
Gajar ka halwa, here we come!
The golden nectar is not only tempting, but quite helpful too. Honey is relished in various ways. One can just pop a spoonful before going to bed or mix it with milk and other sweet dishes.
Honey is known for its antibacterial properties, and is effective against virus and bacteria. The tonic helps a great deal in fighting cold and fever and is a great sugar substitute for weight watchers.
Eat well this winter!