- Winter is the time of rest. It is the time of the year to enjoy indoors, deep relaxation, and healing with clean preservative-free warming stews and foods. Winter is also cold and so to be aligned with this we must consume more warming foods such as buckwheat, ragi, root vegetables, ginger, turmeric, sesame seeds etc. and avoid/reduce cooling foods such as coconut, cucumbers, pineapples, ice-creams etc.
Here is a list of top 5 winter foods:
- Dark leafy greens: Dark leafy greens are hearty and rich in nutrients which support our digestion and immunity. Also, along with all the strong and heavy winter foods and flavours we usually consume, dark leafy greens keep a nice lightness in our body to maintain a healthy circulation. Mustard greens are excellent for the lungs and colon. Fenugreek greens (methi patta) are rich in minerals and support bone and digestive health. Many people say they get flatulence with greens – though the true reason for flatulence/bloating here is not the greens but the other unhealthy things in their gut which the greens circulate and move out – causing temporary flatulence for those with a weak digestion. Bathua is also excellent and can easily be added to soups, rotis or as a side dish by itself (like a vegetable dish/sabzi)
- Kuttu atta: Buckwheat (kuttu) is a warming grain and it also helps in healthy weight management. Eat this food 1-2 times in a week in roti, pasta or porridge form is healthy. Avoid having this grain daily as it is too strong. A little on a weekly basis goes a long way to support our health.
- Root vegetables/Carrots, Turnips, Radish, Sweet potatoes: Root vegetables give energy to our root – the root of our body is our legs. They root and ground us and also help improve digestion. They are one of the most under-estimated super foods which many people ignore. Root vegetables such as carrots, white radish (mooli), turnips and sweet potatoes should be consumed 2-4 times a week each.
- Sesame seeds: Black and tan sesame seeds are rich in calcium, magnesium and trace minerals which are good for our bones, teeth and keeping warm. These should be lightly toasted and stored in a glass jar and consumed over grains, vegetables, salads or noodles. Avoid using white sesame seeds as these are processed with little/no fibre and mineral content.
- Turmeric root: Turmeric is recommended to be used in daily cooking, teas and juice shots. Turmeric is excellent to boost the immunity and energy levels. In the ancient energy cycles of seasons, winter is associated with our kidneys and bladder. Drinking turmeric in warm/hot tea along with other ingredients such as clove, coriander seeds, cinnamon, and a little jaggery (gudd) is an excellent morning or bedtime tea. You may also add ginger and black pepper to this tea if your body is generally very cold. Avoid adding black pepper if you already have a warm-hot body-type.
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