Winter can affect you more than your heating bill and wardrobe. During winter the body experiences changes in metabolism, energy levels, and food preference. And in this season skipping your exercise session and indulging in calorie splurge meals to warm yourself up is common. But the truth is that whatever the season is, healthy eating habits and following a healthy diet plan is the only way to maintain good health. And you should not go overboard with ice cream during summers, you should not live on warm cookies and hot chocolate during winter.
If you want to strengthen your immunity and want to cope with all the ill effects of work from home, then here is the list of the top 5 healthy foods and winter foods which have traditionally been consumed during winter season to achieve robust immunity response, flawless skin, good mood, well lubricated joints and great bowel movements.
Winter is the perfect time to eat bajra, also known as pearl millet. The best part is that it is a versatile grain and can be made into multiple things for healthy breakfast or healthy snacks, such as bhakri, roti, ladoo, khichdi, papad, etc. Bajra offers fibre, vitamin B, magnesium, and potassium. It also improves your health and is also considered as the best traditional post lactation foods. Overall, it is the best food for the winter season.
2. Green Vegetables
If you need vitamin d foods, calcium rich foods, vitamin c foods, iron rich foods, vegetables have all of it. Winter is the right time to have green vegetables. Some of the best pick are palak, methi, sarson, kand (yam) vegetable, green lehsun and root vegetables. Most of these vegetables are storehouses of energy and are anti-inflammatory and immune boosting foods.
3. Seasonal Fruits
Some of the winter seasonal foods/fruits are guava, custard apple or sitaphal, apricot and apple. All these fruits are rich in fiber and micronutrients and help with skin hydration. People suffering from diabetes should include custard apple in their diet as it is rich in vitamin B, fibre and iron. It also helps in relieving constipation.
Pulses are protein rich food and other essential micronutrients. Kulith is a pulse rich in fiber, protein and micronutrients. Its healthy food recipes are dal, soup, paratha etc. It beats bloating, prevents kidney stones and also prevents lifestyle disorders.
Including a handful of peanuts in your daily diet is good for health as it is a storehouse of nutrients such as protein, omega-6, omega-3, fiber, copper, biotin, folate, thiamine, vitamin E, phosphorus and manganese. Consuming this healthy food in winter manages blood sugar levels, reduces the risks of stroke, and gives you healthy hair and glowing skin. You can have peanut chutney, peanut curry and much more.
Ghee contains monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and omega 3 fatty acids, which makes it a vital inclusion in your diet. You can spread it on roti, pour a tbsp on sabzis, dal, rice or use it to make bajra ladoos, dosa etc.
Besides this, don’t forget to have some healthy warm winter drinks such as masala chai, masala milk, honey ginger tea, haldi milk etc. Don’t just only eat healthy food in winter or follow winter diet plan, maintain a healthy lifestyle also like sleeping and waking up on time, and any physical activity.