Are you the kind who loves to settle for some comfort food? I, for one know that my body craves for more food in the winter, making me go on a binging spree if I do not control what I eat. Following healthy diet tips can become a bit cumbersome if it involves restrictions about what to eat and what not to eat. While the trick is to eat everything and anything in moderation, there are some foods that are season specific and have the ability to keep your body warm or cold according to the season. For example eating water content fruits like melons are one of the good ways of keeping your body hydrated in the summers.
Healthy Diet Tips for this Winter
With the onset of winter and the temperature drops, you need to eat food that keeps your body warm to maintain the body temperature. I’ve listed some food that should be a must include in your diet for the winter. Most of these foods are rich in antioxidants and help to better your immune system. So eat this and not that! These healthy diet tips are not new, but have been followed for centuries, all that I am doing is listing them for you!
Oatmeal is the perfect breakfast in the winters – a bowl of piping hot oatmeal. Did you know that oatmeal is not just easy to make but also packed with nutrients and phytochemicals. A bowl of oatmeal keeps you high on the energy levels and also stops you from snacking because it is so filling. Looking for a variety? Add a cup of chopped fresh fruits or a fistful of dry fruits.
Honey is known to be a good source of antioxidants and is a natural sweetener. It has antimicrobial properties that take care of your health in the winters making it a perfect option to add in the cup of green tea instead of sugar! Just be careful of the intake because when taken in the same proportion as sugar, it contains more calories.
Oh yes you read that right! Dark chocolates are rich in antioxidants and if you are on a diet, consume dark chocolate in small amounts to satisfy those sweet cravings. And the good part is that you would not have consumed many calories either!
Eat loads of fruits
Eat a lot of citrus fruits that are rich in Vitamin C that not just lowers the bad cholesterol but also enhances your immunity.
- There are a variety of oranges available in the market in this season. Include it in your diet. Did you know that Vitamin C helps to the keep the cold and flu at bay?
- A pomegranate is another fruit that is packed with antioxidants and it helps to improve the blood flow and it is especially useful in the cold when the weather is known to constrict blood vessels that can be one of the causes of a heart attack.
- Apples are rich in fibre and antioxidant properties helps to keep the colds and flu at bay.
- Guavas are known to contain calcium, iron, fibre, potassium and more! The best part? One guava contains about 60 calories in one serving, so not only are you getting the nutrients, but also a healthy food intake.
Use a generous amount of spices
Use warming spices that will help you reduce inflammation, keep your body warm and build up the immunity levels.
- Include herbs like garlic that contains antiviral and antibacterial properties because of the compounds – allion and allicin present in it.
- Warming spices like cinnamon helps to control the blood glucose levels.
- Other herbs and spices like coriander, nutmeg, cloves are turmeric also help to improve the immune system in the winter season.
- Juice of raw ginger when mixed with organic honey is an excellent way to keep the flu at bay.
What is your favourite winter food? Drop in a comment and let me know!
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