As bad as it can get, winters may bring about the worst of you where you tend to enjoy the sluggish lifestyle. Thus, it is very important to prepare in advance to beat the cold-weather blues, and stay healthy and snug. Founder and Director at Gaia, Dolly Kumar – an eminent entrepreneur and a fitness enthusiast, shares 5 tips for healthy eating this winter.
Most of us enjoy the cold weather where we get to feel comfy in our warm blankets, and cover with layers and layers of woollens, and of course wear those favourite mittens and boots. The feeling is just so cosy! But winter also brings with it craving and overindulgence in calorie-laden foods. This can make you very unhealthy in the longer run. Fret not, here’s a list of health foods to-must-indulge-in this winter, and stay healthy and warm.
Whether summers or winters, veggies are always must! But consuming vegetables might get tricky as cold weather inhibits the growth of various crops and most of the vegetables have already vanished from the market. But root vegetables like carrots, beets, potatoes, and turnips can endure the cold. On top of this, they are a rich source of Vitamin A and C. Whether roast them, mash them or make soups, consuming root vegetables with help you withstand the cold.
Who doesn’t like a bowl of spicy oatmeal this season? Experts agree that a daily consumption of a bowl of oatmeal can help lower blood cholesterol level. High in fiber and protein, oats are also good for your heart. With a combination of different vegetables and spices, Masala Oats and Vegetable Oats are flavoursome as well as a healthy way to kick-start your day. Not just a breakfast cereal, it can be served at any time of the day. So kick away the winter hunger with a hot and nutritious bowl of oatmeal and stay fuller for longer!
Green Tea – a super drink is your perfect winter beverage. Rich in anti-oxidants, particularly epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG, its fat burning properties can help in weight loss and lower the risk of obesity. It helps regulate blood sugar level and fight stress & fatigue. Green Tea is also beneficial when you have a sore throat. With health benefits so numerous, Green Tea is definitely the best drink for you this season.
Soups are the best winter food. But remember not all soups are healthy and if you are opting for something like potato soup, cheese soup or even the so-called ‘healthy’ ready-made soups for that matter, would do little to boost your immunity. Instead, try home-made versions using various seasonal vegetables.
Cold and sore throat are common problems during this season. Honey is proven to have a soothing effect on the sore throat. Grate half a ginger, add a spoonful of Multifloral Honey and there you are! You have the perfect home-made remedy for a sore throat. A rich source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, it is a great substitute for sugar. It is also cholesterol-free and sodium-free. A spoonful of Multifloral Honey in warm water is one of the perfect ingredients to solve many of your health problems; helpful in case of high blood pressure, blood purification, etc. to name a few.