For majority of people, cold months can be hard on health.
For others, chilly outdoors makes exercise difficult and passive activities take the forefront; like watching television and reading.
Fortunately, nature has its own way of keeping the body warm. Heat can be generated from within the body as well as from food that raises the body’s temperature to help it cope. The body needs to burn more calories to keep warm and hence there is a need to eat more.
However, certain foods have a more warming effect than others. Check them out..and obviously where to get them!
Thai food is known for its enthusiastic use of fresh (rather than dried) herbs and spices. Common flavors in Thai food come from garlic, galangal, coriander, shallots, pepper, kaffir lime and, of course, chilies perfect for this cold season!
Mustard, asafoetida (hing), black pepper, fenugreek, ajwain and suva (dill) seeds are all warm spices found in Indian cuisine. Mustard, ajwain and suva seeds are a valuable remedy for winter coughs and flu, stimulating appetite and digestion and increasing blood circulation. Methi (dry or sprouted) is very beneficial in bone and joint problems that surface more in winter. Turmeric, especially the fresh light and golden yellow variety (resembles ginger), is a potent anti-microbial immunity builder. Shall we go on?
A cup of hot chocolate in my favourite mug brings me comfort and seems to make everything better. Want to fight off the chill? Take a breather, stop time for a moment and make yourself a cup of hot chocolate.
Now who doesn’t love some hot steaming,cheesy pizza? Even the cold isn’t a good enough excuse to indulge in this Italian delight!
It’s a cold and gloomy Saturday..
Maybe you are hungover or maybe you are battling a terrible flu.
Don’t have much in your fridge but are want some warm and delicious comfort food? We have just the idea for you- have some soup!