Friday, November 13, 2015

Winter is coming: Just add these food items to your diet

Ginger and honey are rich in antibacterial properties while nuts are a good source of vitamins and fibre. (Source: Thinkstock)Ginger and honey are rich in antibacterial properties while nuts are a good source of vitamins and fibre. (Source: Thinkstock)
Are freezing cold hands and feet your constant companions during winters? Are you constantly struggling to keep yourself warm? Do you fall sick often during this season? If your answer to all of the above is yes, then it’s time you took our advice.
Winter is not just about layering yourself up. It’s also about keeping your body warm. But do you really know what to include in your diet?
CyberChef food specialist Shilpa Gupta shares a list of five foods you should definitely include in your diet:
Ginger: Ginger reduces high cholesterol level and hence is the best choice to keep the body fit during winters. With its antibacterial properties, it is also helpful in treating cough and cold that is quite common during this season. It can be chewed raw daily or can be added to soup or any other dishes to enhance the flavour.
Honey: It is instrumental in combating cold, flu or cough during winter. Even if it is sweet, honey doesn’t add calories and is also beneficial in keeping the body warm.
Nuts: A variety of nuts like peanuts, walnuts and almonds is the best source of good cholesterol, vitamins, fibre and Omega-3 fatty acids. They make for essential snacking during winters, as they are naturally hot food items.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon is a wonderful spice to shield you from the dipping temperatures. Add it to any cooked dish or to soup and salad to add flavour or use it while making warm beverages like tea.
Garlic: Its antibacterial properties keep one away from the common winter diseases like cold, cough and throat irritations. It keeps the cholesterol level in check, thus aiding good health during winters. One can have three to four garlic cloves daily or add it to cooked dishes for a flavoursome meal.
Source : Indian Express

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