It’s not long before you will reach out for that warm stole, that heavy cardigan, that pashmina shawl…depending on whichever part of the country you are in. Winter’s just around the corner and during the cold chilly months of winter you want nothing more than to curl up in front of the television with a plate full of piping hot food. The test lies in maintaining the balance between calorie laden comfort food and maintaining good health. Here are five ingredients which do just that for you this winter.
Go green – Fresh greens are definitely one of the must-haves during winters. Most greens are loaded with Vitamins C, K and folate, iron and anti-aging pigments. Moreover veggies like spinach, mustard greens, amaranth, fenugreek leaves, dill leaves are all fabulously fresh during the winters and you do not want to miss out on these. Use mustard leaves to make the all-time favourite sarson ka saag or make a Sindhi sai bhaji using a mix of these greens to keep warm, healthy and satisfied this winter.
Eggetarian – Sunday ho, ya monday roz khao ande – this may or may not hold true during the hot summer months (given the yo-yoing egg health reports), but in winters you can, in fact should make eggs a part of your daily diet. One egg contains 6 grams of protein and all the necessary amino acids, besides naturally occurring vitamin D, Vitamins A and B, iron and calcium. An egg, including both the yolk and the white are a great way to keep the body warm and healthy through winter!
Potato Power – Potatoes have a bad reputation for being white starch, often categorized along with white bread and white rice, but unlike these, potatoes are natural whole foods that contain several nutrients that are beneficial to our bodies. Being high in starch content, potatoes especially when eaten with the skin also contain good amounts of fibre and help keep warm and active inside when it cold and lazy outside! Besides being a good source of potassium, lowering blood cholesterol and maintaining bone health, potatoes are also great for your eyes, skin and hair.
Radish is so ‘rad’ – There is a popular Chinese proverb that says – Eat pungent radish and drink hot tea, let the starved doctors beg on their knees” You need to do just that to stay warm and healthy this winter. It helps fight cold and cough, has anti-ageing properties, promotes weight loss and keeps your hair glossy. If delicious mooli da parantha with a cup of masala chai does not make the cut for you, try a Mixed Salad with Sumac that makes the best of the benefits of radish. You can also try a creamy dip with hung curd and pureed radish and garlic. Add parsley and finely chopped bits of radish for the extra bite!
Fruit n Nut - Dried fruits and nuts are something that is always stocked in our kitchen cabinets. Grind these to make a masala milk and have it warm before bed time for a good night’s sleep. Being a great source of energy, it is never a bad idea to munch on a few nuts for an instant pick me up too. Dried fruits like almonds, dates, pistachios and dried figs are good for the heart, fight anemia and work wonders for your skin and hair than any beauty product.
With this list of ingredients in place, we make life easier with a bunch of winter recipe that will warm you inside out.
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