Foods for the Frost

November 15, 2010
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Winters have coldly embraced us and anything that has a warm effect is solacing.  Binging and drinking become an additional delight with comestibles such as crispy garlic bread tossed with cheese whilst being convulsed by chilly breeze.
Foods are directly related to the seasons and probably that’s the reason why our elders always suggest choosing seasonal fruits and vegetables. With the same background I did a quick research to acquaint you with foods that are capable of shielding us in winters.  So read on and get the grub that will warmly wrap you this winter.



Fruits and Vegetables:


 Leafy green vegetables: Vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, turnip green and spinach are low in calories and high on energy. They are extremely rich in dietary fibre, folic acid, vitamins, potassium, magnesium and other important phytochemicals. What more, winters bring along a profusion of fresh vegetables and are the perfect season to relish the same.

Carrot: Get beautiful skin, hair and nails by adding carrots to your diet. It lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. Carrot juice is a health concoction and prevents many infections. It’s rich in fibre and improves eye sight. It cures insomnia too.

Sweet Potato: Not only does the hot roasted sweet potato make for a great winter snack, it is extremely healthy. Rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C, it is a very good anti oxidant that helps remove toxins and harmful free radicals. People with low blood pressure and diabetes should add it to their diet.

Oranges: This luscious fruit is loaded with vitamins, especially vitamin C. It acts as a defence against colds, bronchitis, asthma, tuberculosis, arthritis, pneumonia and other diseases that engulf us especially in winters.

Apples: One fruit that is synonymous to the cold yet sunny winters is apple. A visit to sweet smelling apple orchards is a delight in this season. They are not only rich in iron but also flavonoids and fiber. ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away.’ Need we say more?

Grapes: Called the ‘queen of all fruits’, grapes are in flavonoids and a good source of energy. They relieve constipation, skin and liver related disorders. They fight against viruses and help in reduci8ng blood clots and platelet clumping.





                                                                        Nuts:


Peanuts: Widely produced in India, peanuts contain high amounts of protein which makes them highly energetic. Peanuts are an excellent source of Coenzyme Q10 which shields the heart during the period of lack of oxygen (like in high altitudes) and clogged arteries. They are also good anti oxidants.

Almonds: Rich in Vitamin E, almonds make up for the rough winters by keeping our hair and skin healthy and supple. They protect against respiratory problems in winters.

Cashews: Cashews provide the body with much needed heat and energy in winters. They are rich in magnesium and calcium, supporting healthy muscles and bones.

Walnuts: These are known to be the richest source of anti-oxidants. It reduces bad cholesterol and takes care of our heart.



Herbs and Spices:



Cinnamon: The sweet, aromatic flavour of cinnamon perfectly blends with almost all kinds of foodstuff but what makes it further special is its quality to fight colds, nausea, diarrhoea, and painful menstrual periods. It increases energy levels, vitality and circulation.
-Top your toast with honey and cinnamon or sprinkle it in your coffee and tea.

Cardamom: This spice is popular for its invigorating aroma. It also helps in detoxification and -digestion. It’s a warm spice and is beneficial for those suffering from sore throat, asthma or bronchitis.

Cloves: Cloves are excellent source of manganese, calcium and magnesium.  They have an antispasmodic characteristic and can be applied to alleviate muscle spasms. It has a warming effect and can cure headache, cough, hay fever and respiratory infections.

Ginger: We all know about its warm character but it is also one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory substances known. It can cure arthritis, dizziness, migraine, headaches, and various digestive problems. It has anti viral properties and helps fight sickness.

Garlic: One of the best panaceas, for sinus sufferers, for this spice has anti-cold properties. It has antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal, and antiprotozoal properties. Have garlic at first signs of cold and see it vanishing.

Chilli Peppers: These hot- hot chilli peppers can be additionally beneficial in winters. Research has proven that they can provide relief for migraine and sinus headaches. The pepper heat also helps to stimulate secretions that aid in clearing nasal congestion.

Sesame seeds: These seeds are known for providing the body with much needed heat after digestion. Sweets made with sesame seeds are very popular in winters.

Mint: What gives you a cooling freshness in summers has its own benefits in winters. Have a cup of mint tea and get relief from nose congestion and sore throat. Mint also comforts in fever.

Chamomile: The ultra relaxing herb makes for a great relaxant. Before you hit the bed try a cup of chamomile tea and let it heal you while you dream.











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4 Comments

  • Reply Vineet November 18, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Very good compilation of timely information.

  • Reply Shagun November 18, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Thank you.. 🙂

  • Reply Anonymous November 18, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Nice presentation, timely information and quite relevent for herbivorous and others.

  • Reply Shagun November 18, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Thanks so much. Well herbivorous yes.. just as the blog says Vogue and Vegan, it promotes vegetarian.
    🙂

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