Winter has its effects on beauty and fashion. We revamp our wardrobes just as the winters approaches and even change our beauty regimes with the onset of winters. But nothing compares to the beauty that comes from within. So when winter comes, you need a healthy diet too make you look and feel fabulous. As there are changes in the energy levels, metabolism and food preferences in winters, our body requires certain nutrients differently than the usual. We have a curated list of food items that you can include in your winter diet to looking and feeling good, like you should.
7 Winter-Specific Foods To Include In Your Diet
1. Vitamin-D Rich Foods
The direct source of Vitamin D as we all know is the Sun. but the harsh temperatures in the winters often restricts us from taking the sun rays directly. So finding the alternative sources of Vitamin D becomes the need of the hour. Vitamin D also boosts the moods which may be sometimes required during seasonal festivities. Mushrooms, salmon, egg yolk, cereals, milk and red meat are great sources of Vitamin D.
2. Dairy Products
Milk and other dairy products like yoghurt, curd, cheese, paneer are excellent foods for the winters. Dairy products are a rich source of Vitamins B12 and A, calcium, proteins, which boosts health. Drinking warm milk is also an excellent way to keep yourself warm and away from colds in winters.
3. Broccoli And Cauliflower
Broccoli and cauliflower are both great sources of Vitamin C which enhances immunity which is specifically needed in winters. So in order to stay away from the cold winters and to avoid falling ill, broccoli or cauliflower can be consumed by adding to soups or salads.
4. Root Vegetables
As the tubers and root vegetables withstand the cold weather, fresh vegetables can be easily available in the market. A rich source of Vitamin A and C and beta-carotene, these tubers can be eaten raw, boiled or added to any preparations and consumed in abundance.
5. Whole Grain Cereals And Pulses
Whole grain cereals and pulses such as rava, whole-wheat flour, moong dal etc. are high energy boosters and provide the required warmth to combat extreme cold conditions. There are numerous Indian household preparations like rava halwa, bajra rotis, makai parathas which are ideal for the winters.
An easy-to-make breakfast recipe, oatmeal is not just a convenient way of breakfast but also provides the essential nutrients in winters. Oatmeal can be spiced up with nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom and other spices which can be a great enter flavour. Oatmeal are rich in zinc, which is a great immunity booster and fibre which is vital for good heart health.
7. Dried Fruits
Dates are warm in nature and recommended to be consumed in the winter months. Enriched with fibre, calcium, vitamins, magnesium, dates are also a source of energy. Almonds, nuts and other dried fruits contain proteins, Vitamin E and B and minerals such as zinc, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium, have a positive impact on health in winters.
We hope you include these nutritional foods in your diets, this winter season.