The Winter season proves to be one of the best weather for the Indian body. With India having more of a tropical climate, the last few months of the year has the temperatures dipping and rich availability of traditional super foods that are good for health and nutritious for the body. With some of them adding up to a fat content to the body during other seasons, it is favourable to consume these during the cold weather. It aids in digestion, proves for glowing skin and hair and works wonders for your overall health.
One of the most basic kitchen ingredients in every Indian home would be Ghee (Clarified Butter). It is a super food that is loaded with the right amount of butyric acid which is great for your gut health, healthy fat content for glowing skin and is surprisingly great for most lactose intolerant people too. Don’t refrain from adding that dollop of ghee to your meals.
- Dried-fruits & Nuts
These are the best source of energy, boosts your immunity and is great for your overall health. From walnuts to almonds and apricots to cashews, these dried fruits along with the nut family like pecan nuts, whole nuts, macadamia nuts, pine nuts and so on are heat generators for your body along with all the vitamins that they provide. They are superfoods for sure.
- Super Flours
For this winter, try ditch your usual wheat phulkas and instead indulge in these super flours that will do wonders for the body. Starting with Bajra that is high on fiber, potassium & iron and is best eaten during the cold season. Moving onto Makki which is loaded with Vitamin A, C, K and iron & is great for anemia patients. Thirdly, Ragi that is filled with calcium, is great for weight loss and is digested quickly. Try out these different flours & add them to your diet.
- Super Greens
Green is healthy. And anything leafy and edible is best for your body. From Tulsi (Holy Basil) to Hari Chai (Lemon Grass) and Pudina (Mint), all these ingredients are considered super healthy for a detox, aiding in good health for your nose and throat and tastes delicious as a hot beverage! You can add some Haldi (Turmeric) and Adrak (Ginger) as better immunity boosters to your power packed tea.
- Super Veggies
All your staple vegetables are good for health and should be consumed as a daily part of one’s diet. With winters come in better options like sweet potatoes, red carrots, red cabbages, radishes and Indian beans that are used to prepare delicious traditional recipes like Gajar Ka Halwa, Undhiyu, Makai Ki Roti & Saag and many more that could be relished with traditional ghee made at home.