Take care in Winters

Besides being a delight for our taste buds, food is one of the major factors having direct impact on our health. Especially when a particular season (summers/winter) is at peak, it’s advisable to be careful about the ingredients we intake so that it can help our body be strong and fight the extremities of climate. Fortunately, we belong to a country where a variety of seasonal foods are readily available. Also our ancestors have set a pattern of meals appropriate for a particular weather like makai ki roti and Sarson ka saag for winters. Not only this combination is extremely delectable, but gives warmth to our body and boosts its immunity because of all the antioxidants and nutrients present there.

The present generation loves variety and innovation. In no case, food lovers like me can thrive on just a few tried and tested combinations throughout a season. That is why I am looking for various combinations one can opt for meals in winters so that a trade off can be maintained between taste and health. Following are a few components one should include for distinct reasons so as to have a balanced diet.

1. Garlic: The herbal “wonder drug” is known for its benefits against cancer, heart diseases etc. and due to its warm tassir, one can consume it in winters adequately.

2. Spinach and other greens: Due to the antioxidants, vitamin A, C & K present in the greens, they act as anti ageing and anticancer agents. There are number of ways one can have them in daily meals.

3. Proteins: Proteins help our body to repair, regain and refuel itself. This can be consumed from various lentils, sprouts, soyabeans, cheese and yogurt.

4. Soups: Soups can become main meal by adding some extra carbohydrates and proteins in them. Adding seasonal vegetables boosts your soup’s vitamin, mineral and antioxidant content which helps ward off winter colds. With wise choices, soup can also help lower the risks of cancer and heart disease.

5. Millets: The extra fibre within these carbohydrates helps keep you warm. So one can have makai, bajra and jowar roti for variety.

6. Tomatoes: Tomatoes contain compounds that have been proven to help prevent cancer, heart disease cataracts and many others.

Health Benefits of Tomatoes

7. Mushrooms: Besides imparting flavor to the food, mushrooms are an excellent source of potassium, a mineral that helps lower elevated blood pressure and reduces the risk of stroke. It is also a rich source of other mineral that have cardio protective properties and cut the risk of prostate cancer.

8. Fennel (Saunf): Really good for the stomach and can be used as a digestive after meals.

9. Cinnamon (Dalchini): It has antibacterial and antifungal properties which help fight colds, flatulence, nausea, diarrhea, and painful menstrual periods. It’s also believed to improve energy, vitality, and circulation.

10. Honey: Honey is the most valuable food which is energy booster and immunity builder.

Health benefits of honey

So now I am in a process of identifying and trying out various fusions and combinations to keep my kitchen innovative these winters. Why not let the love for food be healthful too? I will be on posting all those combinations that I come across, your suggestions and opinions are cordially invited. Please share.

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