6 healthy Indian foods that keep you warm during winters

TNN | December 10, 2016
6 healthy Indian foods that keep you warm during winters

1/76 healthy Indian foods that keep you warm during winters
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As the temperature continues to drop down, so does our energy level. When you’re exposed to freezing temperatures over a period of time, your metabolism slows down to conserve energy and heat. At times like these, a walk down the stairs or standing in the kitchen for an hour may not actually end up helping you.
Since the holiday season is round the corner, we usually have rich foods that not only fill our stomach but also our weight. Following are a variety of healthy Indian foods that you can match with your workouts to keep in shape:

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Dried fruits and nuts

2/7Dried fruits and nuts
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Many of us have warm milk with cereals in the mornings to charge up the rest of our day. To keep your body warm during the day, you can add nuts like almonds, walnuts and pistachios to your breakfast table. To give a twist to your normal cereal or warm milk with dalia (porridge) or oats, try and add dried fruits like apricots, raisins and figs.

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Pepper, Fenugreek and Hing

3/7Pepper, Fenugreek and Hing
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Indian food is known to be rich due to its array of spices in every meal. Some of the common spices that can help you stay in shape and offer a delicious meal are mustard, asafetida (Hing), black pepper, fenugreek, cumin seeds and dill seeds. Catching a flu or cold during winter is common. Research shows that hot liquids such as vegetable or chicken soup can help you with keeping your flu or cold at bay. Hot liquids speed up the process as seasonings of onions and pepper travel in the vapour and help to open up nasal passages. Other than this, adding dry fenugreek to your rotis and dals for lunch or dinner, can give you not only an appetizing meal but also generate warmth in the body.

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Tulsi and ginger

4/7Tulsi and ginger
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Nothing beats the winter chill like a hot cup of tea with Tulsi (basil) and ginger. In Indian tradition, Ayurveda has denoted Tulsi as the holy basil due to its multiple benefits. Tulsi has anti-bacterial, anti-biotic and anti-viral properties that helps in keeping the body healthy. You can add this versatile herb not only in your teas, but also in your salads and dips. On the other hand, ginger seeds can be used in diverse ways from teas to food to having raw ginger if you have bad throat.

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Root vegetables and leafy greens

5/7Root vegetables and leafy greens
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Carrots, onions, spinach, green beans, amaranth are some of the varieties that can help you stay both healthy and warm this winter. These foods are loaded with rich sources of nutrients like beta-carotene and vitamin C. Adding them to your dals, vegetables and soups can benefit you with an assortment of food that compliments your fitness routine.

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Whole grain cereals and pulses
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