11 foods that can keep you warm this winter

Winter is coming and keeping in mind that we are enjoying the chilly weather after months of torturing summers, it is important for you to give your body the warmth it needs to fight the cool climate; else you may wind up spending your winters in bed with diseases. 

During winter when the temperature falls the digestion of the body slows down with the goal to conserve energy and keep the body warm. This is one of the major reason why we feel sleepy and lazy during winters. 

But, don't worry, here are 11 natural foods that can keep you warm as well as lift your energy levels to get you through the cool winters.

11 foods essential in winters to keep you warm:

1. Honey


Honey is warm in nature and its regular consumption helps in keeping the body warm. Honey is likewise useful for keeping cold, cough and flu under control as it strengthens the immune system. The World Health Organization (WHO) prescribes honey as a natural cough cure.

Take some honey in warm water or take directly (a spoon of honey) every day, before anything else to keep yourself warm. This is one of the reasons why during summers excessive consumption of honey is not advised.

2. Ghee


Desi ghee is a type of clarified butter which is easy to digest and which provide the body with the much-needed warmth. Ghee has many health benefits despite being tasty like, it helps in digestion, prevents constipation, increases immunity and protects the body against cold and flu. You can add a few drops of ghee in your food or you could cook your food in ghee.

 3. Ginger


Ginger has thermogenic properties (tending to produce heat) that help in keeping you warm during winters. It also helps in uplifting metabolism and promotes blood flow. Crush some ginger in a hot cup in the morning and you are good to go. Advice not to consume by people with diabetes, heart diseases and also by pregnant women. 

 4. Sesame seeds (Til) 

Sesame seeds
Sesame seeds

Sesame seeds are good to keep the body warm and are loaded with iron and calcium which strengthen the bones and muscles. You can soak some sesame seeds overnight and have them in the morning or you could mix jaggery and sesame seeds and make small balls and could have one every morning to keep yourself energized and warm. You can also use sesame seed oil for cooking to maintain your body temperature. 

One good source of sesame seeds is "Chikki" an Indian sweet dish which is popular during winters.

5. Amla 


Amla is considered to be among the richest sources of vitamin C. Amla is very good for liver, digestion, skin, hair, and controls acidity, blood sugar, and cholesterol. Amla is one of the major ingredients in Chyawanprash taken during winters. One can take amla in form of Chutney, powder or amla cooked in sugar syrup taken every day during winters to improve immunity.

6. Eggs


Eggs are termed as a 'superfood' for a reason. Eggs are in huge demand during winters. They are a powerhouse of energy and are also rich in proteins and vitamins which help in keeping the body warm. Eggs are also rich with proteins which provide the body with essential nutrients.  

7. Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha plant

Ashwagandha is a herb that has a rejuvenating effect on the body. It is a natural stress buster and due to its warm effect,t its consumption is recommended in winters. A very popular Ayurvedic herb, which is used in many ayurvedic medicines and helps in curing sleep disorders and also improves immunity.

8. Tulsi

Tulsi plant

Tulsi is a plant which is very popular for its medicinal properties. It is rich in vitamin C, A, zinc, and iron which helps the body to fight cold borne diseases like cold, cough, sinus and other respiratory problems. Taking raw Tulsi leaves can boost your immunity and keep your body warm during the cold weather. 

9. Dry Fruits 

Dry fruits
Dry fruits

Dry fruits like almonds, cashew and raisins help to produce heat in the body. They also help in curing Anaemia (deficiency of red cells or of hemoglobin in the blood) and other diseases that are caused due to the deficiency of iron and vitamins. All you have to do is eat them raw or include them in your daily diet or milk. 

10. Mustard

mustard oil
Mustard oil

During winters food should be cooked in mustard oil as it not only elevates metabolism but also has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Mustards are rich with micronutrients like selenium, magnesium, zinc manganese, calcium and Omega 3 and are good for skin and hair. 

11. Root vegetables  

Root vegetables
Root vegetables

Root vegetables are the vegetables that grow below the soil, like radish, turnip, and sweet potatoes. Root vegetables keep the body warm as their digestion is slower which generates more heat. 

11 foods that can keep you warm this winter 11 foods that can keep you warm this winter Reviewed by Piyush Narayan on November 27, 2018 Rating: 5

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