Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Foods Not to Skip This Winter !!!

Foods Not to Skip This Winter  - Nuts & Dried Fruits

The nip in the air would tell you that it is time for that extra preparation. Come November and you would take out the woollens, scarves and gloves gearing up for the winter chill.

So, as you prepare on the outside, you may also like the body to be prepared from the inside. This would require certain not-to-be-missed foods in your winter diet. Let’s have a look:

1. Oranges
You would need these and loads of them. Rich in Vitamin C, oranges consumed whole or in the form of juice help build immunity against common cold and cough. Keeping a good stock of oranges may not require you to depend on antibiotics.

2. Spinach
This load of green is possibly the most awaited gift of the season. Spinach adds that dash of taste and health to your diet and is an extremely nutritious green vegetable. You can even get a little creative with the preparation, so as to not let the food get boring.

3. Peanuts
Fried, salted, or plain, peanuts are a must-have for the winters. The sugary ‘chikki’ that you may find in the local market should be kept handy. Peanuts in every form are a welcome food for body heat and proteins.

4. Guava
This one is not just good for the metabolism but also for the heart. The elements of raw guava are found to contain lycopene that works well in preventing artery problems. Pink and juicy guavas should make the winter shopping list.

5. Carrots
Probably one of the only gifts of nature that is rich in more than one form of Vitamin, carrots complete your body’s requirement of vitamins B, C, D, E and K, while the carotene gets converted to Vitamin A later. It is no wonder that a plate of heartily made ‘gajar ka halwa’ is to die for.

6. Kiwi
This exotic fruit is another rich source of Vitamin C. A pinch of salt added to freshly cut kiwis may make for a grand entry to your breakfast or evening tea time. Furthermore, this may become a sweet addition to a variety of winter salads.

7. Chicken Soup
We know you love it, so just go ahead and make this an absolute necessity for the winter palate. A piping hot bowl full of chicken soup is best known to drive away the chill of dreadful winters.

8. Cocoa
A mug of brimming hot cocoa does not just sound wonderful, but can work wonders for your winter diet too. Cocoa is known to help the cardiovascular functioning of the body since it is a food rich in flavonoids. So, keep a tin of drinking cocoa for a sip after each sumptuous meal.

9. Nuts & Dried Fruits
Dried fruits are known to retain a large amount of the nutritious quotients of fresh fruits. Therefore, they are essential providers of nutrients in the absence of their fresher counterparts. Together with other nuts, they up the quality of diet and their regular consumption, especially in winter, helps combat risks to health.

The above list is sure to keep you hearty and healthy during this winter. So, make sure you skip none of these food items and enjoy a healthy winter!

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