Foods to keep you warm this Winter!
So, Winter came and I think we can all agree that it was rather disappointing. But, that’s not the “Winter” I’m referring to. This season has us doing all sorts to make it through these Winter Olympics, from layering clothes to some of us even skipping baths because I’m sure most won’t admit but, water is the number one enemy at the moment. Chando chiri kunyatso ruma!
Since chirikuruma, we tend to bite and nibble on things that are not necessarily healthy but oh so satisfying and comforting, so here are a few tips on what to eat this Winter to keep you warm, full and healthy.
Fun fact! >>>There are certain foods that help in thermogenesis i.e the production of heat in a human or animal body caused by the metabolization of food. Sounds like a mouthful, I know, but these foods typically take longer to digest and aid in raising your body temperature which makes you then feel warmer. Such foods are high in healthy fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.
Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. They need more energy to move through the digestive, which raises your body temperature… a more affordable alternative to bread #ifyouknowyouknow
Start your day with a hot bowl of oats or other types of porridge. Oats are a great source of whole grains and fiber hence why you feel stuffed after having some…
Bananas have a lot of vitamin B and magnesium, which are important for your thyroid and adrenal glands to function properly. These glands help regulate body temperature. Bananas can also boost your mood and preserve your memory, among other health benefits.
Beef, lamb, and pork are a good source of iron which is vital in carrying oxygen throughout your body. Really cold hands and feet or easily feeling fatigued is a big sign of an iron deficiency. Red meat is also a great source of vitamin B12, which contributes to healthy nerves and a strong immune system.
Yes, stay away from the bottles! “A shot of brandy/whiskey keeps you warm”. You might feel a bit warm in the beginning but over time it might actually get harder to stay warm because alcohol actually lowers your body’s core temperature. It also decreases your ability to shiver which is your body’s natural mechanism to raise your body temperature.
Water in general, keeps the body functioning at its optimum and regulates the body’s internal temperature. Dehydration can lead to a drop in your core temperature and this can lead to hypothermia. Carry a water bottle everywhere you go.
But at the end of the day, just try to maintain a healthy, balanced diet, stay hydrated and you’ll be good to go!
Written by chloe