Winter is around the corner, sure it is the season of Christmas and New Year but it is also the beginning of Diwali which means all of us will be breaking our diet plans to binge eat a little sweet and namkeen here and there!
Always make sure to have a healthy balance and proportion in whatever you choose to eat. While winter can make us feel lethargic and we might feel hungrier in order to maintain body heat, we might end up gaining a lot more weight along with it.
Moreover, it is also important to eat healthy in winter to escape the common cold and viral that winter brings along with itself. When you eat healthily, you also make your immune system healthy enough to fight diseases.
Here are a few tips to help you get through winter with healthy and tasty food, brought to you by Dietician Priyatama Srivastava – the best dietician in Gurgaon and Delhi NCR.
In order to prevent flu which is common in winter, one needs to make sure that they keep themselves hydrated as well as have food from time to time. The best part about an Indian kitchen is that everything in it is a health booster! When you use Indian condiments like black pepper, turmeric, clove, etc you aid in creating health and warmth for your body. You can either add these to your water and sip it through the day or add them as garam masala to spice up your meals.
Childhood winter mornings were all about soaked almonds and walnuts that our moms gave us before rushing off to school. Winter is a season wherein the body activity remains on a low compared to other times hence it is important to try and be active. Having soaked almonds early in the morning or adding them to make your breakfast of oats or cereal as garnish will not only give you energy but also vitamins and minerals.
For any food lover, the best part about winters is the green leafy vegetables that everyone gets to have. Be it sarso ka saag or palak paneer there is something extremely delicious yet extremely healthy that green vegetables possess. Make sure you use the bhaaji season to a great extent for your health and don’t miss out on the Makki ki roti-Sarso ka saag combination.
Ghee is not your enemy so diet conscious people shouldn’t avoid it altogether. It is to be had in a considerable proportion as it makes the bones strong and healthy while also keeping you warm in winters. Gond on the other hand is an edible gum used in ladoos and pinni’s. Gond ladoos keep one warm during the winters and are loved by all. Jaggery is also a condiment that is sweet yet helps keep the body warm. It can be a lovely addition to have with Bajra rotis.
Making use of Indian herbs like ginger and garlic is an inevitable kitchen rule in our homes. Having tea with ginger and tulsi or making garlic chutney to have with khichdi, I am sure reading this must’ve awakened your taste buds craving the same.
Winter is the season of root vegetables like carrots and beets. Season vegetables of winter also include pumpkin. If you are not a fan of cooking these, you may have them as soup. Having soup in winter not only keeps you warm but also full for a long time. There are a lot of ways to make soup tasty so that you don’t miss out on the goodness of the seasonal veggies.
It is also advised that you skip comfort eating in winter. You will not even know how that “one extra chocolate” or “one last bite of noodles” will add to your body in an unhealthy manner.
While daylight hours are a lot less try to be as much out of bed as you can, when you push yourself to be active in winters your body doesn’t get affected by the season and nor does your diet. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to indulge in some Gaajar ka halwa!
For more information about living a healthy lifestyle through customised diet plans, get in touch with Dietician Priyatama Srivastava today.
Note: The foods and tips mentioned in this article are applicable to people who are not already on a professional diet plan. In case you’re following a weight loss diet plan, please consult your dietician before following the tips.