Keep cozy this winter! And not just with comfy sweaters and thick blankets. The food you eat during the cold winter days can make a difference in your ability to keep warm and stay in a happy mood. Certain foods can boost your body temperature and energy levels.
Soups, Stews, & Chili
Who doesn’t love a warm, home-cooked pot of soup, stew, or chili? These are so simple to make, and one batch can last you for days. Trying to eat healthy but want to forego that salad for something heartier? A good soup requires only fresh veggies, lean meat, and spices, slow cooked or simmered to let all the flavors come together. It’ll warm you up and keep you feeling good about what you’re eating.
Seems simple, right? But sometimes obvious answers are overlooked. And not everyone likes hot beverages. But holding a warm mug of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate is like a small heater, and drinking the hot liquid gives you an instant warming sensation to relax you from the chilly air.
Imagine a nice, creamy bowl of oatmeal maybe with some brown sugar, cinnamon, blueberries, or bananas. Good for your body in more ways than one. Eating hot, whole grains gives you instant warmth along with the complex carbohydrates to give your body the energy and fuel it needs to keep warm. In addition to oatmeal, quinoa and brown rice are also great whole grain options to keep your body temperature up this winter.
Cinnamon & Other Spices
Cinnamon, along with other spices, has been proven to boost your metabolism which generates body heat. Try adding some more spices to your meals, even if it’s just a little bit sprinkled on top. Other spices to try include: cumin, coriander, turmeric, cloves, paprika, nutmeg, and allspice. You may even be using some of these now, not realizing there are actual benefits. These other spices are great for your soups, stews, and chili’s; as well as a spice rub for meats. Also try a little nutmeg in your hot chocolate for a flavor filled double dose of warmth!
Although it may be the least obvious contributor to you body’s warmth, ginger does, in fact, offer thermogenic properties. And there are many ways to incorporate fresh or ground ginger into your meals. Try using it in salad dressings, soups, cookies or muffins. You can also use it to make tea by putting thin slices or gratings from the fresh root into a mug of hot water, giving you instant warmth. Not only will it keep you warm, but it ginger has been known to boost your immune system, which can help battle those winter bugs.
We hope everyone is taking care of themselves and keeping warm this winter! If you don’t feel like cooking a meal, K&W is always happy to provide you with a delicious, home-style meal in the comfort of our dining room or we’ll pack it to-go. Either way, it’s sure to warm you right up.