There are foods, and then there are superfoods – the ones that provide us with the most nutrients for the least amount of calories. Great, isn’t it? Clearly, these are great for achieving your weight loss goals, but also for overall health. The key to good health is seasonal foods, which are mainly found in a particular season. There are winter foods like carrots, oranges, millets etc. But what are winter superfoods? The answer is yes. In a recent post on Instagram, renowned nutritionist Rojuta Devikar shared a list of 10 superfoods you need to consume in winter. Let’s take a look at them one by one. But before that, let’s take a look at what superfoods are.
What are superfoods?
Superfoods are foods that are high in nutrient density, which means they are high in nutrients but low in calories. In general, they are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Some common superfoods include:
Green leafy vegetables
- Dark chocolate
Even just eating superfoods on a very healthy, poor overall diet will not guarantee your good health. For that, you need to focus on holistic nutrition with plenty of exercise and rest.
The 10 superfoods of winter are "from the tried and tested ways of our time.” "For good immunity, joint and bone health, good skin and hair, and much more, you should include superfoods in your diet this winter.”
- You should use millet, such as:
- A versatile grain, millet is rich in vitamin B, which is good for cell growth, vision and digestion.
- Millet is also high in fiber.
- It is good for muscle growth and regeneration.
- It is also very good for hair health.
- There are several ways to include this grain in your diet, such as porridge, chapatti, bhakri, ludo, etc.
Gond is a type of raisin that is widely used in wrestling.
- It is good for bones.
- It also helps in digestion.
- Gond is also known to increase sexual desire.
- You can eat the gum by rubbing it, gum water and sprinkling some sugar on it in roasted form.
Green leafy vegetables
Green leafy vegetables are a superfood in any season, so include them in your diet. During the winter, you can eat spinach (spinach), fenugreek (fenugreek leaves), mint (mint) and mustard (mustard).
- They are rich in antioxidants, thus helping your body fight free radicals.
- They are rich in fiber and also rich in vitamins.
- Leafy vegetables are also known for their anti-inflammatory properties, thus reducing irritation in the hands and feet.
- You can take these vegetables in the form of curry, or make raita with them. You can also add them to your lentils or make sauces from them.
Canned and root vegetables.
Include sugar (purple yam) and other root vegetables in your diet this winter.
- They contain prebiotics.
- Help with weight loss
- They are also good for digestion.
- Many root vegetables are eaten only by frying and sprinkling salt on them. However, you can also make salan and tikis with them.
Fruits widely available in winter include apples, pears, custard apples, apricots and more.
- They are rich in nutrients and fiber.
- Fluid-filled, these winter fruits provide hydration to the skin.
- You can eat them fresh and whole.
Sesame, or sesame, is widely used in winter.
- They are rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin E.
- It is good for bones, skin and hair.
- You can eat sesame seeds as a grinder, laddu and masala.
Peanuts are "one of the healthiest foods in the world.”
- It is rich in B vitamins, amino acids and polyphenols.
- It is good for heart health.
- You can eat them boiled or fried. Peanut butter is another delicious and healthy option. You can also eat them as a spice in curries and salads.
Although many people avoid eating ghee in their weight loss journey, this superfood is very good for health and should be eaten in winter.
- It contains essential fatty acids.
- It also makes it easier to absorb vitamins A, D, and E.
- Ghee also works to enhance the taste.
- You can cook your food in ghee. You can also spread it on chapatti.
Butter (white butter)
Homemade butter, or white butter, is another winter superfood you will definitely try.
- It is good for joint slippage and bone health, especially for stimulating WFH on the neck and spine.
- It reduces gas.
- It is also known for skin hydration.
- You can spread it on your bread and add it to lentils and greens.
Cleth is a type of bean known for:
- Prevention of kidney stones.
- Reduce bloating.
- A good source of protein, fiber and micronutrients.
- You can make prawns with it, or you can make soup and lentils with cleats.
Proper nutrition is key to a long and healthy diet. And if this winter, your goal is to achieve health and vitality, then you must include these super foods in your diet. Again, just eating it won’t work. You need to take care of your overall nutrition and be on top with these superfoods. Also, don’t forget to exercise and relax.