Winter means big, scrumptious, warm and hearty meals. From the famous sarson ka saag to our favorite gajar ka halwa, winter really makes our mouths water with its signature delicacies. However, a problem still exists that these delicious foods will affect our fitness and weight goals. Regularly enjoying delicious food can make us gain unnecessary weight and disturb the balance of the body.
But don’t worry, good food doesn’t always affect your fitness goals. Yes, you can stimulate your taste buds while staying healthy! Below, we’ve rounded up five delicious ingredients that will help satisfy your cravings and support your fitness goals this winter.
(Also read: Top Ayurvedic winter foods for your diet this season)
Sweeten it with jaggery:
Winter is known for its desserts and warm hawas. You can enjoy these desserts using a healthier sweetener instead of white sugar. Palm sugar is a great substitute that can be used to sweeten things up this winter. Palm sugar, in addition to being a natural sweetener, also has warming properties that will keep you away from the cold in the cold winter. It also aids digestion, improves glucose control and aids weight loss, thus making it the perfect addition to your winter recipes.
Ghee is the key:
Ghee is a variation of Indian butter known for a number of healthful and medicinal properties. Adding a spoonful of buttermilk to your meals can help you retain much-needed moisture in your body and support the overall look of your skin and hair. It is also known to keep the body warm in winter. Furthermore, recent studies have also found buffalo milk to be helpful in weight loss. It also promotes good gut and heart health. Best of all, it adds palatability to your meals, thus making the perfect addition to your winter meal.
Mushrooms are heavily advertised in the winter and rightly so. Their delicious taste and several uses make them extremely worthy of appreciation from everyone. Mushrooms are low in calories and high in protein and fiber, which promotes better digestion, muscle building, and weight loss. They are also packed with antioxidants that help add a youthful appearance. Finally, they help prevent the possibility of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Green is the queen:
It goes without saying that winter is best known for its abundance of seasonal vegetables. The characteristic green leafy vegetables of winter foods are high in antioxidants and rich in essential vitamins and minerals. They are also a good source of iron, calcium and fiber, and are remarkably low in calories. Regularly eating green leafy vegetables reduces the risk of high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular diseases and obesity, making them a must-have these winters.
Make green vegetables part of your daily meal
Enjoy the warmth of winter potatoes:
Sweet potatoes are winter potatoes. These delicious potato dishes are best eaten hot in the cold season and therefore work to keep the body warm from the inside. They are a rich source of antioxidants and fiber, which help aid digestion, prevent damage to body and mind, promote a healthy gut, and prevent obesity and metabolic problems. They are also rich in potassium, which is important for regulating sodium levels in the body and thus helping with water retention problems.
Our body needs different nutrients depending on its environment. As the world around us becomes increasingly cold and dry, we need to make up for the lost warmth and moisture through lifestyle changes. Thanks to nature, we have a wide variety of seasonal and always green foods that can keep us away from the cold and enjoy good health. Five superfoods that can help you reach your fitness goals this winter have been discussed within the scope of this article.
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