When the weather is cold, eating or drinking something hot will increase the warmth. Baked noodle casseroles, potpies, freshly baked breads, hearty stews, soups and roasts tend to be significantly satisfying. An additional advantage of a home-cooked, hot meal is that the room — and sometimes the whole house — becomes warm. This makes the house feel more welcoming when the air outside is frigid. If you do not have time to spend preparing a meal, many recipes for roasts, soups and stews use a slow cooker, reducing hands-on work to about ten minutes. For a different take on “hot” foods, making your meals spicy can make you feel warmer as well.
A lack of sunlight, common in cold weather and cold climates, can cause “winter depression” in several people. This is also called S.A.D., or seasonal emotional disorder. Cravings for carbohydrate-rich foods are common once stricken by winter depression. Some people report feeling better during and after carbohydrate consumption. Instead of reaching for cake or cookies, select a healthier option — like complex carbohydrates. Some of the most effective choices for complex carbs embrace whole grain breads and pastas, brown rice, legumes, millet and whole oats.
Foods for hydration
In the cold, the very last thing on your mind is likely a glass of cold water or ice tea. However, you become dehydrated just as easily in cold temperatures as you do in warm weather. To combat winter dehydration, a cup of warm tea is a wonderful alternative. Drinking tea counts toward a healthy daily intake of eight 8-ounce glasses of water. Ginger tea could be a significantly good choice, as this spice naturally warms your body. If you do not enjoy ginger tea, any spiced tea may be a good substitute. Hot cider is another comforting, hydrating selection during cold temperatures. A cup or two of coffee is okay to drink but it doesn’t count toward your day’s water intake.
Foods with Healthy Fats
A layer of fat on your body acts as insulation to guard you from the cold, but that’s not why fat is very important during the winter. Your body uses fats to facilitate the absorption of vitamins A, E, K and D. vitamin deficiencies, particularly vitamin D deficiency, can contribute to depression and harm your health. Sunlight aids in vitamin D absorption, and most people get less sun when temperatures drop. Healthy fats to add to your diet include fish, nuts, nut butters, olives, avocados and curd. If you opt for pork, keep in mind that one serving is concerning three ounces and its consumption is best limited to 3 times weekly.