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Millets to jaggery: 5 desi superfoods to ease winter blues

To get rid of feeling uncomfortable and sluggish, eat these 5 energy boosting desi foods. They can keep you energized and prevent fatigue.
Millets are better than rice and wheat. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock
Hari Lakshmi Published: 2 Jan 2023, 12:30 pm IST
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In the winter season, the air is dry and chilly, leaving us fighting weather fatigue. The most effective way to do that is by modifying our diet and consuming the right kind of energy foods. This will not only keep us going throughout the day but also raise our immunity levels against the common cold and cough that tends to spread during the season.

Here are 5 energy foods to help you beat winter blues:

1. Ghee

Desi ghee or clarified butter is a warming food that is highly rich in fat. Not only is desi ghee the ultimate Ayurvedic superfood but also a medicine in some of its applications. High-quality A2 ghee provides immediate energy and heat to the body and keeps it warm and nourished. It is even great for the skin and prevents it from getting too flaky during the colder months. Ghee is one of the greatest energy foods as it helps to increase immunity and fortify your immune system. It is high in antioxidants and important fat-soluble vitamins. During the winter, switch to using ghee for cooking or add it to your roti, rice, or khichdi.

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Ghee is good for your health! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Millets

Millets such as Ragi and Bajra should be in your winter diet. Millets are loaded with a variety of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals and have a low glycemic index while still being high in fiber content. Having millets for lunch is an excellent choice. Giving our bodies enough nutrients to sail through a chilly afternoon. The best part is that millets are gluten-free making them easy for the gut to handle and digest. These rustic grains can be consumed in a variety of ways like roti and khichdi.

Also, read: Nosh on these 5 winter superfoods to improve digestion and immunity

3. Nuts

The best possible snack item to keep handy and munch on in between meals are nuts, especially during the winter months. However, be wary of eating too much nuts. Regular consumption of warm, heated nuts during the winter, among other things, ensures a functioning nervous system and promotes heart and mental health. Almonds and walnuts, for instance, reduce inflammation, regulate blood sugar levels, and cut bad cholesterol. Almonds are an excellent source of magnesium, vitamin E, and antioxidants, while walnuts are a fantastic supply of omega 3. If you want a quick snack, keep some nuts handy and have them in between meals.

Also read: 7 foods and drinks to avoid in winter to keep your health intact

4. Sweet potato

It’s time for a change if you haven’t cooked with this orange cousin of the common potato. Give shakarkandi or sweet potatoes (how to cook sweet potatoes) a try during the winter. It is commonly available across the nation, especially in the winter, and is nutrient-dense, and high in fiber, vitamin A, and potassium. You can have it boiled with milk or even roasted, and one piece is enough to provide a day’s worth of beta-carotene. It is good for developing a strong immune system and fulfils the body’s vitamin C requirements. Sweet potatoes are loaded with nutrients while having a low glycaemic index. This means that diabetics too can enjoy them.

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Sweet potatoes are good for diabetics too! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

5. Jaggery

Jaggery is a sugar substitute that is derived from sugarcane or palm tree juice. Compared to sugar and other sugar alternatives. Jaggery is known to keep our blood warm and pure, so eating jaggery in the winter is a smart idea. Also called ‘gud’, it is an ingredient in several Ayurvedic drugs and therapies as it has a heated potency that aids in providing the body with adequate warmth. Combining it with ginger, tulsi leaves, and other components can aid in the healing of sore throats, seasonal flu, cold coughs, and fever. Jaggery is also rich in iron making it a fantastic treat for anaemic people. Enjoy this earthy and sweet tasting treat this winter.

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About the Author

Hari Lakshmi is a consultant dietitian and nutritionist at Motherhood Hospitals, Alwarpet, Chennai. She completed her Bachelor's in nutrition, dietetics, and food service management from Anna Adarsh College, Chennai. She later went on to obtain her master's in Child Development and Child Nutrition from Justice Basheer Ahmed Sayeed College for women. She has a wide experience in counseling patients with a multitude of medical conditions during her stints at reputed hospitals in Chennai. She is passionate about working with children and works for NGOs in her free time taking part in the education of children at orphanages. Additionally, she also provides them with personnel hygiene and diet lessons as well and conducts many events to provide social support for the children at orphanages. Her special interest is in maternal and child nutrition. ...Read More

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