Winters are here, and we are all well aware that this season is particularly hard for our parents. Body aches, muscle stiffness, varicose veins, stroke, and even heart attacks are very much common in this season.
That’s because of the dip in the temperature, which impacts the blood flow in the body. That leads to immense stiffness in the joints and bones. And if they are less active or unfortunately bed-ridden, then this weather can make it even worse. This makes it all the more important to keep them cozy.
But we don’t want you to encourage them to sit before a heating device all day, because that’s not a good idea at all. There are other solutions too, and we are talking about different foods to keep them warm.
Let’s take a look at eight nutritious foods that you can help your parents stay healthy this winter:
It might be expensive but kesar or saffron is a wonder spice, especially in winter. Kesar consists of several compounds and minerals like potassium, iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc, etc., that work together, and keep us warm and protected from winter dryness. Kesar’s warm consistency protects us from winter.
“Your parents can consume it with warm milk,” recommends nutritionist Manisha Chopra.
Winters are the best time to nosh on nuts, as they won’t hurt your parents in any way. Nuts increase our body temperature and hence, they keep us warm during this season. Nuts like almonds, walnuts, cashews, pistachios and peanuts are beneficial to keep your parents warm. Also, the healthy fat that’s there in these nuts keeps their joints greasy, alleviating the stiffness in no time.
“Butternut squash is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and is a healthy way to keep your parents’ body warm during chilly winters. It also boosts immunity and helps in keeping the digestive system healthy,” says Ms Chopra.
If you need to manage your parent’s diabetes and weight, then sweet potato is the winter delicacy you must buy RN. It not just keeps them warm, but also offers various benefits. Sweet potatoes are known to increase the body temperature and hence, will keep your parents’ body warm on chilly days. They are high in potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C as well.
“Ginger is the best food to include in your parents’ meals, in order to make their bodies warm. Your parents can consume ginger tea. That is the best to have during winter mornings,” she suggests.
Garlic is one of the superfoods that you must include in your parent’s diet. It is extremely beneficial for your parents’ health, since it increases blood circulation, maintains blood pressure, and enhances the immune system.
Even studies have validated that be it summer or winter, eggs have a lot to offer for older adults. Eggs contain a lot of vitamins and proteins that will help your parents stay warm during winter and fight infections too.
“Chicken broth has warm consistency. It is nutritious enough to keep you full and warm on wintry days and nights. Plus, the protein in it will help in maintaining the bone density, which is great,” concludes Ms Chopra.
So you see, you can totally help your parents beat the winter chill without too much hassle!