Relish Seasonal Winter Produce
This article is authored by Dr. Shweta Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.
Blustering winds, comforting warm sun, cosy blankets, hot chocolate and the holiday season. Winter can be rather fun. With some planning and a little bit of creativity, you can make sure that stay healthy in winters by eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, packed with nutrients and flavour.
Winter prides itself on quite a few seasonal delights. Citrus fruits brighten up your smoothie recipes, seasonal spinach adds a wonderful colour to your palak paneer and sweet potato in the undhiyu is absolutely divine!
Here are winter foods that should be a part of your diet. Tuck into these fruits and vegetables this winter.
Carrots: Full of beta carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body, carrots help in keeping eyes and skin healthy, and strengthen the immune system. They also proffer loads of vitamin C and lutein, which have powerful antioxidant activity.
Kidney beans: While rajma chawal features on our menus throughout the year, thanks to dried kidney beans, winter offers an opportunity to try rajma in the fresh form. Fresh rajma is chiefly seasonal, it has rather sweet undertones, with a distinct taste, and a buttery flavour. The nutritional value of these beans is significantly high. The cholesterol-lowering fibre along with the vitamin B-complex and vitamin C make it a nutrient-dense food. The fibre also ensures that the blood sugar levels stay well stabilized. Enjoy the fresh rajma in winters and stock up on unpolished Tata Sampann Rajma which offers similar benefits for the rest of the year.
Fresh mustard greens: A nutrient powerhouse, sarson leaves are full of vitamins and minerals. Mustard greens contain energy-enhancing, disease-fighting and heart-healthy nutrients - calcium, iron, folic acid, magnesium, and vitamin K. The leaves have a delicious, peppery bite and are available for about 2 months in a year. Paired with makki di roti, sarson da saag is a quintessential comforting winter meal.
Orange: A glass of fresh orange juice is an immediate energy booster. Packed with vitamin C, this citrus fruit is tangy and sweet! The vitamin C in oranges boosts your immune mechanism and helps you stay away from cold, flu, ear infections and other inflammatory diseases during the winters. The potent antioxidants play a vital role in tackling free radical activity. The generous amounts of vitamin C in oranges give you a youthful and radiant skin and help slow down the signs of ageing.
Strawberry: Called a superfood, strawberries are tangy and sweet treats containing amazing natural goodness! The robust antioxidants and vitamins A and C in strawberries give your immunity a boost and help slow down the ravages of ageing.
Each season has its marvellous produce which you can enjoy for a couple of months every year. Each season proffers fruits and vegetables that help us deal with seasonal health problems. Ensure you pick seasonal fruits which are available locally and use natural, unpolished and whole ingredients and spices along with them to prepare healthy meals this winter.
The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods, Dr. Murray and Dr. Pizzorno.
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