Warming Foods For Cold Weather
By eating more warming foods on cold days you’ll find it easier to stay warm, and you will be surprised at the difference it can makes.
Staying warm in cold weather doesn’t mean you have to warming up to a large heating bill. Nothing beats out a warm meal in a cold day. Crank up your inner furnace with some warming foods and beverages. And so, what kinds of warming foods should you eating during cold weather? Here are some excellent ideas to start:
Curry – an ingredient that helps spice foods, tend to be warming. Examples may include vegetable curry or Thai curry. You don’t have to be a chef to learn how to add curry to your diet. Curry in scrambled eggs is excellent. Curry also tastes good when mixed with potato soup and other delights. Consider investing in a cookbook that teaches you fun and simple recipes you can adopt to help warm your body during the coldest months of the year.
Chili – chili is among the simplest foods to cook. It doesn’t matter whether you are a vegetarian or a meat lover, you are bound to find a chili recipe you love. For the most part, chili is nothing more than some beans, vegetables and if you like, some form of meat mixed together and then spiced with various ingredients. If you don’t want to make your own chili sauce you can buy small packets for pennies at the grocery store. You can make big batches of chili and freeze some to use later, for those extra cold days you need a lift.
Tea – Tea and other warm drinks are helpful for warming the soul during the cold. You can also enjoy other hot drinks like coffee, just be sure to eat something with your coffee so the acid doesn’t upset your stomach. Hot chocolate is another popular and tasty choice. You can even sip warm water with a splash of lemon to help cleanse your body and keep you warm during the cold days.
Cayenne – Cayenne is occasionally used in dieting products. Why? It heat the body. Cayenne may help boost your metabolism and may help keep the blood in your body circulating as well. There are many types of foods you can add cayenne spice to. If you prefer less spicy foods, you can actually get cayenne in a capsule at most health or herbal food stores.
Peppers – You don’t have to down a bowl full of jalapenos to stay warm (unless you want to). However, you can add a blend of various peppers to help add to the flavor of your main dishes and help warm your body. Peppers taste great with chicken, Thai or stir-fry dishes, in vegetable soups, with stews, in chili and more. Experiment with peppers and see what you like. You can even dice them and add them to hamburger mix to make a mighty hot meatloaf!
Here is another fun and helpful tip. You may already do this, but in case you don’t here is some good advice.
When you cook foods in your oven, leave your oven open to let heat escape into a room and provide instant relief from a chilly breeze or cold hands and feet. Certainly you’ve opened your freezer or refrigerator more than once during hot summer months to “cool down” haven’t you? The same concept applies to your oven. Stand next to any heat source, and you are likely to enjoy and reap the benefits of a quick warm.
The healthier and warmer foods you eat, the more likely you are to combat colds and other illnesses, which can contribute to feelings of cold or loss of heat. Create a list of your top warming foods, and make sure you have them readily available for times when the weather turns cold.