Sometimes it's not enough to wear layers and layers of clothes to keep warm- it's just that cold! Here are some foods to help keep you warm from the inside out.
- Warm Foods
This is the most obvious one, but many people overlook it. Winter is the season to indulge in all of the warm foods that you don't normally eat or drink during the rest of the year.
Try out different kinds of soups and stews; you're likely to find one that you love, and the cold weather will make it even more enjoyable. Focus on things with tomato soup, because it is really good for warming your body.
This is also the best time to indulge in various hot drinks-- anything from hot chocolate to coffee to latte's to tea. There are dozens of variations on these three drinks, so you're bound to find something you'll love.
- Whole Grains
The complex carbohydrates contained in whole grains provides your body with the fuel and energy that it needs to keep warm. Whole grains also contain B vitamins, magnesium, and some selenium. These nutrients help your thyroid and adrenal glandsto function well. These glands are responsible for regulating your body temperature, and slow down during the winter.
Cinnamon and other spices boost your metabolism, and this generates heat in your body. Sprinkle them over your meals, even if it's just a little bit. Cumin, coriander, turmeric, cloves, paprika, pepper, nutmeg and allspice are all good spices to try. Just don't get too spicy- the hottest spices, like cayyene, will make you sweat and release heat from your body.
- Honey and Ginger
Both of these help with digestion and thereby generate heat. The ginger can be used in porridge, salad dressings, soups, cookies or muffins. If you don't like the taste of ginger, you can use a slice of it when you boil the water for your tea; you'll get some of the juice, but you wont taste anything. Honey also makes a great combination with ginger tea.
- Black Pepper
Black pepper contains piperine, a substance that has been shown to influence thermogenesis through stimulating the nervous system. You can sprinkle some of it over your soup.
Try different ways to incorporate these foods into your diet, so that you'll eventually find something that you like. By then, you wont only be eating them to stay warm, you'll have found a new food that you'll enjoy!