Just like there are clothes for every season and activities for every season, there is also food for every season. How we eat is an integral part of how we experience a particular time of the year and sometimes small changes to our diet can affect how well we adapt to nature’s cycles. Besides, food is also connected to our emotions! The right kind of meal can get us in the mood for seasonal activities and help us appreciate the beauty of our environment. As autumn will soon turn into winter, let’s look at a few of the best foods to enjoy in these cold days.
Pumpkin and squash
Even after they serve their purpose as decorations for those who celebrate Halloween, pumpkins and squash are still brilliant seasonal foods! Roasted with a little bit of honey, they make for a perfect healthy dessert. Pumpkin and squash are also safe for babies and they are very nutritious, providing both you and your little one with several important vitamins and minerals!
Apples and cranberry
The smell and taste of apples and cinnamon is immediately associated with winter, cosiness and festivities. In addition, the old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” holds a lot of truth because apples have numerous health benefits. Similarly, cranberries are a popular food in winter and their tartness blends perfectly with many festive dishes but they are also known to maintain the healthy function of your urinary tract. As urinary tract infections are much more unpleasant in cold weather, this particular property of cranberries is extremely useful.
Chicken or vegetable soup
One of the great joys of cold weather is coming home to a hot bowl of soup. On top of warming you up and hydrating you, chicken soup has been scientifically shown to have a lot of other benefits, including boosting your mood. However, if you happen to be vegetarian, hot vegetable soup can be just as pleasant. You can personalise it with a dash of your favourite spice. Adding a squeeze of lemon on top of that will not only enhance the taste but provide you with some always welcome vitamin C. The trick, though, is to add the lemon at the very last moment and enjoy your soup immediately because vitamin C is quickly destroyed by heat and too much water.
Foods to increase thermogenesis
Thermogenesis is the process of your organism producing heat. Dietary induced thermogenesis occurs when your body expends energy to process your food. Certain foods, for example those that take longer to metabolise, will cause you to generate more heat and keep you feeling nice and toasty in the frosty weather. Thermogenic foods include root vegetables, brown rice, oats and ginger, among others. It’s easy to see why it’s a good idea to include any of these in your autumn and winter menu.
Okay, water is not really a food but we had to mention it because it’s important. We get thirsty less often in winter but water helps to regulate our body temperature so we should still remember to consume enough. Having a nice hot herbal tea is one of the ways to make sure we’re getting enough hydration.
There are so many amazing healthy dishes that could help you adapt to the cold weather and now is the perfect time to enjoy them!