WARMING FOODS FOR WINTER DAYS
Long gone are the days of slurping soup to stay warm on cold winter days. Warming foods have the effects of raising the yang, or energy of the organs by warming and improving the circulation and dispelling the cold. By incorporating more foods with higher thermal levels into your diet during the colder seasons, you will find it easier to stay warm no matter what you’re wearing.
Ginger gets its spicy flavor and thermogenic quality from its combination of two pungent compounds: gingerol and shogaol. Try snacking on candied ginger or ginger tea for a mid-day pic me up during the colder months.
Coconut oil can be used in all your favorite recipes, from baking, omelets, sautéing veggies, and even rubs for fish and chicken. Not only does coconut oil help to warm the body due to it’s high fat content (good fats, don’t worry) but it also helps increase immunity, speedier healing and—remarkably—weight loss.
Thanks to its high level of caffeine,a cup of green tea before meals can help you feel warmer and more full. Along with the antioxidant flavonoids called “catechins,” the caffeine gives green tea it’s thermogenic properties. Our favorite green tea recipe? The green tea tiramisu from Urth Café!
A warm cup of oatmeal in the morning not only fills you up with nutrient dense fiber, protein, and good carbs for sustained energy, but it will also help you stay warm! Oats are naturally packed with fiber, which helps strengthen the digestive system, and keep the blood circulating efficiently. Try adding almond milk, sliced nuts, and mixed fruit for a complete breakfast or snack anytime.
Cinnamon is truly a powerful spice! Used for its laxative and warming affect, cinnamon helps promote acidity in the body, which helps to even the body’s Ph balance. Try in muffins, over oatmeal, in apple cider, or even sprinkled in your morning coffee for a warming pick me up.