5 Indian superfoods to keep you healthy during winter

Published: 06:20AM 01 December 2022

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Jayti Shah

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Ayurveda claims that in order to keep us warm throughout the winter, our body tends to produce a lot of energy.

We have a greater need for calories throughout the winter, which contributes to our increased hunger. But during the winter, our bodies tend to absorb food more quickly. The optimum time to strengthen our immunity is during the winter.

What kind of foods and activities can we engage in during the winter season?

1.Include salads with carrots and beets in your diet. Both of these are regarded as winter foods and are nutrient-rich. Beetroot is a great example of a food that can raise your hemoglobin level, while carrots are a great source of Vitamin A, which is essential for a strong immune system.

2. Most of us tend to be more sluggish and lethargic during the winter, which can lead to subpar performance and sluggish system functioning. That being said, make sure you exercise every day, stay as active as you can, or take a quick stroll. You'll be more energetic and your system will function more quickly if you do this, which will stop you from whining about the chilly breeze.

For an Indian diet, the following must-have winter superfoods are easily accessible:

1.Bajra (Pearl Millet)

Since bajra contains more protein than any other grain, it is especially recommended throughout the winter. Additionally, it is a very good source of magnesium, potassium, and fiber, all of which are good for your general health.

bajra (pearl millet) (Image courtesy - iStock photo)

2. Til (Sesame seeds)

Another nutritious winter item in Indian cuisine is sesame seeds. Sesame seeds are a great source of calcium and manganese. Sesame oil or seeds can be used in cooking or as a garnish on food. Making gajak or chikki is the typical wintertime way to eat sesame.

Til (sesame seeds) (Image courtesy - iStock photo)

3. Spices

During the winter, you should frequently utilize spices like pepper, ginger, cumin, and cinnamon. Our bodies receive heat and warmth from them naturally. Additionally, they aid with digestion and increase blood circulation. Our throats are soothed by ginger, relieving coughing and keeping us warm in the cold.

Indian spices (Image courtesy - iStock photo)

4. Chyawanprash

Chwayanprash is the ideal choice if you're seeking an immediate immunity booster. It is a superfood for the winter because it contains a number of ayurvedic roots and herbs. It is the most popular immunity-boosting food in India. It lessens mucus buildup in the lungs and assists in cleaning the respiratory system.

Chyawanprash (Image courtesy - iStock photo)

5. Incorporate  Root Vegetables

It can be difficult to find fresh vegetables during the winter. However, root vegetables like turnips, carrots, sweet potato, yam and purple yam and other varieties can be easily found. This is due to their resistance to the cold. You can benefit from eating these raw, roasted, or boiled vegetables, including an increase in beta-carotene and vitamins A and C.

Root vegetables (Image courtesy - iStock photo)


Winter can be a season when everything slows down, as was previously mentioned. Although you might see that you're losing your will to work hard and becoming lazy, this is actually only a style of thinking that you can change by paying attention to a few pointers. Maintain good health by eating wholesome foods, staying warm, and drinking hot liquids. All of these will enable you to take advantage of the cozy season without just curling up in a blanket.

Jayti Shah is a Clinical Nutritionist with a master's degree in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a member of the Indian Dietetic Association (IDA). Over the last 9 years, she has helped 400 clients in their clinical and weight loss journeys. She works with SocialBoat as a nutrition consultant. We hope this article was useful to you as you prepared for your winter slumber. Don't forget to eat healthy and include them in your diet.

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