Come winter and you are more likely to pile on a few pounds – thanks to that attitude of over-indulging on hearty meals and skipping the gym. And as the mercury levels drop, your body’s metabolism slows down to conserve energy and heat. Therefore, it is important to adopt a healthy lifestyle that can help improve metabolism and overall health during the colder months. This includes eating a healthy diet, being physically active, as well as getting adequate sleep every night.
This season, instead of gorging on deep-fried snacks to satisfy your hunger pangs, opt for healthy options which will keep you warm, feel full for longer and without having the need to cheat on your diet, especially if you’re watching your weight and want to avoid those extra pounds. For instance, fox nuts, cinnamon cookies, oranges and carrots are some healthy snacks that are easy stash, safe to store and delicious too. Here’s a list of crunchy melt-in-the-mouth healthy winter delights that can be consumed in the months ahead:
Sweet and a perfect snack to munch on during the colder months, tilpatti is made of jaggery and til (sesame seeds) – both the ingredients help produce heat in the body. While sesame seeds are loaded with antioxidants, jaggery helps fight iron deficiency
Gond Ke Laddu
A popular sweet preparation from the Rajasthani cuisine made with gond, wheat flour, sugar, ghee, melon seeds, almonds, and elaichi – these ladoos are one of the most popular delicacies enjoyed in winter. Gond is an edible gum extracted from the bark of a tree and produces so much heat that it is generally consumed only in winter.
Dry Roast And Grind Flaxseeds
Just add a little jaggery to this powder, throw some crushed walnuts, magaz and pumpkin seeds. Tasty panjiri is ready to curb those sweet cravings. No oil. No preservatives. Only Omega 3.
A traditional Indian sweet generally made from groundnuts and jaggery, these delicious bite-sized candies are best eaten during winter. Peanuts in chikki have a warm effect on the body, whereas jaggery can give you an instant energy boost that will satiate your hunger as well.
If you are allergic to jaggery or do not enjoy its sweetness, how about
Try relishing cinnamon cookies this winter, especially if you are allergic to jaggery or do not enjoy its sweetness. You can make your own delicious cinnamon cookies at home – by combining white sugar, flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, butter, egg, and vanilla essence. Apart from adding flavour, cinnamon is a perfect winter spice that boosts your health during the winter.
A new study published in the journal Metabolism suggests that aromatic and flavorful cinnamon, a common household spice, can also improve your metabolism by making the fat cells burn faster and better, thus, helping you to lose weight and fight obesity.
Nuts are packed with heart-healthy fats, protein, vitamins and minerals. Nuts like cashew nuts are a rich source of vitamin E and have anti-ageing properties that help your skin glow in the cold months. Furthermore, peanuts are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals and can make you feel fuller for longer. Having them roasted gives you a delightful sense of warmth and fullness.
Hard boiled or scrambled, eggs are nutritious and filling, mainly because of their high protein content. You can just break open an egg in a frying pan toss in some cut veggies. It is an anytime snack. It contains 7gm protein with added antioxidants, vegetables and spices.
Fruit and veggies
Why not grab an orange, carrot or a guava? It is great to nibble on fruits and get that extra vitamin C and vitamin A, which will strengthen your immunity, eyesight and give you great skin. It will also slash your cholesterol, burn stubborn belly fat, promote good night sleep, and more – naturally.
Have a warm and healthy winter!