Eat Your Way to a Warmer Winter
Through our Nutrition in Winter campaign this month, we are focusing on the foods to eat which can help to keep us warm from the inside out during the colder months.
As the winter months are now upon us, you may be wondering how to keep warm besides snuggling into a cosy blanket or two. Evidence suggests that foods that take longer to digest can help to raise your body temperature due to the heat produced as food metabolises. To aid this process, try to eat foods which are high in healthy fats, proteins and carbohydrates, as these are more complex and take longer to digest.
Foods to Eat to Stay Warm
Begin your day with cereal for breakfast, such as oats, wheat, or porridge. Little ones can enjoy warm milk on their cereal, as these hot breakfasts also offer a source of fibre.
When it comes to lunch, soups are an excellent option for a winter warmer, as they can contain a range of pulses and vegetables.
If you fancy a snack, fruits such as bananas, kiwis, apples, and plums are all in season during the winter months. Bananas are a good source of magnesium, which can help to maintain your body temperature.
Other foods to consider incorporating into your meals include red meats, a source of iron, and vitamins, which help support a strong immune system. Sweet potatoes or roasted butternut squash are also packed full of nutrients and can be added as an accompaniment to various dishes.