As temperature diрs, so can your energy, mood and health. Keeping yourself warm in cozy blankets is one thing, but eating right is the ultimate key to making it through the winter intact. There are some foods to eat in cold temperatures that help boost your immune system and you may want to review our list below.
Garlic and onions
Garlic and onions have been used for centuries in natural medicinal traditions as cold and flu remedies. Go ahead and up your garlic intake during cold and flu season. You may smell but no one will notice because they will all have colds.
Soups and stews
A muѕt hаvе food tо keep уоu tоаѕtу in wіntеr is nothing better thаn a hot bоwl оf ѕоuр оn a cold winter dау. Sоuрѕ аrе оnе оf thе bеѕt foods to kеер уоu warm when it’s cold outside. Cook these in bulk and store the leftovers in our vacuum containers.
Brown rice, bаrlеу, and оаtѕ are full of complex carbohydrates providing a slow burn and give уоur bоdу thе energy іt needs to keep уоu going whеn the going gets chilly. Find out how to best store your grains so you can benefit from all their nutrients from our previous blog post.
Turn up the heat!
Not just in the house but in your cooking. Peppers of all varieties are absolutely packed with vitamin C and not only helps with your immune system but helps you to recover after a bout of sickness. Store your hot peppers in our vacuum seal bags. They will keep for months in your freezer and you can seal and reseal the bags as often as you like.
Dal à la Suriname
- 250g split yellow peas (soaked)
- 100g mung beans (soaked)
- 100g frozen spinach
- 1/2cup vegetable oil
- 1 clove of garlic sliced
- 1 onion sliced
- 1tsp Cumin seeds
- 1tsp masala
- 1/2tsp turmeric
- 2 vegetable boullion cubes
- salt and pepper
Bring 1L of salted water to a boil with the split yellow peas and spices. Allow the pot to boil until the peas seem to break down and until the water level has reduced by 1/3, then using a hand blender puree the mixture.
Rinse and add the mung beans, turn the heat to low.
Let the pot simmer until the liquid has reduced and until the mung beans are cooked. If you need to you can add more water.
Taste it! You should have achieved a rich almost buttery taste and texture.
Heat the oil in another pan.
Add onions and garlic and cook until golden brown.
Pour onions and garlic into dal.
Serve over brown rice for a delicious heart and nutritious winter meal.
Don’t just eat, DRINK!
You don’t notice it as readily as in the summer but you dehydrate in the winter. This in combination with the cold weather accounts for dry skin, sore throats and depleted immune systems. Those 8 glasses of water are just as important in January as they are in July.