We’ve almost made it! There is just over 3 weeks until the end of winter. Hopefully you have made it through the winter months with little or minimal cold or flu symptoms and your immune system intact.
I’ve included some winter warming foods to keep you on the path to good health and help boost energy levels and vitality over the next few weeks.
Fresh ginger stimulates your circulation and warms your entire body. It is full of antioxidants and is a great immune booster. It helps reduce the systems of colds and flu by soothing aching muscles and easing digestion. Add ginger to stir-fries and curries, make a warming ginger tea, add ginger to your morning green smoothie or soak in a ginger bath to help with circulation.
Cardamon has a similar warming and stimulating effect on the body as ginger. It helps clears the mucus associated with chest colds by opening the respiratory passages. Whole pods can be added to curries, dahl, hot pots, and can be added whole or ground to chai, teas and porridge.
Cinnamon is a great blood sugar regulator and an excellent digestive tonic. This is especially needed when our digestive system gets sluggish during the winter months. It also stimulates the circulatory system and helps warm cold hands and feet. Add cinnamon and cloves to a warm cup of pure cacao hot chocolate for an after dinner treat.
Clove is a lovely warming spice that smells divine and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Add cloves to soup and it is great with cinnamon in a warm cup of cacao hot chocolate.
Garlic is an antimicrobial herb which helps the body fight colds. It is a vasodilator, helps with circulation and assist with elimination of toxins from your body. Garlic can be used in a variety of dishes from stir-fries, curries, salads, soups, salad dressings and can even be consumed raw.
Turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory herb, which is full of anti-oxidants and has warming properties. Curcumin is the active ingredient found in turmeric and is used in the treatment of anti-inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and gout and is effective in the detoxification pathways. Turmeric is a delicious spice that can be used in home made curry powder.
Cayenne pepper has warming and detoxifying properties. It is quite a strong spice and be careful with your serving sizes – a little goes a long way! Add a small pinch to foods you wouldn’t mind spicing up a little.
Rosemary supports the immune system, has anti-oxidant properties, improves digestion and contains benefiting volatile essential oils that increase circulation. Rosemary is a great choice to help season roast vegetables, goes perfectly with lamb and fish and the rosemary stork can be used as a skewer for vegetable kebabs.
Quinoa is a warming superfood high in protein and other nutrients such as calcium, B vitamins, iron and vitamin E. Use quinoa in salads, as a substitute for rice or as a porridge which some of the winter warming spices above such as cinnamon and cardamon.
For those of you who are interested in the healing power of food would like to check your all round health please don’t hesitate to give me a call. I’d love to meet you and ensure you are on the path to excellent health and wellbeing!