It has been FREEZING cold here in the northeast. Besides bundling up with extra layers, be sure you supply your body with what it needs: more energy to keep warm and healthy. With the holiday season over, winter can make you feel more tired. If you want to stay warm and energized, here are some foods which can help you out this winter:
- Raw cacao - It contains the natural stimulant theobromine which boosts your energy.
- Whole grains - The complex carbohydrates, fibre, B-vitamins and iron in whole grains such as brown rice or oats will keep you energized until your next meal.
- Water - Dehydration is one of the main causes of a lack of energy. Drink about three liters a day to stay energized.
- Lentils - Lentils and other legumes stabilize blood glucose levels and can help prevent a mid-afternoon crash.
- Oranges - Oranges are high in vitamin C, which helps turn fat to energy.
Warming and Energizing Recipe
In this delicious Ayurvedic dish Kitchadi, several warming and energizing foods are combined.
- 2/3 cup of brown rice
- 2/3 cup of lentils of your choice
- 3.5 to 4 cups of water
- 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
- 1tsp turmeric
- 1tsp coriander
- 1tsp oregano
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp cumin
- 2 carrots
- 1 zucchini
- 1 cup of broccoli
- 1tsb sesame oil
- fresh parsley/coriander
- Add the rice, lentils, water, ginger, tumeric, coriander, oregano, cinamon and cumin together and bring to the boil and let it simmer.
- Cut the carrots, zucchini and broccoli into small pieces
- Add the carrot to the pan
- After half an hour add the rest of the veggies
- When the vegetables are tender, add the sesame oil and season to taste
- Add some fresh parsley and/or coriander