Why eat warming foods? Do you have a difficult time staying healthy during the cold winter months? Or, do you feel cold all the time?
One way to help is eating warming foods. The key to a healthy body is to eat foods appropriate to the seasons. For winter, you should be eating root vegetables such as sweet potato, carrots, and beets and winter vegetables such as kale, bok choy, cauliflower, and winter squash.
For stomach health, you should avoid raw fruits and vegetables and cook them instead. Spiced steamed pears are a great accompaniment to oatmeal.
Or, my new favorite warming food…amaranth, an ancient grain with the consistency of cream of wheat. Add a little maple syrup and cinnamon and you have a healthy protein and fiber-packed breakfast.
Soups and Stews are a hearty dinner pairing warming foods with fresh bread, especially for those of you who jumped on the Sour Dough train during COVID. Get creative with your recipes and add barley, quinoa, lentils, and spices like cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, ginger, cardamom, and cayenne. Try adding honey and cinnamon to your coffee, hot chocolate or tea.
A good rule of thumb is to eat in-season foods when possible! Stay Healthy!