Complaining about Chicago’s brutal winters is a proud civic tradition but this time, Chicago is experiencing a really really cold weather. The wind chill hit 40 degrees below zero Monday morning at O’Hare Airport, and the extreme cold is expected to stick around for the couple of days.
Start your day with a hint of mint added to fresh orange or pomegranate juice. This may help ward off unwanted germs by providing Vitamin C, iron and phytochemical that cleanse your system. Stir up a hearty broth with mixed vegetables at dinner time. You will get your share of fibre and be warm through the evening and night.
Whole grains, particularly starchy ones, are also good for metabolic rate. Risottos, rice and curries, pilafs, rice puddings, porridge – these are all great winter choices and sound so much more appealing than cold cereal, sandwiches or salad. They offer long-lasting energy that keeps you warm through the day and well into the evening. Porridge (oats) is a perfect way to start the winter day. Enjoy a bowl of chicken, lamb or mutton stewed with lots of vegetables like carrots, beans, beetroot and onions, with brown rice or quinoa.
Beans are a good source of protein. They help the body rebuild and repair and give you fibre without the cholesterol and saturated fats of meat products. Diets rich in beans lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of many cancers.
Herbs and Spices –
cinnamon, ginger and garlic, along with a host of other spices, all pack heat. They boost your metabolism and also carry all sorts of medicinal marvels to keep winter colds at bay. Ginger also promotes blood flow to your extremities, literally helping to keep you warm from your nose to your toes.
Almonds, walnuts, peanuts, black and white sesame seeds and flax seeds are nutrition-packed for cold days. They are rich in heart-healthy fats, fiber, magnesium and vitamin E.
When the temperature dips, it’s time to shift from salads to soups. It’s still a good idea to get some raw foods, but have them in the afternoon when your body is at its warmest. In the evening, a hearty soup or stew with lots of well-cooked root vegetables and spices will warm you up right to your frozen toes. Yum Yum!
Sardines packed in oil are high in fat and proteins—essential to keeping our body warm. They also have a high Vitamin D content.
Hot tea, coffee, and hot chocolate –
Hot drinks help us keep warm. Hot chocolate not only provides a sense of comfort, but it is also high in fat and antioxidants. Coffee raises your metabolism, as spices do and in turn raises your body temperature.
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