The long-awaited winters are finally here. Although the cold climate is seen as a blessing in various cities of Pakistan, it has its own set of problems, mostly related to health issues. Flu always returns with a vengeance in this season and does not allow us to enjoy the climate to its fullest extent. I have highlighted the most effective foods that will ensure the cold does not get the best of you this winter.
I look forward to winters every year just to get my hands on these delicious treats. Dry fruits are essentially a winter delicacy. Eating them in summers can cause various skin related problems such as dry skin, pimples, and white discharge, since they contain a lot of heat and energy. They are best for providing warmth on those cold winter nights when temperatures can fall really low.
Although a not so popular winter companion in Karachi, soups are amazing in increasing your internal body temperature making it less likely for you to catch a nasty cold in winters. Garnish any soup of your choice with vegetables and turn it into a healthy bowl of deliciousness.
Broccoli and Cauliflower
Many doctors will advise you to increase the usage of broccoli and cauliflower in winters. They are rich in vitamin C and enhance disease fighting capabilities of our immune system. These two vegetables can act as an effective deterrence against cold, sore-throat, and many other diseases related to the cold weather. Although not my personal favorite, good recipes and smart ways of camouflaging the taste of these vegetables can result in excellent dishes.
Although this fruit is available throughout the year in Pakistan, some of its benefits can only be realized during the winters. Banana help in maintaining blood pressure during the winter. Rich in fiber and packed with vitamins, it enhances the immune system of the body.
Oatmeal is not only a convenient breakfast food but also provides nutrients that are essential during winter. It contains high quantities of zinc, which is important for proper immune function.
So what foods will you include in your diet this season? Share your thoughts!