Foods to Keep You Warm in Winter

January 21st, 2012 by Clifford

dv030978During the cold winter months, we all long for ways to stay warmer, especially when we are constantly on the run or studying hard for our next online final on the couch. But did you know there are actually a number of foods that can help the body warm itself, naturally, from the inside? The next time you find yourself longing to cuddle up with a blanket and a laptop, try fixing a meal using some of these ingredients to get your body running in a warmer gear.

1. Pepper

This might seem like a no-brainer, but try adding more pepper to your meals. In addition to warming you up, pepper can spice up nearly any bland food.

2. Onions

Few things are more comforting on a cold winter night than a big batch of French onion soup. You can also add fresh raw onions to your sandwiches for extra bite and heat.

3. Garlic

Garlic is a great go-to herb. It not only heats your body, but it also has antibacterial properties to help you stay healthy.

4. Ginger

The zing of ginger is a great warming flavor. Try adding it to some of your favorite baked goods, or fix yourself a tasty — and healthy — stir-fry.

5. Fennel

Fennel is soothing to your stomach and has a unique licorice-like flavor. It is delicious roasted with carrots and potatoes or sliced fresh into salads.

6. Cumin

The flavor of cumin is often associated with Tex-Mex dishes like chili or tacos. For a great dinner to warm you up, fix a huge pot of chili using additional ingredients from this list like onions and garlic.

7. Sesame seeds

Sesame seeds can be added to almost anything. How about that stir-fry? You can also try sesame seeds as tasty tahini paste. Hummus uses tahini paste and is a delicious protein-rich snack on a cold day.

8. Cinnamon

As if hot cocoa wasn’t warming and soothing enough, try adding a sprinkle of cinnamon to your next steaming mug for a flavor boost. Another great warming cinnamon trick is to shake cinnamon over your coffee grounds before you brew. This will add a wonderful aroma and flavor to your next pot of coffee.

9. Almonds

Almonds can be eaten raw or added to just about anything. Try adding sliced almonds to your salad or cereal. For an extra warming treat, mix them into a bowl of oatmeal. They will add extra flavor and texture to an otherwise boring food.

10. Fruit and veggies

Fresh fruit and vegetables help your body warm up and are good for you any time of year. Make a fresh vegetable salad, with radishes for a little extra heat, or serve sliced fruit. Combine some of the other ingredients listed above for more warming power, like sprinkling fresh apple slices with cinnamon.

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