Winter is already here & it’s a time in India where you have a opportunity to increase strength, body mass, weight gain, increase immunity, look beautiful & so much more because you get some of the most powerful foods that can completely transform your body and will keep you at bay from cold – flu, digestive disorders, skin problems etc. Following are some of the super foods (also mentioned in Ayurveda) that are medicinal to us. You can benefit yourself by adding these superfoods in winters to your daily dietary intake:
benefits of amla
If there is any fruit that you should consume all year round in every stage of your life then amla should be your first choice. Since you can’t have fresh amla all year, people use amla powder in summers & monsoon season to reap the benefits out of this medicinal yet nutritious fruit. Amla is a potent source of iron, calcium, vitamin C and other nutrients.
It is best to consume one amla or two raw after your wake up or after your workout to detoxify and enrich your body but you take juice up 3-4 amla’s and drink it up first thing in the morning. You can use the waste in making chutney or have it in salad during breakfast or lunch.
Benefits of Amla are endless & this is probably the reason why most of the ayurveda recipes have amla in it. Amla helps in proper digestive system functioning, cures bloating/gas/constipation, slows down ageing, purifies blood, brightens skin, strengthens bones, reduces blood sugar, improves eyesight, boosts immunity & so much more.
Whenever you try to consume amla make sure that you don’t eat anything before or after an hour in between.
Raw Turmeric(Amba/Ambia haldi):
Amba haldi or ambiya haldi as we know looks like ginger but this one is yellow from the inside. You can get it only in winters & there are great benefits of this amazing herb. Amba haldi is rich in anti – oxidants and has anti microbial properties, also it has very strong antibiotic properties.
Uses: Ideal intake of amba haldi is 4 grams. One can consume amba haldi with hot milk, butter milk or eat raw. You can use mixture of milk & amba haldi on your face to have a glowing and flawless skin. It helps with a deep sleep & it is best to consume it with hot milk at night.
Cures breathing problems, helps in asthma, helps in deep sleep, prevents cough & cold, relieves in pain in joints, purifies blood, strengthens bones, amazing in healing wounds, Aids in digestion, relieves in menstruation pain, helps in weight loss and many more. It is a aphrodisiac, helps in tridosha(vaatah, pittah, kaphaah) imbalance disorders.
Dry fruits are your healthiest alternatives to fried, salty & unhealthy munchies. Dry fruits helps in giving you a instant energy apart from its numerous benefits to our body. The top dry fruits I recommend are almonds, walnuts, pistachio & fig. It completes your daily intake of calories & other important nutrients that help you be fit.
Uses: You can soak almonds & fig overnight and eat it in the morning pre or post workout with or without milk. Pistachio & walnuts can be replaced as munchies during the day time.
Benefits: The above mentioned dry fruits help you in keeping your body fit overall.
*Make sure you peel the skin of almonds before consuming & munch dry fruits till the time they become liquid to see tremendous results.
Dates are probably the sweetest fruit. Apart from its high significance in Islam, It has many health benefits. One can eat dates fresh but mostly we eat it dried. Dates contains calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, manganese, copper & various vitamins, minerals, fiber to keep us healthy.
One can have typically 7-10 dates a day. You can have dates with milk, yoghurt or butter. I would recommend dates as a pre/post workout or before sleeping with a glass of milk.
There are many benefits of dates like relieving in constipation (soak them in water a night before & eat it in the morning), strengthening bones, treats intestinal disorders, treats anemia, helps in weight gain, promotes heart & nervous health, treats sexual health & so many benefits.
A fun fact about saffron is that it is the most expensive spice due to its procurement and its nutritional benefits. In India it is majorly produced in Kashmir and southern part of India. Saffron has many nutritional & healing properties. It is recommended to have saffron only in winters or in the cold areas. Saffron’s unique organic composition makes it a must add to our daily diet intake. Saffron contains many antioxidants, biochemicals, carotenoids and many essential vitamins & minerals.
One can have saffron with water or with milk. Just dip 5-8 threads of saffron in a glass of water or milk and have it before sleeping at night or you can have it in the morning. For best results, it is recommended to have saffron with milk at night. Other ways of consuming saffron is using it while preparing rice, shakes or desserts.
There are so many magical benefits of having saffron in winters like boosting mood, weight loss, increasing interest in sex, strengthening immune system, battling PMS, boosting brain health, improves vision & bone health, improving digestive system and many more…
So Guys do try these amazing superfoods in winters to be healthy & happy!!!