Winter is the time of festivities and with no celebration being complete without a feast, no doubt it is this time of the year when we tend to put on some extra kilos.
So here we are suggesting the top 10 winter foods that will not only help you keep in shape but also protect you from the cold:
1. Chicken soup:
With relatively less calorie content, chicken soups have larger volumes and thus extremely satiating for those hunger pangs.
2. Sweet potato:
High in fiber and vitamins, sweet potato ranks low on the glycemic index scale. They won’t hike your blood sugar levels, and at the same time, check on your carb cravings.
A perfect breakfast for winter mornings, oatmeal not only keep you warm, but the prebiotic fiber in it regulates body fat, your bowel movement, releases hormones that control hunger.
4. Grapes and oranges:
Grapes and oranges supply you with enough fiber and Vitamin C to beat common cold and flu. Besides, it has been found that their citrus scent helps reduce the urge of stress-eating.
Chili contains phytochemical capsaicin which raises metabolic rate, thereby reducing the risk of obesity.
This fruit is extremely low on calories and is packed with fiber. An ideal for healthy weight-loss this winter.
7. Kiwi fruit:
This fruit is loaded with vitamins A, C and K. And interestingly, Kiwi contains 40 calories, 10 grams of carb, and 2 grams of fiber.
This low-cost vegetable is ideal for your winter dishes as one cup of cabbage has only 22 calories and 5 grams of carb. Besides, it is high in Vitamin A, C, and K.
9. Green tea:
A steaming cup of green tea is a great comfort during winter mornings and evenings. Besides, research has shown that this antioxidant-rick beverage also aids in weight-loss.
Unlike other nuts, almonds are quite low in calories. They are ideal as winter snacks as these nuts are high in fiber and make you feel fuller for a longer duration, besides keeping you warm.
(Sources: Prevention, Skymet Weather, Diabetic Living)
Sreya is based in Kolkata. She is a Senior Editor of Big Wire.