Winter is coming! No, Game of Thrones is not back but cold season is upon us again. As the days get shorter and the weather turns colder each day, we feel more and more inclined to hibernate. After all, winter is the time to hide away and keep warm. Putting on extra layers is one way to warm up, but did you know that the foods you eat have either a cooling or a warming effect on your body? Sometimes you can feel this effect right away, like sweating from your jalapeno chili. But sometimes the effects will not be so obvious.
Assuming that you have no imbalances or diseases that require special attention, here are some warming foods to consider adding to your plate during cold season or when you’re running cold.
1. Warming fruits
Orange, peach, sweet plum
2. Warming vegetables
Raw onion, radish, tomato, watercress
3. Warming herbs and spices
Allspice, angelica, anise seed, basil, bay leaf, black pepper, cardamom, caraway, cayenne, celery seed, cinnamon, clove, cumin, fenugreek, garlic, ginger, marjoram, mustard seed, nutmeg, oregano, paprika, rosehips, rosemary, sage, salt, sesame seed, tarragon, thyme, turmeric
Not surprisingly, many of these herbs and spices are also used to kindle and balance your digestion. Digestion is the process of transformation. This transformation requires heat (pitta), which means that herbs and spices that create heat often help digestion. The secret is to know when and how much to use so you don’t overdo it and trigger a pitta, or heat-related, imbalance.
4. Warming grains
Brown rice, buckwheat, corn, millet, dry oats, rye
5. Warming oils
Almond, safflower, white mustard, sesame
6. Warming nuts and seeds
Almond, cashew, chia, flaxseed, peanut, poppy, pumpkin, sunflower, walnut
Try our top-selling MY24/7 Warming tea, made with premium organic ginger, rosemary, lemon peel and basil. Steep this blend in hot water and drink it as a tea, or enjoy it as seasoning on food.
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