Even if you don’t live in a country with the winter season, you’ll still notice that the days are starting to feel a little colder around the last quarter of the year. When this happens, aside from bringing out your jackets, your body also starts craving for different foods. This is because you unconsciously start wanting anything that warms up the body’s core temperature a little, something that is rather important in terms of general well-being, especially when it comes to physical activity, as muscles work far better when they are warm.
1. Oatmeal With Cinnamon And Walnuts
Oatmeal is a great source of fiber, which takes longer for your body to digest resulting to longer lasting energy boost. Moreover, walnuts provide you healthy fats and protein which we all know helps warm up the body. On the other hand, cinnamon may be used mainly as an aromatic condiment and flavoring additive, what many people do not know is that it’s actually a natural antioxidant that can help you ward off colds and flu.
2. Homemade Chili
Chili is spicy which makes the body hot while eating it. This is because the beans are full of protein and is also a good source of fiber and just one bowl of steaming chili soup can give you the energy you need to keep going for hours, however cold it is outside.
3. Turkey And Cheese Melt
Sandwiches are pretty easy to prepare which is why most people opt for them for lunch. But if you want to keep your sandwiches healthy while fulfilling your body’s cravings for body warming food, make turkey and cheese melt. The turkey provides lots of protein without adding too much fat and having the bread grilled or toasted gives the sandwich the warmth your body is looking for.
4. Winter Fruit Salad
Salads may seem like what you eat on hot days but they’re also still good for colder days! “Winter” fruits like grapefruits and oranges are a great way to get lots of Vitamin C and antioxidants to help ward off colds. To provide your body’s need for a filling and warm dish, add yogurt into the mix to inject some protein.
5. Hot Chocolate
Hot chocolate is another fall and winter staple that can actually be great cold weather fuel food if you drink it the right way. Make it made with low fat or skim milk and try not to add sugar. The milk will give you an instant protein boost and the chocolate is a great source of antioxidants so it’s a great after workout drink as well as a good afternoon pick-me-up choice.
All of this, however, does not mean however that you should ditch your healthy eating plan just because it’s getting colder and holidays is just around the corner. There are ways, however, to give your body the extra cold weather fuel it needs to keep you going through the colder days (especially before and after workouts or exercise) without adding unhealthy or very fattening foods to your diet.
In order to do that, chiropractors highly suggest that you maintain feeding your body healthy foods that contain vitamins and nutrients from vegetables, fruits, lean meat, whole grains, and healthy fats even throughout the colder days. Although a couple of the foods mentioned above doesn’t hurt once in awhile to keep your body warm. Chiropractic care may be focused on the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine but chiropractors understand that patients are so much more than just spine. This is why they always say that they aim not just to relieve pain but to improve your overall health.