Ayurvedic winter diet
Late winter, which is from end of December to the beginning of March, is actually the season when the digestive fire is pretty strong. As it is cold outside, the body needs more fuel to keep itself warm and healthy. Naturally we crave a more substantial and more nutritional diet during this late winter season. The winter dietary habits actually come quite naturally, as you will see in a bit.
Most of your food should be warm, cooked, just slightly oily but well-spiced. Your food should be filling but not too heavy, something like a vegetable curry with leafy greens. Hearty and heating vegetables like radishes, spinach, onions, carrots, beetroot and other root vegetables are well received during this season. To spice things up a little, use hot spices like garlic, ginger, black pepper, cayenne, and chili.
Cooked grains like oats, barley, quinoa, tapioca, rice, or kitchari make an excellent breakfast. Steamed vegetables, whole wheat breads, and creamy soups and stews are ideal for lunch or dinner.Grab fresh, light and seasonal fruits from time to time. There are plenty of citrus fruits in season during winter.
You definitely should go for room temperature, warm or even hot drinks, like a herbal tea. A cup of hot, spiced almond milk with a pinch of turmeric or dried ginger and nutmeg before bed can be super tasty and helps you falling asleep better.
Try to reduce or avoid mucous-producing foods like dairy products, avoid it completely if you have a cold. Cold and frozen foods or drinks should be avoided as well. These will reduce the Agnior digestive fire. Stay away from late-night snacking. If you need something go for the cup of hot and spicy almond milk before bed.
Stay tuned for a super easy kitchari recipe. 🙂
Until then, stay warm!