When temperatures are dropping, eating foods that have a warming effect on the body can help you stay healthy. They’ll rev up your circulation, get that blood flowing, and give your immune system a boost!
Warming spices that will heat up your digestive fire, or ‘agni’ in Ayurveda, include ginger, garlic, onion, cinnamon, pepper, and cloves. Cooking with these is a great way to add warmth to the diet for those with a ‘colder’ type of constitution. You can even add a sprinkle of cayenne to the inside of your boots, to help keep your toes toasty!
The color of a food can be a useful indicator of whether it will be warming in the body. (Chili pepper!) The rich oranges and yellows of root vegetables such as squashes, sweet potatos and yams, or ruby-colored beets, seem warming just to look at. They’re chock-full of healthy antioxidant flavonoids, which gives them their gorgeous color. They’re also a great source of complex carbohydrates – to provide your body with long-lasting fuel to stay warm with!