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Warming foods for the winter

Soon the winter breaks; the period in which everything comes back to rest. Plants and trees store their energy in roots and seeds until the time of growth and blossom weather arrives. Animals have a thick coat that allows them to protect themselves from the cold or hibernate.

At this time of year, our blood becomes thicker and flows slower, so that important nutrients can stay longer in the body in order to get the energy (and therefore heat) hold longer. By eating warming food, we can make this process a helping hand and keep warm in the winter!

Internal heater stoking

Now it gets colder outside, we have to pick up the heat from somewhere else. A thick sweater, mittens and a hat can help, but we can create the heat from the inside. Certain foods can significantly stoke our internal heater.

Warming foods improves circulation, gives you energy and keep you, as the name suggests, warm. In addition, they are a source of nutrients that support your immune system and calm your mind. Warming food is not only good for the colder sleepers, but also for everyone who is tired or depressed, who suffers from loss of concentration and is susceptible to infection.

Winter vegetables

Nature has nicely arranged. If you choose winter vegetables, you automatically choose for all food which are currently quite suited for your body. Most winter vegetables take longer to grow than summer vegetables. The longer it takes for a vegetable to grow, the greater the warming effect.


Vegetables that are harvested quickly contain a lot of water, making them refreshing work. Also from this perspective, it is better to opt for organic vegetables. Organically grown vegetables have more time to mature and to absorb heat, so it is not just about what you eat, but also to its quality. Choose your vegetables carefully if you want to warm your body.

Chinese dietetics

In China, the thermic effect of food has been known for thousands of years. In Chinese dietetics, the foods are classified according to their thermal performance. There are hot, warm, neutral, refreshing and cold foods. For example, if you’re handling a red pepper, it is not hot, but if you eat one, it does have a warming effect. The red pepper supposedly has a high energetic temperature and therefore it is listed as warming foods.


While warming products warm our bodies up for daily, cooling products help our bodies to rest and cool down. In Chinese dietetics, which is called “yin” stands for cold, and “yang”stands for warm.

In winter, if much yin (cooling) foods are eaten, you become unbalanced. Cooling foods extract heat energy from the body, which is exposed to infections and viruses.

Therefore, limit the food / drink:

Fresh fruits, especially citrus and tropical fruit
Salads, raw vegetables such as cucumber and tomato
Mineral water
Alcohol (heats at first but colder later)

Yang (warming) diet can actually help you come into balance, so you’re better able to cope with the cold.

Warming foods

What exactly warm up our body, in addition to the maxim of organically grown? Roughly speaking, all food with a sharp, spicy and sweet flavor has a warming effect. Warming foods are often dry, small, red or orange in color such as red peppers, squash, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Warming vegetables

Vegetables that you can lend a hand to brave the cold are: sweet vegetables like yam , sweet potatoes, onions, leeks, turnips, parsnips, peppers, turnips, fennel, cabbage, cauliflower.

Herbs and spices

There are many spices and herbs that you can add to your meal to take your temperature: peppercorns, mustard, cayenne, cinnamon, ginger, rosemary, chilli, star anise, cumin, cinnamon, marjoram, cloves and thyme, rosemary, parsley, juniper , curry, bay leaf, coriander, chives, dill, basil, vanilla, nutmeg, fennel seeds, bay leaf, oregano, sesame seeds, garlic.

Warming fruit

Due to the yin, colder sleepers should eat sensibly less fruit in winter, especially citrus fruits. Fruits that have a warming effect include: cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums, dried fruit.

There are also ways to make fruits become more yang in the winter like apples with cinnamon or stewed pears. Spices such as cinnamon, cloves (powder), cardamom and ginger (powder) can neutralize the cooling effect of fruit.

Nuts, seeds and grains

Nuts, grains and seeds such as : buckwheat, millet, sweet rice, oats, amaranth, quinoa, chestnut, pistachio note, sesame seeds, walnuts, pine nuts are very healthy

Animal products

Many animal products listed in the heading of ‘warming’.  Not only fish such as herring, anchovies, perch, shrimp, salmon, lobster, mussels, tuna and sardines, but also chicken, turkey, lamb, venison and eggs can prevent the cold in winter.

A few tips of warming

Start the day with a hot breakfast. For example, eating a bowl of oatmeal with dried fruit.
Baking, frying, stewing and braising and adding herbs and spices to make food more warming. For example, a pear is cool, but a cooking pear prepared with, inter alia, clove has a warming effect.

Eat sufficient to keep the metabolism going.

Pay attention to your breathing. Provide a long deep breath and thus more oxygen which you need for energy (and heat).

Avoid frozen foods. Even if you heat it, they keep a cold energy

How do you keep yourself warm in the winter?