Winter food is the best comfort food. Nothing can be more relaxing and soothing than going to bed sipping a hot mug of kesar badam milk or staying inside on a chilly evening and enjoying copious cups of ginger tea while reading your favorite book.
It is the time of the year, when those delicious summer drinks and healthy salads do not seem that appealing and appetizing option and your heart craves for that guilt laden dry fruit panjiri, sweet carrot halwa, mouth-watering sarso ka saag and heart-warming egg curry.
Although, as unhealthy and pounds piling as these winter foods may seem, it may surprise you some of these foods are actually a good option nutritionally. When temperatures drop and chilly winds steal away moisture and glow from your skin, it is these tasty winter foods that will actually help you regain your natural glow and voluminous mane with their important vitamins and essential nutrients.
And if you eat and prepare these foods the right way, you will not only get glowing skin and healthy hair but also a fit and toned body as added bonus. Take a look at these top 7 winter foods and see what they can do for your skin, hair, and beauty.
Winter fruits especially oranges, apples, grapes, cherries and prunes are known for their rich antioxidant and vitamin content. The secret to glowing skin and shiny hair lies not in your make kit but in your kitchen and fridge.
Eating fruits is the best way to hydrate skin, improve skin texture, and help maintain strong and shiny hair.
Winter offers a rich source of delightful vegetables. All you need to do is just throw in a variety of vegetables into a slow cooker with medium salt, fat, and condiments.
Vegetable soup is a wonderful source of vitamin A, C, and E that help in cell renewal and maintaining the firmness and elasticity of your skin. By adding cream to your soup, you can add to its calcium and protein content.
Flax Seed Panjiri
Flaxseeds or linseeds are a dense source of omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fiber, and various other micronutrients. The best way to reap their benefits is by taking them in ground form. And no other better way to make them more palatable than by adding ground flaxseed to your winter panjiri!
Dry fruit laden flaxseed panjiri not only makes for a delicious snack with tea but also help fight aging skin and thinning hair by supplying all the essential fatty acids and micro nutrients to your skin and scalp.
Vitamin A is known for its gene activating effects. By causing skin cells to mature and rise to the surface, vitamin A not only helps in treating acne and eliminating dandruff but also helps in maintaining a firm complexion with youthful glow.
Since carrots contain Vitamin A in large amounts, the best way to hydrate skin cells and rejuvenate complexion is by drinking fresh carrot juice.
Hot Kesar Badam Milk
Saffron is a king of spice known for its antioxidant content and skin lightening properties.
Since, historical times it has been given to pregnant ladies for lightening the complexion of the new born baby and used in many skin lightening beauty remedies and products.
Apart from its skin glowing benefits, hair loss can also be treated successfully by drinking saffron milk. Saffron is known to replace old and damaged hair with new healthy hair. Almonds add to the vitamin E content of this delicious beauty concoction.
Egg curry is one of the most popular and mouth-watering warming recipe for winters. Boiled eggs are added and cooked in rich spicy gravy containing a lot of aromatic spices. While we all know eggs are a good source of protein, iron, folate, vitamin A, biotin, zinc, selenium etc., eggs also contain a special amino acids and fatty acids that penetrate through the epidermis helping to boost collagen and heal scars.
All this protein, fat, vitamin and mineral content of eggs also help stop hair loss and promote healthy strong hair. The aromatic spice blend makes the meal all the more savory and healthy.
Ginger is the best digestive aid. It not only aids digestion but also helps speed up the removal of toxins from the digestive tract. Since, digestive tract plays a big role in how our skin looks and behaves on the outside, drinking ginger tea is a great way to clear complexion and make skin glow.
Besides, digestive and detox properties, ginger is also anti-inflammatory in nature that helps soften wrinkles.
So apart from adding flavor to your tea, ginger also adds beauty to your skin!
Well that was my compilation of winter foods that I savor and that help me in maintaining my glowing skin and crowning glory. What are your favorite winter foods and recipes with beauty benefits? I would like to know about your favorite foods and beauty recipes, please share your thoughts in comments below.