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Food that Keep you Warm
by Beth Kaiserman

When it’s cold certain foods seem to ease the pain: spicy food, comfort food and warm drinks come to mind. While spicy curry and warm apple pie soothe winter souls, here are some specific foods to warm your soul this season.

Note: These are often used in Chinese medicine, and though not all explicitly backed by modern medicine, they’re worth trying out.

1. Ginger

Ginger boosts immunity, increases metabolism and helps circulate the blood. Try it in a smoothie (especially tasty with bitter greens) or steeped to make a hot tea.
Ginger Beet Smoothie Recipe

2. Garlic

Improves blood flow, controls blood pressure and keeps the body warm
Garlic Confit with Rosemary and Thyme

3. Pepper

While helping cure colds, it also warms the body and has antioxidant and antibacterial properties.

4. Parsnips

High in folate, a B vitamin which increases blood, and potassium, which reduces blood pressure and lowers stress on the heart. They’re high in fiber too and add a yummy sweetness to soups and stews. They’re also delicious sliced into rounds and fried into tasty chips.
Parsnip Fries Recipe

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6. Mussels

These have high levels of iron and folic acid, similar to red meat. An abundance of magnesium and zinc also helps build testosterone.
Belgian Style Mussel Broth Recipe

7. Leeks

High in folate, increasing blood flow and filled with iron and antioxidants and vitamins that increase circulation.
Roasted Leeks with Egg and Dijon Recipe

8. Nutmeg

The warm scent of the holidays often smells of nutmeg, and it can be added to warm milk, stews and other foods to help the body stay warm.

9. Nuts

Loaded with vitamins and minerals, nuts keep the body warm and energized, whether by the handful or in powder form with milk. Peanuts are especially high in B-3 vitamins, promoting blood flow and boosting metabolism.

10. Onions

Increases perspiration and helps move energy to the body’s surface, keeping you warm
Red Onion Jam Recipe

11. Turmeric

Tightens tissues, absorbs excess moisture and is high in antioxidants, often used for healing. It’s perfect in a stew, soup, or curry - and in delicious, healing warm milk or tea.
Gin, Carrot, and Turmeric Cocktail Recipe

12. Oats

Also help absorb moisture and are often associated with warming properties. A delicious, healthy way to start the day!
Katchkie Farm Oatmeal Crisp Recipe

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