Winter can lead to a drop in energy levels. This is because our bodies adapt to the cold temperature by slowing down metabolism to conserve energy and heat. There are certain foods that can help you conserve the heat in your body, as well as keep you in shape.

Here are some foods that will help you stay warm in winter.

1. Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A. A single, medium-sized spud contains 438% of your daily vitamin A requirement. It also contains about 4 grams of fiber that can help keep you feeling full. Not only this, they are also rich in vitamin C, calcium, potassium and iron. You can add baked sweet potato in your diet as the ideal low-calorie winter food.

 2. Bananas

Bananas are an excellent source of B vitamins and magnesium. They also help the thyroid and adrenal glands regulate the body’s temperature in cold weather. A large banana contains around 10 percent of the daily magnesium requirement. Eat it with your breakfast cereal or make banana smoothie to warm you up in winter.

 3. Ginger

A study published in the journal Metabolism indicated that ginger enhances thermogenesis. It helps reduce the feelings of hunger and may play an important role in keeping the weight off. However, more studies are required to confirm this. Even so, it can be added to a variety of dishes from soups to smoothie and tea, to keep yourself warm in winter.

4. Spices

Certain herbs and spices not only add flavor to your food, but they are also extremely beneficial in the winter season. These include mustard, asafetida, black pepper, fenugreek, cumin seeds and dill seeds. Research has indicated that hot liquids and soups made with these spices can help keep your flu or cold at bay. You can also add dry fenugreek leaves to your breads, lentils and vegetables to help generate warmth in the body. Nutritional supplements such as Zenith Nutrition’s Fenugreek Seeds are also a good option in winters.

 5. Whole grain cereals and pulses

Whole grain cereals such as Bajra (Pearl Millet), Makkai (Maize), Jau (Barley), Ragi (Finger Millet) are ideal foods to eat in winter. They help keep you feeling full and warm. Pulses like Moong dal can also be used in a variety of forms and savored in the biting cold weather.

 6. Lean Meats

Cold hands and feet often indicate iron deficiency or anemia. It may either occur when a person is not getting enough nutrients or have trouble absorbing it. Adding foods rich in iron can help you warm up in winter months. Lean meats, poultry etc. are low in saturated fat but high in iron. Since the body absorbs more iron from meat than other sources, it might be a good idea to include it in your winter diet.

Winter gives you many reasons to eat – staying warm is one of them. Go on, snack up on some of these to stay cozy even in chilly weather.