The fall weather seemed to last so long this year! It's winter now, though. I finally got out my winter jacket after getting chilled all the way through last weekend at the parade.
I shouldn't complain because so many people in this world are perpetually cold. They don't have any way to warm themselves at all. For us, there are plenty of ways stay warm, including wearing sweaters, gloves, hats, & coats, wrapping up in a nice blanket, drinking a mug of tea, or sitting by a blazing fire. I'm very thankful for those comforts.
The Bup told me that he's been extra cold this year. His office at work is chilly, our house temp is set at 65, & winter's just beginning!
In addition to all the ways we can wrap our bodies in warmth, I went searching for ways to feed us that will warm us up from the inside out. I ran across the idea that baking/roasting your foods makes them more warming to the body. There was a conflicting notion, however, that raw foods keep you warm because they require extra energy to bring to body temperature & digest. Either way, a good balance is healthy & I really love feeling that warm blast of air when I open the oven door!
Here's a list of naturally warming foods that I found & compiled for you! I know we'll be using it to eat from through the winter. It's supposed to be a cold one.
*Foods with a Warming Energy*
Herbs & Spices:
Basil - Basil Almond Pesto
Black & white pepper
Cayenne - Pinto Spelt Burgers
Cinnamon - Pumpkin Banana Muffins
Cumin - Roasted Curried Root Vegetables
Garlic - Roasted Garlic & Kale Spread
Ginger - Apple Pumpkin Beer Bread
Nutmeg - Hot Cross Buns
Paprika - Cajun Seasoning Mix
Nuts, Seeds & Grains:
Chestnuts - Roasted Chestnuts
Millet - Vegetable Millet Salad
Oats - Crock Pot Steel Cut Oats
Quinoa - Curried Pumpkin Quinoa Soup
Wild rice - Wild Rice, Pumpkin & Cannellini Soup
Condiments & Sweeteners:
Honey - Honey Mustard & Onion Potato Wedges
Rice wine or vinegar
Vinegars - Rossetti's Italian Vinaigrette
Fruits & Vegetables:
Carrots - Carrot Spice Cake
Coconut - Poppity Popcorn
Green/red bell peppers - Pepper-only Pizza
Onion - Attempting Chipotle Burritos
Root vegetables - Roasted Beets
Squash - Roasted Curried Butternut Squash
Sweet potatoes - Sweet Potato Beer Fries
Eat well & stay warm!
[My main sources were here, here, & here.]