What Foods Keep You Warm?
From the Doctor’s Blog Jan 19, 2016
Here’s a little something to steal from the French – soup as a first course. It not only makes you feel fuller before your meal – reducing overall calorie intake – but the warmth immediately turns your internal temperature up.
Lunch or dinner, a nice warm bowl of soup hits the spot in winter months. If you are concerned with calories stick to broth soups. Broth soups have a high water content and significantly lower calories than cream-based soups.
We’ve all heard that ginger is great for upset stomachs (mom always kept some Ginger Ale in her cabinet) but ginger has another fascinating property – it revs up your metabolism. Increasing ginger in your diet will increase blood circulation by which we feel warm. Try adding ginger to your salads, tea and stir-fry meals.
Oatmeal (and Whole Grains)
Oatmeal offers whole grains and protein. It also contains beta glucan, a soluble fiber which studies have shown to lower blood cholesterol and stimulate the immune system. It has also been known to stimulate energy, which in cold months can keep you active and warm.
Green tea offers the effects of caffeine and catechin epigallocatechin gallet (EGCG), both are known to create a warming effect on the body. EGCG is used in many dietary supplements and appears to have powerful antioxidant effects which inhibit the growth of cancer.
According to the Center for Medical Weight Loss “Studies have shown green tea drinkers burn calories and oxidize fat faster than those who drink other caffeinated beverages. More research needs to be done to determine if it can significantly benefit your weight loss program, but you can still reap plenty of health benefits like preventing certain cancers and lowering your risk for heart disease.”
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