Soup or fruit smoothies – What should you be consuming during winters?
Domlur, Bengaluru Feb 9, 2017
With winter just around the corner, it does not only mark the beginning of the holiday season, but also the time of the year when your wardrobe transforms from light summery pastels to bright coloured sweaters and leg warmers. But does this also mean you have to stop enjoying your cold refreshing summer smoothies and resort to warm winter soups for comfort and a healthy diet? Well, not necessarily so!
While soups are a great alternative to smoothies during the winter season, there are some exceptionally great recipes of warm smoothies that you can resort to as well! But, when the age old question of either or comes into consideration, make a choice according to your preference and liking!
This is because both soups and fruit smoothies are delicious as well as packed with nutrients, which will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. While the older members of your family will recommend that you resort to healthy and warm soups during the cold months, which is never a bad idea, you can still stick to smoothies if you want. Just try new recipes that will allow you to consume them warm, because no one wants to hit the sack with fever with holidays round the corner, right!
The following are a variety of delicious soups and delectable fruit smoothies, along with their health benefits that are ideal for the winter months:
- Go traditional with chicken soup
An excellent option for a nutritious yet delightful winter snack, chicken soup is easy to make and not at all time consuming. Moreover, it is rich in a particular type of amino acid, that helps cure bronchitis. In fact, the garlic as well as pepper added in the soup act as effective decongestants for the body. Thus, as the body mucous thins, breathing becomes easier. Chicken soup also has anti-inflammatory properties, which help prevent related health problems such as arthritis or heart disease.
- Get innovative with grain soups
You can definitely try the usual rice and wheat soups, but if you are looking for a healthier option, try other more benefiting grains such as millets, buckwheat and Amaranth. Although, these grains are not commonly used in soups, they are full of nutrients, vitamins and minerals which help maintain body weight and fight various diseases.
1. Amaranth is rich in Vitamin B and Vitamin C and helps maintain bone strength because of its ample calcium content.
2. Buckwheat prevents the onset of diabetes and is very healthy for patients with heart problem.
3. Millet is rich in manganese, iron and magnesium, minerals that are good for the heart.
- Stay healthy with veggie soups
You do not need to do much, when it comes to making vegetable soups. Just use the veggies available in your fridge and rest assured that they are packed with nutrients. In fact, you can also use various herbs such as rosemary, parsley and oregano to please your taste buds and enjoy your soup. Most of these herbs act as antioxidants for your body, keeping infections at bay.
WARM FRUIT SMOOTHIES
- Apple smoothie
Have you ever had warm blended apples? Don’t they taste as delicious as the apple pie? Spice the mixture up with cinnamon and vanilla extracts and pop it in the microwave for a couple of minutes. The fruit is not only a rich source of fibre, but also has plenty of vitamin C. Thus, it will also build-up the immune system to get you through the biting cold months.
- Banana smoothie
Bananas make tasty warm smoothies. You can stay active during the winter months with warm banana smoothies. One can make it even better by adding walnuts, dates and cinnamon. This fruit is rich in potassium, which helps effective nerve as well as muscle function.
- Orange, carrot smoothie
Certainly oranges and carrots are healthy. But are they appetizing enough? When blended into a smoothie, definitely yes! Both the ingredients are not only full of vitamins but also offer a refreshing start to the day.
Both soups and smoothies may be consumed all through the year, depending on one’s palate and preferences. Tweaking related recipes is just what is required to enjoy a satisfying healthy breakfast or snack.