A simmering pot of savory stew fills the air to the delight of your nostrils as you enter the kitchen. The spicy stew warms you from the inside out, removing the chill from spending time outdoors in the cold weather.
Before houses were equipped with central heating systems, and most men earned their living working outdoors, people counted heavily on the foods they ate to generate heat and warm the body in winter.
Ever wonder why you have more of an appetite when it's cold out? Your body burns more calories trying to keep you warm. A lower body temperature stimulates the appetite. When spending time outside during cold weather: skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling or working, you'll appreciate foods that release energy during digestion, thus having a warming effect on your body.
An easy way to introduce foods with warming qualities is to add "warming spices" to the foods you prepare. Look for recipes that feature the following spices. As you'll see, these culinary seasonings can be used in a wide array of dishes from soups to stir-fry, roast, breads, hot tea, other warm beverages, and more.
Can't shake that cold, chilly feeling? Add a pinch of one or a combination of these culinary, warming spices to your next dish or hot beverage to warm you from the inside out! Bring on the heat!
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About the Author:
Deborah Tukua is a nonfiction author, and editor of Journey to Natural Living. She is author of seven books including, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats: 55 Fresh from the Blender Recipes, and Marketing Strategies for Chiropractic Success. Deborah has been a regular lifestyle feature writer for the Farmers' Almanac since 2004.
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