Warming Foods

Stay warm this winter by choosing foods that heat your body from the inside. Foods like soups and stews are not only nourishing and hearty, but they also provide penetrating warmth that will keep you cozy during the frosty months ahead.

When you make them “from scratch” without preservatives and unnecessary filler ingredients, they are excellent winter options that both keep you toasty and help you stay hydrated in the dry cold of winter. Recipes like our Shitake Miso Soup, featured in our meal planning site, are simple winter meals that are loaded with warming spices like turmeric, ginger and a hint of cayenne for extra heat.  

Chili, beef stew, and chicken-wild rice soup are other great options. These also freeze well, which makes them easy to store and heat up for a quick, warming meal. When time allows, you should make your own soups and stews, but buying soup can be just fine if you choose those that are made with simple, real ingredients.

Another way to make your life a little warmer during the winter months is to begin your day with a warm meal.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day in any season, but it’s even more important in the winter. Choose a breakfast that will provide sustaining nourishment and warmth. A hot, nutritious meal, with cooked whole grains like oatmeal, farro or even brown rice can work! Add apples, cinnamon and nuts or seeds. Not only will this help you feel fuller longer, but it will send you out the door more resilient to the cold.