Our energy level drops when the temperature drops. The metabolism decreases when one is exposed for a prolonged period to cold temperatures. It is possible to not walk down the stairs or stand in the kitchen for more than a few hours during this time. Winter brings with it the temptation to eat rich foods, which not only fill your stomach but also increases your weight.

Dt. Luna Jaiswal offers a wide range of healthy Indian food options to keep you warm and healthy this winter.

Dried Fruits & Nuts

Warm milk and cereals are a great way to start the day. You can add nuts such as almonds, walnuts or pistachios at your breakfast table to keep you warm throughout the day. Try dried fruits like figs, raisins, or apricots to add a unique twist to your breakfast of cereal, warm milk with Dalia (porridge), or oats.

Ginger, Tulsi

Warming up with a cup of hot tea made with ginger and Tulsi (Basil) is the best way to beat winter chills. Tulsi (Basil) is a sacred herb in Indian culture for its many benefits. Tulsi is anti-bacterial, antibiotic, and antiviral, which help to keep the body healthy. This herb can be used in teas as well as salads and dips. Ginger can also be used in teas, stews, food, and raw ginger, if you have a bad cough.

Leafy Greens and Root Vegetables

Second food in the list suggested by the Dt Luna Jaiswal: These top winter foods include green beans, amaranth and carrots. These foods are rich in nutrients like vitamin C and beta-carotene. You can include them with your soups, dals, and vegetables to get a variety of nutrition that will complement your fitness routine.


Indian food is known for its richness in spices. You can keep warm and in good shape with common spices like mustard, cumin seeds, black pepper, fenugreek, and asafoetida(Hing). It is very common to catch the flu or get colds during winter. You can keep the flu and cold away by drinking hot soups such as vegetable or chicken soup. Hot liquids speed up the process because seasonings like onions and peppers travel in the vapour, opening the nasal passages. Mixing dry fenugreek with your Rotis or dals for lunch and dinner could not only make them delicious but also provide warmth.

Whole Grain, Cereals and Pulses

Second food in the list suggested by the Best dietician in Lucknow, India Luna Jaiswal: Jowar (Millet), Bajra(Pearl Millet), Makkai, Jau(Barley), Ragi (Finger Millet), and Makkai (Maize) are all common whole-grain cereals you could include in your roti. This will accompany your favorite vegetable or Dal so you don’t miss out on winter food fun. You can also enjoy Moong Dal pulses as a dinner option, or as Halwa if you’re looking for a sweet and healthy meal.


Ghee is believed to be good for your health, particularly weight. The same is supported by studies. Ghee is best consumed in moderation. Moderation is key to staying warm and healthy during dry winters.

These are some food options to keep you warm and healthy this winter by D.T Luna Jaiswal the Best dietician in Lucknow, India.