Our favourite time of the year is here! Yes, we’re talking about winter. There’s so much to do, snuggle in those warm woollen clothes, sleep a little extra, buy gifts and decorate the Christmas tree! It’s also the time when you can easily catch a cold and to make sure it doesn’t ruin your holiday plans, Pride of Cows brings you a list of foods that will keep you healthy this winter.

Mushrooms

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http://www.lifestylefood.com.au/articles/shiitake-mushroom-morsels.aspx

Mushrooms are packed with vitamins, polyphenols, sterols and zinc all of which are known for keeping our immune system strong and healthy. The beta glucan present in mushrooms activates white blood cells which are essential to fight infections.

Ways to include them in your diet

  • They make the best pizza topping! Add different varieties and bake hot and delicious pizzas for those cold winter evenings.
  • Give your immune system a boost by adding button mushrooms to omelettes.

Dry fruits

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Nuts and other dry fruits like dried figs, dates and apricots are known to provide natural warmth to your body. If you were looking for a reason to munch on a bowl of nuts, we just gave you one.

Ways to include them in your diet

  • Roast some nuts if you like them crunchy and keep it in your bag to munch on them during breaks.
  • Add them to your bowl of breakfast cereal and give your body the much needed warmth.

Ginger and Garlic

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http://www.ganeshantigua.com/blog/indian-food/top-5-anti-inflammatory-vegetables-spinach-ginger-cauliflower-garlic-sweet-potato/

These powerful antioxidants are a must-have for winter. Their anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties ward off infections and boost your immune system.

Ways to include them in your diet

  • Grind few cloves of garlic with cooked chickpeas, lemon, and olive oil to make delectable Hummus.
  • Add ginger to your morning cup of tea and kick start your day on a healthy note.

Ghee

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http://www.polkacafe.com/benefits-of-ghee-1230.html

Remember how your Mom always added an extra spoon of ghee in your dal or on parathas? That’s because your body requires it, especially during winters. Winter tends to make your skin dry and your joints ache. Including ghee in your diet will make your skin supple, lubricate your joints as well as aid digestion.

Ways to include it in your diet

  • Prepare a delicious sweet using ghee and serve it as dessert.
  • Take hints from your Mom!

Milk

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http://www.newhealthadvisor.com/How-Much-Milk-Should-I-Drink-a-Day.html

How can we forget our superhero while discussing health and winter? Don’t forget your daily glass of healthy and delicious Pride of Cows milk to stay active and stimulate your immune system.

Ways to include it in your diet

  • Ward off cold and flu by adding turmeric to a hot glass of milk and drink it before going to bed at night.
  • Apply it on your skin and say good bye to dry skin.

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