Healthy Foods to Bring You Through the Winter

Cooler temps, fewer daylight hours, and more time spent inside while COVID-19 is still a major concern can all have a significant effect on when, how much, and even what we’re hungry for. But just because we’re more likely to lean towards hunkering down with mugs of hot chocolate and bottomless bowls of chili or cheesy pasta from late autumn to spring, doesn’t mean that we should. After all, diet choices can affect not only our weight but our mood as well. 

Moreover, decreased physical activity in chilly winter results in gastrointestinal discomfort or gives power to gastrointestinal disorders. Therefore keeping oneself active and healthy is the greatest challenge in this wickedly cold season, hence making it essential to maintain a healthy gut during the relentlessly unapologetic winter months.  

Below, you will find healthy foods for your gut and also a few recipe ideas. Stay warm and healthy.  

Natural Foods for a Healthy Gut 

Whole Grains 

No matter what season it is, whole grain foods are wonderful friends to your gut. Packed and loaded with numerous vital nutrients, whole grains like maize, barley, oats, are just perfect to keep you warm and usher away the icy fingers of winter from knocking on your door.  

Sesame Seeds 

The immense health benefits of sesame seeds cannot be ignored. They are known to be affluent in iron, copper, zinc, and different vitamins. They can help you in keeping the winter flu away while laying the foundations to build robust immunity. It’s no surprise to find sesame seeds included in the ingredients of a myriad of different winter desserts.  


The magical gifts ginger bestows have been known far and wide for generations. Besides the delicious flavour and its capability to enhance and elevate any dish, ginger supplies much-needed warmness in the cold winter season. A warm cup of ginger tea, as you head to bed, will you ease from indigestion, winter sinuses, stiff joints, and even the seasonal cold & cough. 

Dry Fruits 

If you suffer from the lethargy that winter months can bestow, fear not. Dry fruits like almonds, walnuts, dates, cashews, and pistachio not only support generating warmth within the body, but also provide you the stamina to fight back against this laziness and allow you to get stuck in on your day and beyond.  


Made from sugarcane, jaggery is one of the best food items to be consumed during the winter season. It is a natural cleansing agent which is also beneficial in curing a cold and cough. This is such a mighty food that it can also strengthen your immunity while improving the production of digestive enzymes. Check it out and stock up.  

Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Brussels Sprouts  

Another fresh find when the air is nippy: cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts. They are incredibly good for you and great for roasting. Just toss them with a little olive oil and a little salt and pepper, and stick them in the oven until they start to brown. 


One nutrient experts agree is vital in winter is vitamin D. The limited daylight hours, the change in the wavelength of the sun’s rays, and less time spent outdoors mean most of us aren’t absorbing as much from the sun as we do in warmer weather, and vitamin D has been shown to play a crucial role in maintaining mood. Thankfully salmon is bursting with this important vitamin.  

Recipe Ideas for Warm Winter Dishes 

During winter, soups, casseroles, and bakes are the name of the game. These hot, easy dishes will get you through the season. 

Beef Stroganoff 

Super rich flavours perfect for a chilly evening 

Coconut Curry Salmon 

The coconut milk and spice go so well together, making a rich, but not heavy, sauce that really tastes and feels far more complicated than it is. 

Vegetarian Lasagna 

Two words: cheesy & saucy. 

Black Pepper Chicken 

This savory, spicy, and saucy Chinese-American inspired stir fry makes for the ideal crowd-pleasing weeknight meal or Sunday night meal prep menu item. 

Easy Cajun Jambalaya 

Spicy, hearty, and incredibly flavourful. 

Chicken Stroganoff 

A bit lighter than the original beef stroganoff, but just as flavourful 

Ramen Chicken Noodle 

Two comfort foods rolled into one. 

Sweet Potato Chili 

This healthy soup is paleo friendly...and tastes just as cozy as your favourite pair of sweatpants. 

Ramen Carbonara 

Upgrade your ramen without much effort. 

Sesame-Ginger Beef 

This is the most flavourful a stir fry could ever be. 

So, there you have it. Be sure to stock up on the afore-mentioned essentials. Stay warm and get cozy with some of these delicious recipe ideas. And, most importantly, stay healthy and happy!