Winter is not a season, it’s a celebration of vibrance.
It’s a time for comfort, good food and warmth.
Mere thought of this vibrant phase brings smiles and memories.
Winter is quintessentially associated with monochrome and frigity, however your plate should still possess the vibrancy of variegated vegetables
For me winter means fog coming out of mouth (dhua from mouth ) mere thought of it brings a smile on my face, joy of sunbathing with a book. Wearing bright woolens, mufflers, scarf. It is symbolic to flaky snow, charming snowman, lucky mistletoe to array of cakes, brownies, rum balls, barbecues to our yummy sarson ka sag ,chikki, Kahwas, dates jaggery, ladoos and millions of mouth watering delicacies and above all it’s a time to enjoy your cuppa with your loved ones and to create endless memories.
After the interim phase comes the season of joy. Winter – the hibernating phase.
Winter is often defined by meteorologists to be the three calendar months with the lowest average temperatures. This corresponds to the months of December, January and February in the Northern Hemisphere, and June, July and August in the Southern Hemisphere.
During the Interim phase we gradually introduce different types of leafy vegetables especially during diwali.
Local Name English Name
1 Palak Saag Spinach
2 Lal Saag Red Amaranth
3 Kalmi Saag Water spinach
4 Sarso Saag Mustard Leaves
5 Muli saag Radish leaves
6 Pui Saag Malabar spinach
7 Methi Saag Fenugreek leaves
8 Paat Saag Tender jute leaves
9 Chola saag Bengal gram leaves
10 Helencha Saag Helencha leaves
11 Lauki saag Bottle gourd leaves
12 Kumro saag Pumpkin leaves
13 Kochu Saag Colocasia leaves
14 Notey Saag Amaranth
15 Bathua saag Wild spinach
16 Ol gobi Saag German Turnip leaves
And the list goes on..
A night before Diwali we start incorporating leafy vegetables which are barred during the interim phase because of rains and humidity. Which becomes the breeding ground of microorganisms and becomes unhealthy for the gut.
Remember our favorite cartoon character Popeye – the sailor man’s adventures with olive oil and Bluto and how having spinach would boost his energy. It’s symbolic ..isn’t it?
Spinach is a green leafy vegetable and Dark green leafy vegetables are an excellent source of fiber, folate, and carotenoids. These vegetables also contain vitamins C and K and the minerals iron and calcium. In addition, dark green leafy vegetables act as antioxidants in the body.
They prepare the body to protect from cold, cough and all kinds of infections.
Greens are our soldiers, Life guards protecting us from foreign invasion.
Benefits of eating Green leafy Vegetables (GLF)
- GLF helps in weight loss. GLF are low in calories; this is the biggest benefit. They are dense in nutrients which add to the brownie points.
2 .GLF are good for bone health. They are rich in Vitamin K.
Vitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin which helps in reducing inflammation, helps combat diabetes, helps reduce plaque formation in the arteries, and can even help delay the onset of bone ailments like osteoporosis and also aids in weight loss journey.
3. GLF is an immunity Booster. They prevent Diseases.
Since leafy green vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals that are needed to both boost the immune system as well as maintain an overall healthy body, they have been known to help prevent certain diseases as well. For example,
mineral deficiencies like
- iron deficiency (anaemia),
- poor eyesight,
- weight troubles,
- signs of ageing,
- poor immunity,
- blood clotting,
- folate deficiency,
- weak bones,
- heart diseases, and
- high cholesterol.
4.GLF are rich in Macronutrients and Micronutrients:
Many of them even have sufficient quantities of macronutrients as well. Some leafy green vegetables have complex carbohydrates, fibre, protein, and even minute traces of fat. For example, spinach being a classic dark green leafy vegetable provides 1 g of carbohydrate and 1 g of protein in each cup of serving.
Although micronutrients may be required in lower quantities in the body, they play a major part in helping boost the immune system and several other functions of the body. Green leafy vegetables contain essential micronutrients like beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. These can help prevent damage to the cells of our body and even enhance eyesight.
- GLF good for hair and skin
Remember the proverb you are what you eat. If gut health is good. Skin will shine.
Apart from these, green leafy vegetables are highly effective and beneficial for healthy skin and hair.
WINTERS ARE SEASON OF DRY FRUITS
Nuts and Seeds are a powerhouse of nutrition. It like dynamite loaded with nutrients.
Winter – In this hibernating phase we should include Nuts and Seeds .Season of love comes with tasty delicacies to combat cold.
Have many of you ever thought about the shapes of dry fruits??
’JAGO GRAHAK JAGO’
Come on lets play a Quiz/Tell me what is the shape of walnuts?
You are right. It is the shape of walnut approximates the brain looking like it has left and right hemisphere. And see its called BRAIN FOOD. It is loaded with polyunsaturated fat, omega-3fatty acids antioxidants, copper, folic acids, phosphorus, vitamin B6, vitamin – E and protein which are good for brain health.
- CASHEW NUTS
What about Cashew Nuts??
They look like our kidney. They are rich in Magnesium which plays an important role in 300 enzymatic reactions within body. They help in decreasing LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels. They reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease ,stroke, heart attack and take care of all major organs especially kidney.
And likewise the list continue. Every morsel we put in our mouth should be accordingly to the season and locality.
Eat local think global
In this season of love include your traditional sweets and savoury as well
Gajar ka Halwa
Gond ka ladoo
Nolen Gur rasgulla and sandesh
Remember everyone and everything on this earth is born for a reason and to accomplish their purpose. The sooner we realize it blissful state we are in. We need to calm ourselves to seek pleasure and attain knowledge from the Pandora Box.
For knowledge ,You should know that peace is an indispensable condition of getting it.
BEAUTY SURROUNDS US, BUT USUALLY WE NEED TO BE ONE WALKING IN A GARDEN TO KNOW IT..