It’s that time of the year when you want to stay in your blanket and sip cups of coffee & hot drinks. Here is the list of best top 10 winters foods especially for the Vegetarians that will not just keep them warm, but will keep them fit through winter too.

ORANGES Winter is the season for fresh citrus fruits and oranges are our top pick here. Rich in Vitamin C, oranges consumed whole or in the form of juice help build immunity against common cold and cough.

APPLES Well, we have all heard it – “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away”. Apples are known for its properties that boost cardiovascular health and prevent dementia. Research suggests that apples may reduce the risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer. Winter is the season for apples, and eating seasonal fruits is both healthy and affordable. So stock up on juicy apples and enjoy the winter chill.

GUAVA Guavas are rich in dietary fiber, vitamins A and C, folic acid, and the dietary minerals, potassium, copper and manganese. Having a generally broad, low-calorie profile of essential nutrients, a single common guava fruit contains about four times the amount of vitamin C as an orange. One cup of raw guava contains more than 8,500 micrograms of the antioxidant lycopene, which may help prevent coronary artery disease. Pair it with blue cheese and figs for a snack.

POMEGRANATE Pomegranates are a good source of polyphenols, plant chemicals that fight inflammation. It is also a good source of minerals like calcium and phosphorus. Mix the Pomegranates seeds into oatmeal for more flavor and crunch.

NUTS AND DRIED FRUITS Most nuts contain selenium, which is thought to help prevent depression and be vital for good mental health. Dried fruits are known to retain a large amount of the nutritious quotients of fresh fruits. Therefore, they are essential providers of nutrients in the absence of their fresher counterparts. Together with other nuts, they up the quality of diet and their regular consumption, especially in winter, helps combat risks to health.

SPINACH AND PEAS Green vegetables like spinach and peas are packed full of iron, which plays a vital role in preventing anaemia. More common than you might think, anaemia sufferers are likely to have difficulty concentrating and feel tired during the day.

KIWIFRUIT This exotic fruit is another rich source of Vitamin C. One Kiwi contains about 100 milligrams of immunity-boosting vitamin C. A pinch of salt added to freshly cut kiwis may make for a grand entry to your breakfast or evening tea time. Add kiwi slices to a spinach salad.

CARROT Carrots complete your body’s requirement of vitamins B, C, D, E and K, while the carotene gets converted to Vitamin A later.  Carrots are also rich in dietary fibre, antioxidants, and minerals.Ethnomedically, the roots are used to treat digestive problems, intestinal parasites, and tonsillitis or constipation.

SWEET POTATOES Sweet potatoes are highly nutritious roots.  They are also a good source of dietary fibre and carbohydrates. They are also a good source of Vitamins A and C and a good source of minerals like manganese and copper. Typically orange or yellow-fleshed, sweet potatoes offer all the versatility of white potatoes with incomparable nutritional content. With very few calories and virtually no fat, just one medium sweet potato contains 0.14 ounces of fiber plus 0.07 ounces of vegetable protein. So have them, boiled, baked or even in a soup!

DARK CHOCOLATE OR COCOA Chocolate can make you feel better; it’s especially good for you if you stick to good quality dark chocolate with a high cocoa content and steer clear of sugar-rich, inferior products. A mug of brimming hot cocoa does not just sound wonderful, but can work wonders for your winter diet too. Cocoa is known to help the cardiovascular functioning of the body since it is a food rich in flavonoids.

Apart of all these, daily morning eat 2 to 3 leafs of Tulasi…

The above list is sure to keep you hearty and healthy during this winter. So, make sure you skip none…

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