Of all the seasons, it is only the winter season which provides natural nourishment to the body and helps in keeping it healthy and increases physical strength and potency. The energy we store in winter is of use throughout the remaining part of the year.
During this season, the human body, in order to keep itself warm, generates a lot of energy as a protection against the cold weather and chilly winds. This warmth intensifies the fire of the stomach which helps to digest the food and strengthens the digestive system of a healthy and strong person. It is then able to digest heavier food taken in large quantity. Therefore, during the winter season nutritious food can be taken.
We should include such items in our diet which contain fat or sweet, salty, citrus, nutritious and which provide strength to the body.
Wheat, millet, maize, gram, moong, moth, black gram, masoor, etc. are especially beneficial. Besides, milk, clarified butter, mawa, rabri, kheer, cream, sweets, etc., are foods that provide energy. During winter, one likes to take carrot halwa and preparations of sesame seeds and jaggery.
Other food items like groundnuts, dates, papaya, banana, apple, pomegranate and cheeku are also beneficial. It is good to eat dates boiled in milk two hours after the evening meals. The use of garlic is also beneficial. It is not necessary to take costly nutritious food items in winter. You should also take carrots, radish, tomatoes and cucumber in the form of salad. The juice of amla, carrots and tomatoes is also highly beneficial. Therefore, you can get good nutrition at a low cost.