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It’s that time of year when your body is craving warm, comforting food to keep that chill at bay. It’s commonly referred to as soul food- the healthier cousin to comfort food. The days are short and the nights are long so cozy up to the idea of warming your insides with hot entrees, delicious spices, and steamy tonics.

Benefits of Warm Food in the Winter

Your body uses a lot of energy in the winter to try and keep warm. Eating cooked food gives it a break. You are also giving your digestion a break, because cooked foods are much easier on your digestive system than raw ones.

Aside from the health benefits, there’s something really satisfying about coming in from the cold and sitting to a great big bowl of something hot.

Warming tips:

  • Go heavy on the spices! Cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, and nutmeg go well with pretty much everything and do a wonderful job on your digestion.
  • Swap sugary foods for roasted sweet veggies like beets, and sweet potatoes. With just enough grill time, they are almost candy-like… almost.
  • Fall in love with soup as a meal. With just the right ingredients, it’s really all you need for a well-balanced dinner.

Here are some great recipes to warm you up:


Williams Sonoma’s Carrot Ginger Soup

Joy McCarthy’s (Joyous Health) Maca Hot Chocolate

Angela Liddon’s (Oh She Glows) Instant Pot Creamiest Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Jamie Oliver’s Chicken Hot and Sour Soup with Pumpkin

Indian Eggplant and Tomatoes with Fennel and Cumin



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