Hey ho, winter is well and truly here! It’s our favourite season, and whether you’re up North huddled up in razais or down South enjoying the brief respite from the heat, there’s one thing that should be common to all of you. A staple that should be an essential part of your meals- Ragi. Our good old superfood is widely grown in Africa and Asia and by virtue of its versatility, is now used in myriad ways from whole grains and flour to newer forms like chips and smoothies, and has made itself an integral part of our pantries. If you didn’t already know, let’s give you a quick introduction to the many names of Ragi across India.
Across the country and spanning all seasons - Ragi is an excellent part of any diet but as the temperature drops, it has a few specific qualities that make it a fantastic winter food.
1. A little less brrr
That’s right. Ragi goes a long way towards helping you stay warm for longer.
2. Avoiding the dreaded “winter weight”
Let’s face it - while we love piling on the jackets and sweaters, one phenomenon we end up facing is a slight but unavoidable weight gain in these chilly months. This increase in chub quotients has several reasons, including the need for more energy to meet the cold which results in overeating, shorter days which could throw eating habits off track, and less sunshine which leads to less Vitamin D.
3. Keeping the sad at bay
No matter how much you love winter, you may find yourself a bit lethargic, dull and depressed in these few months. In medical terms, this is called Seasonal Affective Disorder, aptly acronymed to SAD. This is triggered by a decrease in sunlight, leading to a drop in serotonin - the happiness hormone. Studies have shown that ragi acts as a natural relaxant, and helps dealing with feelings of depression, anxiety and insomnia.
So there you go. Pick a Soulfull product, or pick several. Revel in the goodness of Ragi. And be assured that by making this addition to your kitchen, you get a whole host of benefits that will last you this winter and beyond. Think of it as one big hug from our team to you - one that will keep you warm, happy, healthy and content.