If you think Gelato is just a summer thing, you might want to change your mind: gelato is wonderful and healthy in winter!
One of the stereotypes related to the world of gelato is certainly the one that says gelato should only be enjoyed in summer. A real hoax, because gelato is a food that we can define an evergreen, and it’s suitable for all seasons, actually even better if eaten in winter.
The nutrients and calories analysis in artisanal gelato, as well as of the effects of its consumption when it is cold outside, proves that ice cream in winter brings various benefits either to the body and mind. Please note we are referring to artisanal gelato, a food prepared with high quality
First of all, mineral salts, vitamins A, B6, B12, D and E, phosphorus and calcium, make artisanal gelato an excellent strengthener for the bones and for the immune system. This is true especially during the winter, when the last one is severely tested.
While we eat gelato, our brain subconsciously associates it with moments of happiness and serenity, awakening the memories of lovely moments of our childhood. Thanks to these elements, gelato stimulates the production of serotonin (the hormone of happiness), and this is great especially in winter when our good mood can be compromised by cold and bad weather. Two other important benefits of eating gelato in winter are the reduction of stress and the improvement of sleep quality. Tryptophan, an amino acid that can be found in milk, is in fact able to help lowering the level of stress in our body, while relaxing the nervous system.
Paradoxically, consuming a cold food such as gelato, during the winter would ultimately help alleviate intolerance to low temperatures. In particular, the artisan gelato, thanks to its refreshing action is also an excellent help to relieve sore throat.
Finally, lovers of the perfect silhouette can consume good gelato with no pangs of conscience. You may just pay attention to the flavors choice, going for those ones which are prepared with less caloric raw materials. For example, fruit gelato or sorbet contain on average 200 kcal per 100 g, thus proving to be a healthy and easily digestible snack. In addition, flavors like hazelnut and dark chocolate have antioxidants and beneficial properties for the skin and hair.
Even in winter the rule says that it is good to have gelato away from meals. Gelato is a perfect snack for all seasons, as long as you don’t overload the servings. In winter, you can enrich its flavor with melted chocolate, which at the same time mitigates the cold impact.
Unlike the hot season, this season you can really indulge yourself in the choice of flavor! In fact, winter is the ideal time to try unusual tastes. Excellent is the choice of creams, which on the palate are soft and not too frozen. All those flavors made with variations of chocolate, biscuits or nougat are perfect. Green light also to gelato made with spices, such as cinnamon and ginger, and also to the most traditional flavors, such as our signature AFFOGATO AL CAFFÈ!
Enjoy a delicious sip of Italian Espresso with Vanilla gelato and whipped cream: definitely the best way to beat the cold winter outside!