We can’t control everything in our family members’ lives, but we can at least regulate what they put in their bodies. With the rising heatwave, kids’ appetite comes down crashing to nil.
On top of it all, the chances of falling prey to a variety of ailments is at its peak and digestion reaches nadir. In days like these, Mommies look for superfoods and drinks which are good in nutrition as well as taste.
So here is a list of a few summer foods and immunity-boosting fruits and smoothies that can be added to the diet chart of each member of your family. If you are wondering how to improve the immunity of your family members, then here is the answer.
Boon for summers, this superfruit has it all. Gulp chunks of it or simply put it in a blender and add some mint leaves, ice cubes and rock salt and enjoy a refreshing and healthy slush.
There are so many ways you can make this tremendously refreshing and soothing summer drink. Lemonade my way is a little different but is high on taste and health too. Add mint leaves, Babri, Tulsi and curry leaves to your regular neembu paani ingredients and blend them together with lots of ice. Don’t forget to add some rock salt and cumin seed powder. It is loaded with nutrients that strengthen your immune system and help your body fight the invasions of viruses and bacteria.
Its a glass-full of goodness. Sugarcane juice helps to increase immunity, digestion, energy levels and also aids in weight loss. It reduces cholesterol, regulates blood pressure, detoxifies the body and is great for our bones. Last but not least its alkaline nature helps prevent cancers like breast cancer and prostate.
Still, wondering how to increase immunity level? Full of antioxidants, potassium, calcium and magnesium this low-calorie drink is a perfect stress reliever in this scorching heat and is a great immunity-boosting drink.
Buttermilk or Chaach
It’s an excellent drink to fight dehydration. And is also a good source of calcium, vitamin B complex, proteins and potassium, iron, sodium and Zinc. A glass of chaach everyday can regulate your blood pressure, keep cholesterol levels under check and also aids indigestion.
Sattu (powdered roasted gram)
A humble superfood of India which has immense health benefits for everyone from athletes to pregnant women to senior citizens. If you are feeling drained and dehydrated because of the sun or have done a heavy workout, a glass of sattu sharbat is all that you would need to get you back on your toes in a jiffy. It is about 20% protein by weight and contains calcium, iron, manganese and magnesium.
Gond katira (Tragacanth Gum)
Soak overnight a little gond katira in a bowl of water and add it to half a cup of cold milk. You can add any flavour to your milk as gond katira tastes bland. So add sugar syrup or rose or badam sharbat to your milk and bid goodbye to the heatwave. It helps the body in regulating its temperature in the scorching heat.
Pineapples are available all year round and are very high on manganese and vitamin C. Hence boosts your immunity dramatically. It tastes amazing and is a perfect option for any sort of smoothie or mocktails.
Fruits like Cherry, Jambul, Falsa, Melons, Mangoes, litchi, Kiwi, green almonds, etc must be consumed on a daily basis as they are seasonal and full of summer-friendly nutrients. Just throw some of your favourite fruits in the mixer and blend all the goodness into a yummy yet healthy fruit smoothie. Or grab a plate and put your favourite fruits and enjoy yummy summer snack or even low cal summer dessert.
This summer let’s fight this battle with the blazing sun in a healthy and nutritious way. All these smoothies, summer drinks and snacks are great on taste and natural immune boosters for your kids. So just ditch high on sugar sodas, aerated soft drinks, and switch to these desi and easily available options.