Know what to add and what to avoid in your child's diet so that they grow strong and healthy without falling prey to illness. Food is what makes our body, so be mindful of what goes into it.
We all love Rains and the awesome Rainy season. However, the humidity and excess moisture that trudges along with it creates a perfect breeding ground for disease-causing germs to flourish.
During this time our immunity level reaches rock bottom and our chances of falling ill are at the pinnacle.
And when it comes to kids, the situation becomes more tricky, considering their carefree attitude and fussy eating habits.
So to avoid falling prey to cold, flu and other infections we must alter the meal plans of our family members to boost up their immune system. We can prepare their bodies to fight the invaders by including some seasonal items and chucking out some from our daily diet.
What to Add
Jambul, pears, plums, mangoes, apples, pineapples are great options. These are rich in vitamin C and A, antioxidants, and minerals required for a healthy body.
Taking Lukewarm milk with a pinch of turmeric before going to bed aids in increasing immunity levels. Its antibacterial properties and antioxidants make it ace the immunity-enhancing regimen.
Garlic is packed with antioxidants that boost immunity and regulate metabolism. Add this spice to your dishes to enhance its taste and nutritional value.
Hot soups give a sense of warmth to our littles ones during the rainy and winter season and are kids’ favourite too. So load up their soup with nutrition by adding seasonal vegetables and some herbs.
Daal(Pulses and lentils) are high in protein and energy and help your child combat any kind of seasonal infection.
Dry Fruits, Berries and Nuts
Nuts like almonds, walnuts and cashews are great sources of essential vitamins and minerals and aces the healthy snacks list for kids. Dried fruits and berries like raisins and munakka are great sources of iron and increase immunity.
I can swear by this easy home remedy that helps increase immunity and also aids in relieving symptoms of common cold, flu and cough. Simply add a few tulsi leaves, a pinch of turmeric, 1 clove, 2 black pepper kernels, little jaggery in one cup of water and boil until half.
What to Avoid
We all relish pakoras and other fried stuff when it pours. But honestly, deep-fried food items take a toll on your health, especially in this season.
Raw sprouts, vegetables and salad can bother your digestive system in many ways during the rainy season. Instead try to steam your salad, sprouts and veggies(you can even saute seasonal veggies for a filling meal)
Banish watery fruits like watermelon, muskmelon, etc completely during the monsoon or the rainy season. These fruits can cause water retention and hence bloating
Legumes and Grains
Arduous to digest legumes such as Bengal gram or white gram, kidney beans, etc can give a tough time to your digestive system during this part of the year.
Green Leafy Vegetables
Green Leafy vegetables such as spinach, cabbage, etc get bugs or insects. Hence their consumption should be aborted in the season of rains.
Soft drinks, Ice creams and Golas
Please banish the entry of soft drinks, colas completely in your house as these harms your child’s health in every season. Ice creams and golas should also be avoided.
These are the things I add and avoid in my family’s daily diet. Do lemme know what special things you give yo your family members to boost their immunity in the rainy season. Follow these tips and let your little ones enjoy the rains.