The rains are pouring incessantly and yes I have been waiting to soak in some sunshine. So have been the boys. And then this is also the season when my boys fall ill the most. A niggling cough and cold, fever and more. Yes, we love playing in the rains but children with stronger immunity are likely to enjoy this season more. Choosing the right immunity boosting foods for monsoons work a long way for good health.
Let’s enjoy monsoons, just a bit more! Rather than rushing to your doctor at the drop f a hat, let look at quick immunity boosting foods for monsoons that are good for you as well your kids.
Here are 5 immunity-building foods for monsoons that kids and your family will love to indulge in this season.
5 Immunity boosting foods for monsoons
1. Turmeric milk
Probably one of the oldest recipes in our recipe books. We’ve drunk this golden milk when we were kids and so have our parents and we know how good this is! Turmeric in the milk is a powerful anti-oxidant that promotes immunity. All you need is one tumbler of piping hot turmeric milk to ease way the sniffles and congestion.
Recipe for Turmeric Milk:
Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Give it one boil and take off the gas. Add to this half a teaspoon of honey and half a teaspoon of turmeric powder mixed with a bit of water. Stir it blends completely. Place on gas again and place on lowest flame for abut 2 minutes till the flavours blend. Pour mixture through a strainer and drink it hot.
2. Fresh Fruits
Fresh fruits are packed with the goodness of natural antioxidants and the seasonal fruits that are available in the monsoon would naturally be packed with nutrients that help to boost the immunity levels. Cherries, apples, peaches and pears will contribute to up the immunity levels. Serve a generous portion of it as a snack. Ensure that you wash the fruits thoroughly before you serve them. Add half a teaspoon of white vinegar to a litre of water and soak the uncut fruits in it for at least 10 minutes before you wash it again and cut them.
You can also give them a snack of dry fruits or make your own healthy trail that will be a fab source of all the essential vitamins and minerals. Plus dry fruits are perfect immunity boosting foods for monsoons.
Must Read: Make your own healthy trail mix at home.
3. Herbal Water/Kesar Milk / Soups
One of best ways to boost your child’s immune system in monsoon is by giving them lots of warm drinks. Add a bit of basil leaves, cinnamon, half a teaspoon of honey and some ginger slices to water and boil for a few minutes. Cover it and let it steep for a while. Strain and serve while it is still warm.
Add a few strands of kesar to warm milk that can keep the sniffles and sore throat at bay. I quite love my bowls of hot soups that I make at least thrice a week in this season.
Must Read: How to brew Kashaya, a perfect health drink.
4. Cook the right food
Use the right spices when you cook in monsoon. Spices like turmeric, asafoetida (hing), coriander, fenugreek (methi), cloves, pepper and cinnamon keep the flu and bay. Ginger, garlic and curry leaves should be added generously to your lentils to flush out the toxins and sinuses from the body. I love this simple khichadi recipe that is more often than not a comfort food that I love to indulge in.
5. Eat food rich in Vitamin C
Food that are rich in Vitamin C are perfect immunity boosting foods for monsoon. Lemon, oranges, ginger are some the foods rich in Vitamin C. Juice a few oranges with some ginger, a dash of lemon juice and some basil. Not only is it a great immunity booster but also a rich source of Vitamin C.
Amla is another fruit that is rich in Vitamin C and it can be eaten raw as well added to juices to boost the immunity levels.
What are some of your immunity boosting foods for monsoons that you do include in your diet for your kids and family? Share it in the comments.