Serve up de­lec­ta­ble mon­soon bites

Cer­ti­fied neu­traceu­ti­cals ex­pert Gau­tam Kapoor sug­gests the best food op­tions for the hu­mid sea­son at hand.

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The mon­soon can get re­ally hu­mid. What we eat can very of­ten add to our body tem­per­a­ture, mak­ing us even more un­com­fort­able and dull. It is im­por­tant to un­der­stand which foods are best for dif­fer­ent sea­sons. The right foods also help keep a check on our diet and PH lev­els. Food af­fects our mood. This is why it is im­por­tant to eat right to stay bright.

HERE ARE A FEW EAT­ING MANTRAS FOR THE MON­SOON...

Don’t let the weather sway you into in­dulging in junk food. Tweak the way your favourite foods are cooked if you must in­dulge. Use an air fryer to make your favourite vada pao and samosa! Corn is a nu­tri­ent-rich food grain. It is pow­er­packed with vi­ta­mins, min­er­als and fi­bre, plus it’s a great en­ergy booster. Corn is easy and en­joy­able to munch on. Sip on a fresh lime soda spiked with honey in­stead of sugar. Or en­joy a cup of warm le­mon ginger tea to lighten your­self af­ter the corn munch ses­sion.

Spinach is a highly recommended food through the year. This leafy green veg­etable is packed with B vi­ta­mins like Fo­late, B3, B6 and B12. When cooked, it is eas­ier to digest; help­ing you stay light and en­er­getic. These vi­ta­mins have been found to re­duce the in­ci­dence of mood dis­or­ders, de­men­tia and dis­or­ders of the CNS (Cen­tral Ner­vous Sys­tem). For more op­tions for folic acid foods, in­clude beans, greens and pasta. Good B2 op­tions are eggs, poul­try and seafood. Broc­coli is an ef­fec­tive mood el­e­va­tor. It is a pow­er­house of nu­tri­ents, an­tiox­i­dants and vi­ta­min C. Its fi­bre con­tent helps pre­vent overeat­ing. Broc­coli is an­other B vi­ta­min bo­nanza. Hot soups with fresh herbs are an in­ter­est­ing op­tion. Try to use min­i­mal salt, how­ever. Re­mem­ber your daily salt in­take should not ex­ceed 6 grams per day. Herbs are packed with an­tiox­i­dants and help make soups healthy and su­per savvy. Amaranth helps you beat hu­mid­ity and is quite a ver­sa­tile food. You can gorge on amaranth pan­cakes, have it as part of your ce­real, amaranth bread and so on. It is packed with pro­tein and was the sta­ple diet of the Aztecs and Mayans. Hum­mus and lavash make a de­li­cious healthy op­tion. Lie back on your ham­mock (if you don’t have one, get one!) in your bal­cony and munch away.

“Corn is a nu­tri­en­trich food grain. It is power-packed with vi­ta­mins, min­er­als and fi­bre, plus it’s a great en­ergy booster. Corn is easy and en­joy­able to munch on.”

“It is grat­i­fy­ing to know that eat­ing the right food is not only good for us phys­i­cally, but it has great ef­fects on our brain too.”

Sugar cane is good dur­ing the hu­mid weather as it is a great coolant for the body. It is also packed with vi­ta­mins. A home­made wa­ter­melon dessert is ideal if you have a sweet crav­ing and yet want to stay light and bright. This un­baked op­tion can in­clude fresh rasp­ber­ries and blue­ber­ries. You can also in­clude crushed al­monds and gra­nola.

It is grat­i­fy­ing to know that eat­ing the right food is not only good for us phys­i­cally, but it has great ef­fects on our brain too. In a nut­shell, be con­scious about junk food as it is packed with trans fats and sat­u­rated fats that keep you slug­gish. Eat right, feel alive and stay bright. Re­mem­ber, your scale will tell the tale. Gau­tam Kapoor is a cer­ti­fied neu­traceu­ti­cals ex­pert and an author. He wrote the em­pow­er­ing book ‘Don’t Be Fooled’ which was fea­tured at the pres­ti­gious Miami Book Fes­ti­val. It fo­cused on su­per­foods, anti-ag­ing, mi­cro and macro nu­tri­ents, stress man­age­ment, emo­tional eat­ing and more.

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