Serve up delectable monsoon bites
Certified neutraceuticals expert Gautam Kapoor suggests the best food options for the humid season at hand.
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.