Winter is coming and so is the feeling of coziness, warmth, and festivities. As winter approaches we may suffer from weak immunity, infections, seasonal flu. Keeping these at bay is not as difficult as it seems. It is essential to consume good quality protein, fiber, micronutrients, and antioxidants in the form of food or beverages. While there exist several warm beverages which you can enjoy during winters, not all of them are healthy. Let’s look at some healthy beverages to keep you warm and healthy:
Kahwa is a traditional green tea preparation that includes saffron, spices, and nuts in an exotic blend. This tea has been shown to cleanse our digestive system and help with easing the symptoms of gastrointestinal distress.
While it is recently gaining momentum in the west, ‘Haldi wala doodh’ has been long used in India to boost immunity and protect our body from diseases. This drink is best consumed before bedtime.
Hot lemon water
Drinking lemon in the morning is one of the best ways to start the day. It flushes the systems off toxins and rehydrates us after a good night’s sleep. Since this recipe is easy and has a very subtle taste, it is suitable for all age groups.
While popular during the Indian festival of Holi, this fermented probiotic drink is commonly consumed in the winters. It is made by fermenting black carrots and/or beetroot with mustard seeds. While the naturally pungent taste of this drink might take a while to adapt to, our gut will certainly be happy with this drink.
Spicy, sweet, and sour; Rasam is a package of all in one. The recipe of Rasam has uncountable variations. This makes it easy to alter the recipe to add numerous healthy ingredients.
Spiced hot apple cider
There are multiple documented benefits of apple cider- relieving heartburn, management of diabetes, pH regulation in the body, wards off flu and so many more. Coupled with spices, this drink becomes a health medley that is too good to refuse.
Kadha is essentially a concoction of Indian herbs and spices that are allowed to infuse in boiling water. Kadha is considered the epitome of building health during winters due to the abundance of antioxidants. Some commonly used ingredients that are added in kadha are tulsi, turmeric, clove, cinnamon, ginger, Giloy.
We often forget to hydrate ourselves during winters because of a lack of thirst. Fresh seasonal fruits and vegetable juices are the best way to hydrate ourselves. While making these juices it is best to not eliminate the fiber. Adding vegetables in juices is also a great way of making sure that kids get vegetables in their diet.
This list would be incomplete without India’s favourite ‘Masala chai.’ Popular, economical, easy to make- the Indian masala chai also gets 5 stars for being packed with antioxidants that are good for our body.