MGM's guide to immunity boosting foods
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EAT HEALTHY. STAY HEALTHY
DEPARTMENT OF NUTRITION, DIETETICS AND FOOD AND BEVERAGE
MGM’S GUIDE TO IMMUNITY BOOSTING FOODS
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, while importance is being placed on following strict personal hygiene and social distancing during this lockdown period, equal importance should be placed on nutrition.
Try out these easy recipes of immunity-boosting drinks to keep you calm and healthy every day.
Caloric value for 100 ml is 20 kcal
Green tea / Tea leaves – 1 bag / ½ teaspoon
Tulsi – 10 leaves
Mint – 5 leaves
Karpuravalli (if available) – 2 leaves
Ginger (dry or fresh) – 1 small piece
Lemon – juice of ½ lemon
Honey – 1 teaspoon
– Crush the ginger and boil it with the tulsi, mint and karpuravalli leaves for 10 minutes.
– Add the tea leaves or green tea bag to the water and leave it to steep for a minute.
– Finally, add the lemon juice and honey.
Easy, isn’t it? Three cups of immunity tea every day can be beneficial to ease a sore throat, cough, cold, headache, and relieve stress and emotional eating. It has a good amount of antioxidants and vitamin C, which boost your immunity.
Caloric value for 100 ml is 30 kcal
Murungai keerai (Drumstick leaves) – 2 handfuls
Ginger – 1 piece
Garlic – 4 pods
Pepper powder – ½ teaspoon
Salt to taste
– Boil the murungai keerai (drumstick leaves), ginger and garlic for ten minutes.
– Add salt and pepper to taste.
– Strain the soup and it’s ready to drink.
This simple soup is rich in iron, antioxidants and vitamin A. Ginger and garlic are natural antiseptics and pepper is great for colds and coughs. It is best had once a day, preferably in the evening.
BADAM MASALA MILK
Caloric value: Energy – 200 kcal, Protein – 11 g
Milk – 150 ml
Badam (Almonds) – 10 nos or 4 teaspoon of badam powder
Pepper powder – ¼ teaspoon
Turmeric powder – 2 pinch
– Soak the badams in water and remove the skin before grinding it into a paste.
– Boil the milk and add the badam paste, pepper powder and turmeric powder. Use badam powder if readily available.
This milk is rich in protein, calcium and vitamin E. Pepper powder and turmeric powder are known for their effects on colds and coughs. It is a bedtime stress buster, especially for the elderly as it can also help with insomnia and restlessness.
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