8 Immunity Boosting Foods for Winter!
Cosy blankets, warm shrugs, cold mornings and sunny afternoons! Yes, the winter is here and this is the time when we all look forward to spending some time outdoors during the sunny afternoons to beat the cold. As much as we are excited to welcome the new season, we forget the difficulties that it comes with, especially for our little ones. With the decreasing immunity, our body becomes susceptible to many diseases like cold and cough, thus increasing the need to include the immunity boosting foods in our diet.
Keeping covered with warm clothes is one part of the story. But we also need to make sure that the diet is well-balanced to increase the immunity and the resistance of the body. So nurture your mind and body with the adequate amount of rest and the right diet and see the magic that nature has in store for you!
Here are some foods that can help keep your body warm and increase the immunity.
1. Whole Grains
First and foremost in the list are the whole grains like Oats, Barley, Quinoa and Amaranth. These grains are rich in Iron, Calcium, Proteins and Fiber much needed to increase your body’s fighting ability.
You may try any of our packs with these grains for your babies and family to make porridges, smoothies, dosas, soups or as simple as a chapathi.
While most of our products contain one or more of these grains, some of the must-try products are –
- Millet Mix Cereal – Mix of whole grains and lentils along with some Indian spices
- Quinoa Khichdi – Protein booster
- Sprouted Jowar Moong Dosa – sprouts increase the vitamin C content and hence the iron absorption
- Barley Porridge – excellent diuretic
- Amaranth Poha with Dates – Iron booster!
- Pear and Oats Porridge – rich in natural fiber
2. Loads of vegetables
Plenty of vegetables like Tomatoes, Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Beetroot, Broccoli and Spinach that are rich in vitamins like A, C, D & E along with Iron, Calcium, beta-carotene and anti-oxidants.
One of the ways to include these in your diet is through hot soups loaded with vegetables because this will provide a warm soothing effect along with the nutrition boost to your diet.
Therefore, to add vegetables to your diet without any extra effort, introduce BabyStaples soups in your menu. Firstly, they can be prepared in a jiffy and secondly, they are just like homemade soups without any refined flour and thickening agents.
Furthermore, try your creativity by adding a spoon of barley or amaranth flours to the soups to naturally thicken them and to get that additional kick of nutrition!
3. Dryfruits and Nuts
Dry fruits and nuts like Almonds, Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Walnuts, Chia Seeds and Flax seeds – these not only help increase the protein intake but also provide vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids and minerals like magnesium much needed for the repair of your body cells and tissues.
One of the products that is especially relevant here is our dry-fruit mix loaded with these nuts – Nutri Power
4. Dates & Jaggery
Dates and Jaggery – natural iron-rich foods excellent to keep your body warm.
5. Ginger & Garlic
Flavanoids in Ginger, garlic keep your indigestion problems away and help increase your immunity levels. Hence, sipping a hot ginger tea with lemon and honey in the morning provides a refreshing start.
6. Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruits like oranges, apricots, Kiwis and Strawberries help increase your white blood cell count.
7. Indian Spices
Indian spices like Carom Seeds (Ajwain), Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Turmeric have excellent medicinal properties and are widely used in Ayurveda.
8. Homemade Ghutti
The traditional recipe with a blend of Indian spices does wonders in giving you and your family not only the required immunity boost but also a relief from common cold and cough. Find the recipe here.
Last but not the least, try to get plenty of rest and drink lots of water to keep yourself mentally and physically fit. So stay healthy and enjoy the cold weather. Happy winters!
Do leave your comments on which tip worked the most for you and also if you have any other valuable additions to this list 🙂