How many times the thought of eating healthy food does cross your mind? Come on, let’s be honest, guess most of the day we think about our diet and healthy eating routine. It puts one in a dilemma whether to have the grilled sandwich, the three-tier chocolate cake one purchased, while seeing the diet plan silently walk out of the door.
Majority of us live lives where we have been stuck to a specific food routine and are trying every measure to get out of it. Amongst the numerous problems related to lifestyle, we generally ignore grandmom’s simple routine of eating fresh and seasonal food.
Why is it important to eat seasonal food?
The seasonal food is much more flavourful, crunchier and is extremely high on vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients.
The list of summery food includes green veggies, melons, peaches, corn, mangoes, and other fresh herbs. Native markets are at their best during the summers, because the fruit is abundantly available and even the vegetables are very fresh.
Consumption of food items which are not seasonal increase the risk of consuming chemicals and preservatives which are in the fruits to make them look fresh.
Here is what the experts suggest to eat during the summers.
Melons are considered the coolest, juiciest and the healthiest foods for consumption in the summers. One can use melons in the salads, desserts, smoothies, milkshakes and also salsa. They are good for the stomach, boost weight loss and also prevent common health problems like high BP, heart problems and common cold and flu.
Lauki or Bottle Gourd
Many people aren’t really a fan of this food item. But it is great for the people who wish to reduce weight. Lauki is a great source of calcium, magnesium, Vitamin A, C, and folate. This is often called the superhero vegetable and is great for the treatment of high BP. It keeps the heart functioning healthy and is considered an excellent food item for purifying the blood.
Salad made out of amaranth leaves, rocket leaves, basil, and other summer herbs should be put together in a bowl and consumed. One can add yogurt to make a summer salad. These leaves and herbs make a power house of nutrition and are also considered very well for losing weight.
What is the best drink to have to beat the heat?
90% of the watermelon is made up of water, so this is with a doubt the best way to keep oneself hydrated. It also helps in the process of digestion and keeps the stomach cool. Experts say “Eating watermelon can help protect skin from oxidative stress that contributes to the aging process, clear up acne and brighten a dull complexion.”
Having two glasses of aam panna helps in better digestion, cures constipation and also the chronic stomach problems like irritable bowel syndrome. This can be made at home using sugar and salt.
Mint water with lemon
A glass of mint water with a few drops of lemon is considered great for the summers. Lemon water acts as a liver cleanser, increases metabolism and also helps people with low appetite.
Drinking two glasses of barley water daily and one can always add a drop of honey for better taste. Barley is rich in fiber and therefor this barley water helps in preventing constipation and helps control the appetite of the person.