The Superfoods to eat this summer that boosts immunity and health
A “superfood” packs a lot of nutritional value like vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Vitamins and minerals are essential to maintain the complex functions of the human body, and antioxidants help neutralise dangerous free radicals. Though they are called superfoods, they are only fruitful as supplements when eaten alongside a balanced meal and are not meant to be meals by themselves.
We live in a tropical country that boasts an ancient understanding of food and diverse cooking techniques. This understanding has led us to cook foods and preserve their nutritional value while still making them tasty. With a bit of creativity, even the ones we don’tenjoy (we are directly looking at your pagarkai (bitter gourd)) can easily be infused into our diet.
Here are a few Indian superfoods that boost immunity and health.
Amla is the cheap version of acai berries that are packed with vitamin C and antioxidants known to boost immunity, control blood sugar, reduce bad cholesterol and improve your skin & hair. These berries may be sour.Adding a few pieces to your dish while cooking or making a juice will blend the sourness right in. This versatile berry can also be pickled, ground into a chutney, or as a delicious dessert – amla murabba.
Kala Jamun desi version of goji berries. This delicious jamun islow in calories and loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Its rich fibre content aids in controlling diabetes. The fun part is the purple trail it leaves on your tongue, making it a fun experience. It is best when eaten raw, but this can also be prepared into a healthy, homemade frozen yoghurt or ice cream.
In the West, rich folks pay a massive price for this fruit. Luckily, we don’t have to. Tender coconut water is a natural electrolyte that is low in calories and filled with nutrients like fibre, minerals, and healthy fats.This fruit is a stand-alone dish that fills your tummy and quenches your thirst while replenishing your body all at the same time. It tastes great whether eaten plain, as a chutney or ground into a curry.
Chickpeas -Chickpeas is filled with essential minerals and a great source of Vitamin B6. It serves as a good alternative to meat-based proteins. Adding chickpeas to your diet helps you lose weight due to its satiating nature. This versatile superfood can be taken as spicy chana curry or hummus.
The germination process increases the availability of nutrients and amino acids, making them easier to digest. Sprouts are a reliable source of protein as lentils and beans can be sprouted in your home quickly. They can be consumed plain, to make them tastier, you may add them to salads, chaats, and curries.
Turmeric is an ancient Indian herb filled with medicinal benefits that are still used in everyday food. It is best known for its antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties due to a compound called Curcumin. Turmeric is a powerful home medicine that helps with depression, soothes joint pain, improves brain function, eases PMS symptoms, and fights off various viruses. The key ingredient to most ayurvedic medicine is its root.
Bitter Gourd – The notorious pagarkai, the God of bitter vegetables, has potent medicinal properties and is known to control blood sugar. This vegetable is not popular for its taste, but it contains powerful antioxidants and vitamins that help to improve your overall health. The easy way to reduce bitterness is by adding salt, lemon, curd, or sugar. With the right ingredients and little cooking talent, pagarkai can turn into a delicious dish.
Okra AKA Lady’s Finger
The famous saying in a typical Indian house is “eat your lady’s finger if you want to do good in maths”. Okra is a powerhouse of vegetables with an excellent source of vitamins A, B6, C, and K, fibre, antioxidants and high protein. Okras can be consumed in any form: chips, gravy, stir fry or curry.
We hope our list of superfoods was helpful for you to stay healthy. Breeze Residency, one of the best 3-star hotels in Trichy, has always encouraged the chefs to use farm-fresh fruits and vegetables to prepare the most scrumptious dishes. Visit the best hotel in Trichy and indulge your palate with the most delicious dishes infused with superfoods.
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