The pandemic has triggered a health-revolution with immunity being the key operative word. We’re going back to home remedies, brewing Grandma’s medicinal kadhas and insisting on a fit lifestyle. People are masking up and flocking gardens and open spaces for walks, Yoga and fresh air. Will this vigilant attention to health be limited to the time we’re gripped with the fear of infection? I hope not. A healthy lifestyle calls for sustained efforts over a period of time.
My H list has foods that nourish us and also satiate our taste buds. Most of them are commonly used in everyday cooking but we might not be aware of their amazing benefits.
Hing contains high amounts of sulphur which gives it its pungent smell. It is available in solid and powdered form in the market and is integral to every Indian kitchen. Hing has many medicinal benefits and is used to treat digestion and flatulence. Mix it with warm water, coconut oil or mustard oil and apply this paste to relieve colic pain in babies.
Hing is often used in tadkas and palatable when cooked . You can add it to salad dressings and pickles too. Its typical taste is synonymous with many traditional Indian recipes like Kaanji Wada.
Honey is made by honey bees with sugar nectar from flowers and is one of the best natural sources of sugar. It contains high amounts of antioxidants and very low amounts of fiber, vitamins and minerals. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties and boosts immunity. Additionally, honey is useful in weight management, a home remedy for cough and works wonders for your skin.
A spoonful of honey with lemon in warm water helps increase metabolism, maintain a fit lifestyle and aids in weight loss. Ayurvedic medicines mixed with honey are easier to consume by kids too. Also, you can replace sugar with it in sweets.
Hung curd is made by hanging full/low fat curd in a soft cloth and letting all its moisture seep out. Curd contains good bacteria and its probiotics aid in digestion. Hung curd contains proteins, Vitamins A, B1, B2 and C, calcium and several other minerals. It boosts heart health, works on your immunity and helps in weight loss. Diabetics can have it in controlled quantities and have a fit lifestyle.
Hung curd is thick and creamy and has the perfect consistency for dips and spreads. Roll it in your parathas or stuff it in your sandwiches. It is most popularly used in making shrikhand and amrakhand.
Say hazel nut and you’ll probably think of Nutella. This sweet tiny nut is an excellent source of Omega 6 and Omega 9 fatty acids and contains high amounts of essential vitamins and minerals. It is high in antioxidants and good for your heart. It helps regulate blood pressure and control blood sugar levels too.
Hazel nut is most popularly used in chocolates and spreads. It makes desserts and their icings taste even better. It can be a great addition to your breakfast.
Hummus is a popular and healthy dish and my personal favourite. If you’re a non-vegetarian H offers you a variety of options like ham, haddock and hare. A fit lifestyle isn’t hard now, is it? What do you prefer?
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