Immunity boosting has gained prominence in our lives in the last year like never before. Everything from health drinks and supplements to medicines and home remedies has been stocked and summoned to keep the dreaded virus at bay. However, knee-jerk reactions like these aren’t the best way to lead a happy and healthy life. To be stronger from within we have to make permanent lifestyle changes which begins with eating the right foods.
Did you know that traditional food habits like applying ghee on a chapatti or eating jaggery with white butter aren’t only for the taste factor? They have nutritive value which ultimately benefits you in some or the other way. Today’s post is about some such foods and food habits.
Lemons are indispensable in any Indian household. This yellow citrus fruit is one of the most popular and handy sources of Vitamin C. It contains high amount of fiber and many plant compounds that are beneficial for overall health. Lemon promotes heart health, helps in weight loss, improves digestion and supports kidney stone prevention. It improves iron absorption which in turn prevents anaemia.
A teaspoon of lemon juice in your dal, lemon slices in infused water or lemon zest in your cakes and pastries, its uses are endless. Warm water with lemon juice and honey is famously known for to aid weight loss.
Lentils are staple foods in many parts of the world. They’re an excellent source of protein for vegetarians and have magnesium, Vitamin B and zinc in good amounts. Their high fiber content makes them a great way of supporting good gut bacteria growth. They contain antioxidants and also have anti-inflammatory properties. Lentils promote heart health and may prevent the risk of cancer. They’re available in many colours like red, yellow, brown and green.
Lentils can be eaten with rice, parathas, added to soups or as a complete meal on their own. Also, one bowl of lentils in any form everyday suffices a good part of your daily protein and fiber requirement.
Lemongrass has prevalent uses in aromatherapy and beauty products due to its lemony fragrance and medicinal properties. It contains antioxidants and can prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Lemongrass leaves as well as oil has multiple benefits. It may help reduce swelling and pain and also normalise menstrual flow.
Lemongrass leaves are used for flavouring herbal teas and in cooking. Its refreshing aroma makes it a wonderful ingredient in soaps, deodorants and cosmetics.
Lychee belongs to the soapberry family. Its outer covering is brittle and brown while its fleshy fruit is white and has a big single seed inside. Lychee is packed with nutrients like magnesium, copper, iron and folate which help in blood production. It is rich in phytonutrients, Vitamin C and Vitamin B-complex. Lychee helps maintain blood pressure, is good for heart health and prevents early ageing too.
Lychee’s sour and tangy taste makes it refreshing. You can have it raw, juice it up or add it to cocktails. However, its strong smell makes it hard to pair it with any other fruit.
Leek has amazing taste and is a wonderful addition to soups and stir fried vegetables. Non-vegetarian foods have plenty of options like lamb, lobster and lard. However, lady finger was and remains one of my absolute favourites. Tell me yours.
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