It’s surreal that we’ve already reached halfway in the #BlogchatterA2Z challenge. A little hand-holding by fellow bloggers and loads of motivation from my family have made this demanding activity a fruitful exercise in maintaining self-discipline and learning time management. Nutrition has played an important role in my transformation journey. Interestingly, it also got me interested in finding out the goodness of various foods which I’m sharing with you through this series.
M is a foodie’s delight and spoilt me for choice. Honestly, picking four proved more challenging than preparing a three-course Marwari meal. Please feel free to add your favourites since I’m sure to miss something out. #BlogchatterA2Z is in every way a learning experience!
Musk melon is a summer fruit that’s refreshing, hydrating and naturally cooling due to its high water content. Everything from its flesh, seeds to even peel is filled with nutritional benefits. It is high in fiber and a great source of Vitamin A and C. Apart from boosting immunity it helps in digestion, regulates blood pressure and improves eye health. Musk melon paste when applied on face and hair can help remove blemishes, acne and promote hair growth.
Musk melon tastes good in every form. Have its cubes as an evening snack, add it to your mocktails, smoothies and salads or top your desserts with its seeds.
Mushrooms are a boon for vegetarians owing to the nutrition they bring to the plate. They’re loaded with antioxidants, essential vitamins and minerals like zinc and potassium. Mushrooms are low in calories and aid in weight loss. Their anti-inflammatory properties help in boosting immunity and make you stronger from within. They also help in maintaining blood pressure.
Mushrooms enhance the nutritional value and taste of any dish they’re added to. Pizza toppings, salads, stir fried vegetables, soups, rice and what say you, mushrooms make anything better.
How can I not mention mint when it mercifully makes the scorching summer heat bearable? Mint has a strong refreshing aroma and contains a good amount of nutrients. It is a great source of Vitamin A and is packed with antioxidants. It improves Irritable Bowel Syndrome and relieves indigestion discomfort. Menthol made from peppermint oil is known to be beneficial for colds and also helps mask bad breath. Mint also reduces breastfeeding pain.
Mint can easily be incorporated in your diet in the form of chutneys, flavouring for vegetables or muddled in your drinks and juices. Chaat lovers would know this!
Although millets are a staple in our diet the world is waking up to their health benefits only now. Millets have a wide variety with each one having a different and unique nutritional profile. e.g Sorghum (Jowar), Pearl millet (Bajra), Amaranth (Rajgira), Buckwheat (Kuttu) etc. They’re an ideal choice for a gluten-free diet and contain good amount of soluble fiber and protein. They may lower sugar and blood cholesterol levels.
Millets are the perfect breakfast option and can replace rice in many recipes. Millet flour can be used in many snack and dessert preparations. Processed millet is used to make pasta and beverages too.
Let me share a secret with you. My kids actively participate in helping me choose foods to write about everyday. M lead to quite a tussle since my 6yo wanted me to share about Mango while the 12yo thought milk deserved a mention. #BlogchatterA2Z surely has changed the quality of conversations in our home!
This post is part of the #BlogchatterA2Z challenge by Blogchatter
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