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Hello, Beautiful People!!! After making us wait for a long time, finally winters have arrived. It has brought along a lot of my childhood memories. I loved wearing those warm knit sweaters by mommy the dearest. Those Lip smacking hot pakodas she made with some ginger tea.
While winters bring in a welcome respite from the summer heat, this is also a time when children suffer from low immunity and are more susceptible to diseases like common cold, viral fever, etc.So parents generally have a hard time with kids , but before your visits to the doctor get more frequent add these habits and keep your family away from the winter maladies!!!
These everyday eating habits will help increase your child’s immunity this season.
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Have water which is boiled and bottled. Anything from the local vendor like Ice-creams, goals, pani puri or juices should be avoided. Always have bottled water at Restaurants, prefer carrying your own whenever you step out of the house.Kids should always drink lukewarm water, this keeps them away from any water-borne disease.
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Have lots of green veggies like spinach,fenugreek or cruciferous veggies like cauliflower, broccoli . Leafy vegetables should be washed and boiled properly. Always look for darker and greener vegetables.These veggies are loaded with antioxidants and nutrients.
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Always have pre-heated food and warm food, never have stale food or something kept open for a long time. Don’t have raw food like sprouts, seafood etc. Try having multi-grain dough instead of plain dough. Prefer a lot of pulses like masoor, toor daal cause they are a great source of protein.
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Always have fresh and seasonal fruits like cherries, plums, jambul, they also have a lot of natural antioxidants and Vitamin C. Berries like raspberry, strawberry are also rich in flvinoids and antioxidants which help in building up the immune system.
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Prefer having a variety of soups which included garlic and onion to increase your immunity. A lot of herbal tea have anti-bacterial properties of tulsi , mulethi and ginger.
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They are a great source of protein include variants like pistachios, walnuts, raisins, figs etc.They are also available in the form of multigrain bars or have them along with cornflakes, they can also be added while serving sweets.
I add soaked almond to my little munchkins milk.
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A lot of spices have a lot of benefits and so they should be included in our day to day cooking. Ajwain, pepper,mustard helps to improve digestion. Turmeric, coriander, cinnamon helps in increasing body immune.
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Yoghurt has probiotics and good bacteria which helps in fighting the bad bacteria-borne in the stomach. My kiddo loves mishti doi and other flavours like the strawberry, blueberry curd.So in case your child does not like the plain curd you can opt for these flavoured ones.
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Carrots are a great source of carotene vitamin A, Lime, images have vitamin C have antioxidant and protect cells from damaging the body. Even Kale can be added to the juice it is a great source of Vitamin A, C, Magnesium.
Digestive system slows down during winters, so it is always better to avoid contaminated water so anything from local vendors, raw uncooked tinned food should be avoided. Give your child a balanced home cooked meal which includes ginger, herbs and spices to increase their immunity. Hands should be washed before eating and everything like the vegetable , fruits must be washed properly . Anything cold should be avoided, fried food, aerated drinks. Keep your kitchen clean, avoid kids from biting their nails, use floor sanitizer while cleaning the floors.