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Winter is a time when the temptation to indulge in food remains endless. There’s a plethora of nutritious, healthy, and fresh produce available. And that not just satiates our taste buds, but also adds to the nutrient intake that our body needs to fight likely infections and allergies.
Yes, you tend to gravitate towards that cup of coffee, hot chocolate, or tea to bring you warmth, but don’t forget the goodness that seasonal fruits and veggies can bring to you. Add to that the nutritional value of pulses, nuts, and seeds, which most nutritionists recommend for that winter-perfect diet!
Calling it “our oldest detox food”, Diwekar says sugarcane rejuvenates the liver and keeps the skin glowing in the winter sun. It is a rich source of natural vitamins and minerals. Have it as juice, and it would be great if you can have it at least thrice a week, Diwekar had recommended in a past Instagram post.
Ber, also known as Jujube, strengthens the immune system, says Diwekar. It is, in fact, great for kids who fall sick frequently. According to the expert, ber also improves the diversity of our diet. Besides that, it is known for improving skin as well.
Diwekar, a proponent of local produce, says tamarind makes a great digestive in itself. Here’s a trick she highly recommends – “The seeds make for a smashing drink when mixed with buttermilk!” Tamarind has fiber, and no fat content, making it great for controlling weight.
Check out Diwekar’s post right here!
Calling amla the “king of winters”, Diwekar says it fights infections. Highly versatile, it can be had by itself, as chyawanprash, sherbet or even a murabba. Also called the Indian gooseberry, this fruit is packed with vitamins C and A, polyphenol and flavonoids. Oh, and in these times of Covid-19 and its Omicron variant, this can be a great diet addition for a boost of immunity!
This is a winter delicacy with essential fats, and is great for bones and joints. Til stands for sesame seeds, and that is mixed with jaggery for this sweet delight. These laddoos are balls full of good taste and health.