Doesn’t it pain to see kids often catching cold 🥶 and cough 😷 and suffering with phlegm frequently in the winters. Who would like the frequent doctor visits, the medicines and their ill side effects.
What if there is something that Mother Nature has already given us, exactly during winters, that can prevent all these and boost our immunity but we aren’t aware of.. which was used since ages by our ancestors and as Ayurvedic medicine too.. the Amla / Gooseberries!
To know more about their health benefits please check this link. One way to consume it and make it interesting to kids is to prepare this gooseberry mocktail. This is the medicine in disguise, with all the benefits, an immunity booster and awesome taste!
- 8 gooseberries
- 1/2” ginger
- 1C water 💦
- 1/4th tsp black salt
- 1 lemon 🍋
- 20tsp organic sugar
- Pinch of fresh ground cardamom powder
- Few strands of saffron (optional)
- Honey 🍯 (optional)
How to prepare?
- Wash and dry 8 gooseberries. Deseed and cut them into pieces.
- Blend with pealed and diced ginger and 1C of water 💦 into fine consistency as below 👇🏼.
- Using a muslin cloth squeeze the juice out of it and discard (ahem or compost) the pulp.
- To this gooseberry syrup add a pinch of fresh ground cardamom powder, black salt, few strands of saffron.
- In a sauce pan add 20tsps of sugar and just add enough water 💦 to cover it, bring it to boil and once it comes to thin string consistency switch off the flame 🔥 and let it cool to room temperature.
- Later add the gooseberries syrup and squeeze one full lemon juice into it. Store in an airtight glass jar or a bottle and store in refrigerator.
- When ever u wanna have a glass of gooseberry mocktail all you need to do is take 1/4th of this stored gooseberry syrup and 3/4th of water 💦 and voila it’s ready. It tastes soo yum 😋, kids would love it, and this s the best medicine to prevent cold 🥶 and cough 😷 and to boost the immunity specially in the winters!
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When ever I sense flue / throat infection symptoms, I would do this detoxification for a day and it will be gone like magic ✨. This has been working wonders for me and for few of my family members and so I thought of sharing it with you guys! It’s a well known fact that lemon is extremely rich in vitamin C, it helps detoxify our body. Even if you don’t have the flue symptoms you can still do this to detoxify your body from various toxins that get accumulated (due to consumption of junk food / intake of medicines / inhalation of polluted air etc…), once in a month.
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The most thirst-quenching & juicy fruit of all is definitely watermelon 🍉 since it has an extremely high water content, approximately 92% and has a sweet and delicious taste too… It is particularly refreshing on a hot summer ☀️ day, and is the ultimate summer fruit!
Watermelon is a good source of vitamin C and contains decent amounts of potassium, copper, vitamin B5 and vitamin A (from beta-carotene). It is a good source of two powerful & beneficial plant compounds, the amino acid citrulline and the antioxidant lycopene, that have been linked to lower blood pressure, improved metabolic health and decreased muscle soreness after exercise. For more nutrition details read this article.
We <family of 3 👪> consume half a small watermelon 🍉 everyday – I like eating them as is, my hubby likes the juice with breakfast & my LO loves having these popsicles!
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Each serving of mango is fat free, sodium free and cholesterol free. Mangos are loaded with vitamins and minerals – Vitamin A, B6, folate, C & K and moderate amount of copper, potassium, calcium, iron & dietary fibre. Hence have many health benefits – prevents cancer, lowers cholesterol, clears skin, improves eye health, improves digestion & boots immune system. Check out this article to know in detail about the health benefits.
Though nothing can beat the taste of the fruit as it is, you could try this mango milkshake / smoothie with the mangoes that are not so sweet in taste and it will get cleared up in no time..
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I believe in having a completely healthy n nutrient packed breakfast. Probably because of the misleading advertisements these days many are in the notion that branded ready to eat cereals are healthy and are even giving them as breakfast to their kids… I am no exception until I came to know that the mainstream cereals are so heavily processed that they do not have natural nutrients, that’s why most of them are sprayed with vitamins, minerals, and sometimes fortified with protein. It’s the ultimate fake food. Read this to know more… I’ve never touched them again!
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