After prolonged summers, finally, it’s time to love-hate the showers. With the rains, comes a strong urge to relish all the tastes that have been given a miss during the scorching heat. If you are a foodie, then it is the good time to eat and celebrate. Heavy rains, coupled with a hot cup of tea/coffee, will not only comfort your heart but mind too. So what are your monsoon foods?
Well, it’s a fact that every individual has his own choice of monsoon foods. But, most of the food items easily available can increase your risk of heart or cancer-related ailments.
So, here’s a list of exciting lip-smacking flavors you can try this season, without increasing the risk of cancer or heart ailments:
With water droplets pouring outside your window, muddy smell tinkling your nose, crispy and oily food becomes one of the favorites. Though in the backdrop, our mind keeps telling us to avoid such foods.
Of course, no one wants to end up eating millions of calories and gain weight. Wholesomeness and diversity of food are the keys to a healthy and happy life. So, here are some variants that can reduce the guilt of eating fat-filled foods and let you experience the taste pleasures:
1. Samosa with a filling of dal
Let’s avoid potato this season and fill the snack with peppy dal filling like kachori.
2. Vada Pao with a Chana (chickpea) cutlet
Chickpea is rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and makes a good replacement for meat. Non-vegetarian diet is not a good option for your health in the rainy season.
3. Mixed-veg pakodas
Avoid using green leafy vegetables during monsoon. Prefer veggies like apple gourd (tinda) and pointed gourd (parwal). Also, add digestible spices like asafoetida (hing), pepper and coriander.
4. Chaat with a cornflake crunch
Tweak the flavor of your aaloo chaat by adding more of corn flakes. Blended with curd, they will add both crunch and nutrition. You can even add sprouts and boiled chickpea to make it more interesting.
5. Golgappas sprout filled
Sprouts are a good source of Protein, Vitamin B12, and other essential minerals. Nutritionists suggest monsoon as one of the best seasons to consume sprouts in your diet. A combo of Semolina (Suji) golgappas and sprouts are both healthy and yummy.
Something to sip
All the above foods are so incomplete without a cup of tea or coffee. Out of so many options available, let’s choose the less unhealthy:
1. Tea: with a pinch of ginger
Ginger is a metabolism booster and most importantly cheers your mood.
2. Soup with flavors of turmeric, clove, black pepper, sauf
They are a natural antiseptic, antibiotic agents safeguarding health from fever, cold cough etc. There are monsoon specific foods consuming which can end up creating health issues like indigestion, food poison, etc. So, having soup and other healthy beverages can keep your body warm.
Juice: mainly pear, apple, pomegranate and beetroot
These freshly prepared juices detoxify our body and prevent multiple monsoon borne diseases.
It is completely okay if you are feeling hungrier in this season than you felt during summers. That’s not because you are eating too much, but because of the changing season. As the excessive heat releases from your body due to the cooling effect of rain, you tend to feel relaxed and eat more. For such times, you can carry these munchies in your bag at your workplace, institution, during travel etc.
1. Corn: the fruit of the season
Boiled corn with minimal spice rubs or twisted in salt and butter is the most fulfilling diet when hungry. Corn is considered as best option to have during monsoon to keep blood sugar in control. Doesn’t this give a reason to eat corn whenever you out for a monsoon drive?
2. Dry fruits, mainly almonds
The crunchy brown nuts enhance digestion, prevent diseases and are rich in protein. They keep the sugar level under control and are best to munch if you are trying to control weight.
Always have a Health Insurance
While, you enjoy all kinds of stuff in the rain, along with healthy food, don’t forget to insure your health with a good health insurance cover.
Your health insurance plan shouldn’t only include the Mediclaim cover but also a critical care insurance. Critical insurance plans offer heart and cancer care features which are not based on your treatment expense. The simple reason is while Mediclaim is good in bearing hospitalization expenses, it falls short of offering lump sum support for illnesses like cancer or heart ailments which may not require hospitalization.
Heart and cancer care insurance will offer you lump sum payment upon diagnosis of a covered illness, regardless of the amount you spent on the treatment. This is important, as both heart and cancer ailments can affect your income earning capability and cost a lot to treat.
Heart and cancer care insurance may help you take care of your household while you recover and get back on your feet.
Let’s not forget health
Consume home-made food, cooked under the hygienic condition, after proper washing. Roadside eateries do not have any healthy variant during monsoon.
Choose to drink boiled/warm water and keep yourself hydrated with at least 8 glasses of water a day. This monsoon let your heart be happy and healthy.