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Monsoon is, without a doubt, all about munching into crisp fritters dipped in tangy sauces. While it's fine to indulge in these decadent fried delicacies on occasion, it's also crucial to maintain a nutritious diet. And no, being healthy isn't always a chore.
Why not enhance your immunity by eating some of the season's most delicious fruits? However, during this season, it is best to avoid outside-purchased chopped or peeled fruits, as well as liquids from street vendors. It's not difficult to make interesting smoothies at home with monsoon fruits. We're not talking about expensive exotic fruits like plums or aloo bukhara, Grewia berries or plain ol' faalsa, monsoon cherries that are now available on street corners, and, of course, monsoon's favourite peach and lychee.
Avoid certain fruits
In the monsoon, it's advisable to avoid specific fruits like watermelons and muskmelons, so don't make smoothies with them.
Both of these summer fruits have a high water content, and if not handled carefully, they might bruise, which can lead to stomach infections because hazardous fungi and bacteria thrive in bruised fruits. Also, limit mangoes because monsoon mangoes aren't the best of the season's supply and might cause gastrointestinal issues as well as boils and pimples.
1. CHERRY CHUCKLE
1 cup fat-free milk
1 banana, frozen, medium
1/2 cup sweet cherries, frozen
3/4 cup low-fat plain yoghurt
If desired, add sugar or artificial sweetener to taste.
Blend banana until smooth in a food processor or blender. Combine the cherries and yoghurt in a bowl. Blend till smooth, sprinkle some chia seeds then serve immediately with a cherry on top.
Cherries are a wonderful medical remedy for body aches, which are widespread during the monsoon season, due to their anti-inflammatory characteristics. It's also high in melatonin, a hormone that governs sleep patterns.
2. PEACH POP
2 quarts of milk
2 cups unsweetened frozen peaches, sliced
1/4 cup concentrated orange juice
2 tablespoons sugar
a couple of ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately. If left in contact with citrus juices for an extended period of time, the milk may deteriorate.
Peaches are high in vitamin A, C, and soluble fibre, which makes them beneficial for people with diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease.
3. FAALSA FUN
1 cup water
1/4 tsp black salt
1/4 lemon wedge
Bring the sugar and water to a boil, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens into a syrup. Before mixing, soak the faalsa in water for at least one hour. Remove and discard the seeds and skin, then thoroughly combine the juice and sugar syrup in a shaker. Serve cold, topped with ice cubes, lime juice, and black salt.
The berries of Faalsa or Grewia are abundant in potassium and have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. Curcumin, a deep purple pigment found in turmeric, aids in the prevention of heart disease and the reduction of blood pressure.
Plums in a bowl (8-10)
1 apple (medium)
1 stalk (about 5”) celery
1/2 cup finely chopped Kale
1 serving protein powder
Blend the fruits and leafy greens till smooth.
Mix in the protein powder and mix for 30 seconds more.
Plums and aloo bukhara are high in anthocyanins, which help to fight the harmful free radicals. They are high in potassium which helps reduce hypertension.