5 Foods to avoid and the 5 you should definitely have this Monsoon (Along with three healthy monsoon dishes)
You wake up one morning and still groggy, you get down from your bed and walk towards that small window in your room and as soon as you open the window, you are engulfed with the sweet smell of the rain because monsoon has finally arrived to give you a relief from the literal ‘One-more-degree-increase-in-the-temperature-and-I-would-die’ phase. You immediately rush to the washroom, brush your teeth in a jiffy and rush down the stairs and… ‘MUMMA, MAA, MOM, MOTHER, finally monsoons can we have pakodas and papads and tea for breakfast and can you make paalak paneer for lunch and yes ask bhaiya to get samosa for evening tea and we can have fried fish with rice for dinner and gulaab jamun after dinner?’
Yummy aren’t these? But, the question is that should we be eating such things during monsoons? Are they healthy for us? Like, I am sure these are pretty tempting and they taste amazing and you can’t obviously resist these but you, my friend, need to stop right there and push the plates away. Pretty sad, I know, but these food items are just not right ones and if you want to stay away from the spell of monsoon illness and want to enjoy the shower instead, you need to avoid the following items:
1. SEA FOOD:
Yes, you read that right. Sea food is just not the right food for monsoons because this is the breeding time for fishes and prawns and this is when their intake should be avoided. Still, you can stick to chicken and mutton if you are that hardcore lover of non-vegetarian food.
Leafy vegetables just like sea food need to be avoided. It surely is important to eat green and leafy vegetables and well, that is what has been instructed to us throughout life. But, these leafy vegetables become highly susceptible to germs during monsoons making us dangerously sick because this is the time when insects would love to nest and hibernate on cabbage, spinach, cauliflowers and all the greenies.
3. THE STREET FOOD:
We all love eating street food, don’t we? Golgappas, chaat, papdi, samosas ah! So tempting, but these surely are a big NO during monsoons if you want to avoid a bad stomach and diarrhea because you never know if the water that you are served golgappas with is healthy or is mixed with the rain water.
4. CARBONATED DRINKS:
1)These drinks reduce the mineral levels in our body, thus reducing the enzyme activity. As our digestion is already weak during monsoons, it is best to avoid such drinks and consume as much water as possible. It is also advisable to drink warm beverages.
5. WHITE RICE:
Consuming white rice in this weather leads to water retention in the body and as the digestive system is already really weak during this weather and the immunity is at its lowest, it is the best to avoid white rice and it is better to stick to healthier brown rice.
II. FOODS ITEMS WHICH ARE BEST SUITED FOR MONSOONS:
1. WELL COOKED SPROUTS
These are extremely healthy and taste extremely good. You can add tomatoes, onions and chillies to them and squeeze lemon on the top to make a yummy, healthy salad.
2. GARMA GARAM CHAI:
Sipping on hot ginger masala tea and sitting in your balcony, enjoying the weather is like the best stress buster and you would definitely love doing it this monsoon with some light, but healthy snack to go with it.
Corn aka bhutta is something we all love to have during rainy seasons. Whenever we go to some hill station and while we are out enjoying the weather, away from the scorching heat, we notice a vendor selling hot bhutta with the taste of lemon and salt and that is when it starts to drizzle, we immediately rush to the vendor and get ourselves a bhutta and that actually completes our day. You can even order yummy corn pizzas from Dominos using amazing Dominos offers.
4. HOT SOUPS:
Hot manchow soup, or the tomato one or maybe sweetcorn, we have a wide variety of soups to choose from and we can again sit with our family and friends and during gossip sessions, we can relish the hot soup.
5. FRESHLY MADE JUICES OR EVEN HOMEMADE ICECREAMS:
Rather than going out to vendors and drinking the unhealthy juices, you can prepare juices for yourself in your own house and not just that, who says you cannot enjoy icecreams that too homemade ones? Get into the kitchen with your mother and prepare your favourite flavor of icecream and enjoy with your family!