Every year I wait for the arrival of Monsoon. When monsoons arrive one thing which rules over my mind is “FOODS TO HAVE IN RAINS”. Even before the arrival of this season, our food cravings begin. So what are some monsoon foods? Since ages, the monsoon foods which top our list are masala chai, bhajis, pakodas, samosas, bhuttas etc. But are these foods really healthy? Or we need to change our habits to have a healthy monsoon…
Below are some healthy snacks and recipes you can try this monsoon
Try Roasted almonds: – One of the best snacks to satisfy your food cravings during the monsoon. Grab some almonds and roast it. The easiest and handy snack to carry which are also super high in proteins and healthy fats.
Grab your Monsoon fruits: – Fruits are a must in every season. But do include the seasonal fruits in your monsoon diets which include guava, lychees, Cherries, Plums, peach, pomegranate which are rich in natural antioxidants and vitamins and hence will keep your infections at bay.
Have some delicious soups: – When it’s humid weather and generally we have the tendency to have hot foods. I guess soups really turn out to be better options. Soups are light, easy to make and full of nutrition. Not only do they keep you away from the flu but also provide the hydration you need in this weather. The humidity speeds up the process of dehydration and it is important to drink enough fluids to prevent it.
Snack on bhutta: – Having a roasted corn with rubbed lemon with spices is what we call “Corn on the Cob” aka “Bhutta” which tastes 100 times better if you are eating it out on a rainy day. This food not only tastes delicious, but it boosts your overall health, by providing your body with numerous nutrients. Our favorite monsoon snack “Corn” is rich in fiber, Vit C, Magnesium and also contains a good dose of antioxidants.
Get ready to give a healthy treat to your friends and celebrate this monsoon with a chai and hot and flavoury bhutta alongside
Spice up your food: – Indian food is all about flavors. So when it comes to monsoon keep in mind the spices for flavors as well as health. Include spices like turmeric, mustard, asafetida (hing), coriander, turmeric, cloves, pepper, cinnamon, garlic, ginger and curry leaves which has anti-bacterial property and also help in digestion.
Give a boost to your immunity levels by flavoring your foods with spices.
Combine some healthy seeds: – To reap some more nutritional benefits you can have the mixture of seeds like pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds. These seeds really have immense nutritional benefits.
Everyone loves monsoon and to stay healthy throughout the monsoon one must indulge in this eating habits. And so we will be focusing on some healthy monsoon snacks and recipes. The traditional foods which are generally included in our monsoon diets are Masala Chai, Bhajis, Pakodas, Samosa, Butta aka Corn, Aloo ka paratha, Chole bhature, Chaat. But are these food combinations really healthy? If not then what are the healthy food combinations yet lip-smacking? Let’s find out.
“Masala Chai” the name itself is enough to take us on a long food drive. But masala chai is usually taken with a combination of Bhajias, Pakodas, Wada Pav, Samosa, Aloo paratha, Butta aka Corn. Let’ find out amongst these combinations which combinations are healthy?
SWAP YOUR BHAJIS/PAKODAS WITH BAKED MUTHIYAS
Bhajis and Pakodas can be swapped with “Healthy Muthiyas”. Don’t you think so it’s better? Now, there are different types of Muthiyas you can prepare daliya muthiya, methi muthiya, whole wheat muthiya, oats methi muthiya, spinach muthiya, cabbage muthiya, coriander leaves and the cherry on the cake is they won’t be fried instead will be baked or steamed. Isn’t that really a healthy combination? Cereals+ Veggies and you can include curd as an accompaniment which further provides you with protein and makes it nutritionally balanced.
SWAP YOUR PLAIN FRIED SAMOSAS WITH BAKED VEG SAMOSA
Samosa the very popular food in monsoons. But deep-fried samosas which are made up of refined flour and the filling of high starchy foods like potatoes make it unhealthy. I am not saying don’t have your samosas but let’s try the healthier version of samosas.
In my Healthier version of Samosa, the outer filling consists of whole wheat flr and the inner filling consists of like green peas, french beans, carrot n potato combination further instead of deep frying baked samosas are healthier.
SWAP TO HEALTHY CHAATS
Chaat is one of the most loved monsoon foods. But are those roadside chaats like panipuri, Sev puri ragdapuri healthy and hygienic for you? It’s roadside and so might be an issue. But if you are looking for some healthier version of chaats you are at the right place.
This monsoon you can try homemade Corn Chaat, Kala Chana Chaat, Chole Chaat by adding a good amount of veggies.
Monsoons are one of the best seasons to enjoy foods. And this season instead of denying your food cravings let’s satisfy it with a healthier version of foods.
Some more healthy recipes you can try this monsoon are Masala Idli, Paneer Cutlets.
Well if you think it’s done. Let me tell you it’s still not done don’t you” ll want a healthy recipe to try for
KHAKRA SPROUTS CHAAT
My healthy version of chaat is simple and easy to prepare. A perfect carb-protein combination which also satisfies your taste bud as well.
½ Cup Boiled Sprouts
1 Cup of mixed veggies (onion, tomatoes, capsicum)
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp lemon juice
Salt as per taste
In a bowl Crush, the khakras then add the boiled sprouts and mixed veggies. Later add chili powder and salt. Sprinkle some lemon juice and you are down.
And yes now I am done. Monsoons are one of the best seasons to enjoy foods. And this season instead of denying your food cravings let’s satisfy it with a healthier version of foods. Let us know how you find this article in the comment section below!
So all I wanna say is “Be a foodie no problem in that but “THINK NUTRITIONALLY THIS MONSOON”
~ Ayesha Ghadigaonkar (FOOD AND NUTRITION BLOGGER)