SUPERFOODS, the very word sounds like a magic tonic. With winter set in full swing, some seasonal foods have miraculous benefits for health, rejuvenation and growth of your children. These foods not only help the body nourish itself for the season, but are a powerful disease-fighting tool. Dhvani Shah, a Naturopathic Nutritionist, Author and Speaker shares with us the best foods for your kids this winter. Make sure you make use of most of these foods this winter.
- Carrots- Carrots (red variety) are loaded with carotenes, that nourish the skin, hair, eyes and detoxifies the liver. Drinking 100ml of carrot juice per day keeps the body warm, enhances bone strength and helps improve concentration at school. Mix it with some orange juice or tomato juice to make a tasty after-play drink.
- Green garlic-Green garlic is one of the best ways to keep winter illnesses at bay. It has been used for thousands of years for various illnesses. Green garlic is a triple threat against infection, having antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties, containing dozens of immunity boosting compounds. Its rich in iron, full of antioxidants that help kids strengthen their natural defense. It is a great add-on to chutneys and vegetables. Can also add flavor to their parathas.
- Amla- Amla also is known as the Indian gooseberries are the most powerful rejuvenating agent. They help strengthen bones. They are rich in antioxidants and full of vitamin C. They are packed with plenty of therapeutic benefits in just one small fruit. Amla contains 10times more vitamin C than an orange making it a powerful medicine against cold, cough and infections. Eat it as it as, add it to a juice with some turmeric or make chawanprash for best results.
- Fresh Haldi- Turmeric is a medicinal herb with many benefits found in its best freshest form only in winter. It possesses anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and relaxant properties that fight infection, help recovery and boost immunity. Children grow when they are asleep, and fresh turmeric helps then do so. The also help muscle growth after play and prevent injuries. Add a few slices to their paratha, wrap or tikkis or simply give some grated haldi seasoned with lemon and pepper with meals.
- Oranges- Beyond being supremely tasty and pretty much the most orange thing in nature, Oranges are very refreshing fruits loaded with Vitamin C, antioxidants and aid iron absorption. They are rich in fiber and water keeping the kids hydrated in winter when the water intake reduces. Oranges are the best jump start to one’s mornings.
Dates, Eggs, Spinach, methi, Avocados, Berries, are also good winter foods which will keep the kids warm in winter adding to their growth and well being.
About Dhvani Shah
(RD, ND, PG (Dietetics), BSc, C.D.E).
Dhvani Shah is a practitioner of the “FIMS theory” that represents Food as Medicine & Supplement. She has extensively researched in traditional Indian, Chinese and Tibetan food therapies and amalgamates it with Modern nutrition. She uses the power of food as medicine to design unique nutrition programs for children, women, sportsmen & illnesses.
Dhvani Shah has conducted 150+ workshops, authored over 7+ books, developed 5000+ health recipes, is a nutrition consultant for 45+ health products, catering services and corporate kitchens and is a regular columnist with leading newspapers, magazines and blogs. She is a columnist with leading newspapers and magazines. She is a panelist for leading parenting blogs, health websites & mobile apps. She is successfully running two clinics in Mumbai and an online clinic (www.dhvanishah.com) for patients from over 15 countries.