If you’re a bride-to-be, you must be desperately waiting for the lockdown to end so that you can get started on your wedding shopping. We understand your struggle, and so here we are with yet another thing for you to start on during quarantine, which will be beneficial for you in the long run as well. Usually, during the taam jhaam of all the wedding preparations, brides-to-be tend to ignore their own health. So, why don’t you make the most of this quarantine to take care of yourself?
We spoke to two experts on how brides-to-be can increase their immunity to stay healthy during this pandemic.
Gurmeet Arora of Flax: Healthy Living and Rakhee Mehta of MagicRise Wellness gave us some really useful tips to get started on right away!
At a time when the entire world is dealing with coronavirus, it is necessary to take extra precautions to protect yourself from any kind of infections, and that’s why you need a strong immune system.
Gurmeet said, “Indian women in particular, are susceptible to developing certain deficiencies - like Iron, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, B-Complex, and Zinc - from their diet and lifestyle. And with the current crisis, we should all aim to make healthier eating choices with the goal of supporting your vitamin intake, gut health, and immunity. At the end of the day, eating a nutritious meal doesn’t have to be a chore”.
He gave us three superfoods recipes that you can swear by to increase your immunity:
1. Turmeric Latte
Turmeric Latte is the perfect substitute for your morning cup of coffee. Turmeric is rich in curcumin, a compound that can help moderate the immune response with its powerful anti-inflammatory effects. The addition of black pepper in the coffee further boosts the absorption of turmeric in the body.
Ingredients: Turmeric powder (1 tbsp)
Espresso shot (30 ml)
Honey (1 tbsp)
Almond milk or milk of choice (1 cup)
Cinnamon and black pepper (1 pinch)
How to make it: Blend the turmeric powder and espresso shot with milk in a mixer. Pour into a glass and add honey as a sweetener. Top with a pinch of cinnamon and black pepper. To make it into a wholesome breakfast smoothie bowl, you can add some whole grain oats and banana to this latte and voila!
2. Nutriboost Smoothie
This simple nutrient-dense smoothie is low in calories and is rich in iron, magnesium, potassium, and antioxidants. It takes less than 5 minutes to prepare and requires only three common household ingredients. Isn’t this great?
Ingredients: Dates (1/4 cup)
Almond milk (3/4 cups)
How to make it: Chop the banana and dates into small pieces and add them to a blender with almond milk. Blend all the ingredients until it reaches a thick liquid consistency, and your healthy smoothie is ready.
3. Metaboost Salad
The Metaboost salad is full of antioxidants and vitamins that keep your immune system strong. The salad is also rich in Vitamin B6 that helps in relieving the symptoms of anaemia.
Ingredients: For base: Kale (1 cup)
Spinach (0.5 cups)
Rocket (1 cup)
Mint (2 tbsp)
Caramelised onion (1 tbsp)
Zucchini (1 tbsp)
Red pepper (1 tbsp)
Yellow squash (1 tbsp)
For toppings: Red rice (2 tbsp)
Quinoa (2 tbsp)
Couscous (2 tbsp)
Dates (1 tbsp)
Cranberry (1 tbsp)
Pomegranate (1 tbsp)
Roasted almonds (1 tbsp)
Some Chia seeds
For the zesty citrus dressing: Orange juice (2 tbsp)
Lime juice (1 tbsp)
Jalapeno (1 tbsp)
Black pepper (1 tbsp)
Mint (1 tbsp)
Olive oil (1 tbsp)
How to make it: For the zesty citrus dressing, mix all the ingredients together. Then, take a separate bowl or plate and layer the bottom with all the base ingredients. On top of it, add the red rice, quinoa, and couscous. Chop the parsley and add it along with dates, cranberry, and pomegranate. Garnish the salad with roasted almonds and chia seeds. Now, drizzle the zesty citrus dressing and your metaboost salad is ready!
- Eat healthy and make sure that you are giving your body as much as vitamins as possible, especially Vitamin A, C and D. Include veggies like kale and spinach and fruits like orange, mango and strawberry in your diet for Vitamins A and C. For Vitamin D, she suggested exposing your body to the sunlight before 9 am.
- Start and end your day with a glass of warm water with a few drops of lemon in it.
- Pranayam works wonders for your body. It will improve the blood and energy flow in the body.
- Get a good night’s sleep.
- Go for green juices as they will not only help in boosting immunity, they will also give you a glowing skin.
- Even though we might have a lot of free time at our hands due to the lockdown, try to control your screen time. As a bride-to-be, you don’t wanna crazy dark circles, right!?
- Indulge in some flirting with your fiancé every now and then. Healthy flirting releases a chemical called serotonin, which is also called the happy chemical as it contributes to wellbeing and happiness.
Along with the above recipes and tips, do not forget to give your body a good workout sesh for at least 30 mins every day. And do not take stress, brides. You will have your dream wedding, just gotta give it some time.
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