Summer equals school holidays, swimming with friends and cold treats galore. However, the scorching temperatures can also lead to, dehydration, dizziness and fatigue tummy upsets. So how do you help your little ones stay active and healthy this season?
We tell you how to make use of nature’s gift to bring down the ill-effects of heat and keep the energy levels high. Here are 7 seasonal foods brimming with the right summer nutrition for your kids.
Juicy, bright and sweet – who doesn’t love watermelons? You can freeze the juice as a popsicle or dice the watermelon into cubes for your kids. This fruit has high water content and is rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins A, B6 & C.
Slice tomatoes and cucumbers for an easy summer salad during meals. Cucumbers are high in fibre and water content, cleanse your system and keep you hydrated. Tomatoes contains a natural antioxidant that protects your skin.
You can serve yogurt as spiced buttermilk, sweet lassi, vegetable raita, or a fruit smoothie at any time of the day. Creamy and cold, yogurt is an excellent cooling probiotic and helps in maintaining healthy gut bacteria to settle your tummy.
A dollop of ghee spread over parathas or rotis is mouth-watering indeed – but there’s also a science to it. As per Ayurveda, pure ghee is cooling, helps in digestion and boosts absorption of nutrients from your diet. It is rich in anti-oxidants that benefit the immune system!
Coconut water is the perfect tropical drink for Indian summers! It is full of essential vitamins and minerals, and well-loved by kids. Enjoy it fresh and let your children scoop up the yummy malai.
Who can forget nimboo pani? This popular drink aids in digestion, cleanses the liver and detoxifies the body. The vitamin C in lemon boosts your kid’s immune system. Add a pinch of rock salt and mint, and give your children a glass of refreshing lime water after they come back from play.
Wave the heat goodbye with these refreshing and nutritious foods. You can also give your kids Immuno Boosters daily, as an added boost to their immunity in summer.