By Nmami Agarwal
Winter comes with a dreaded enemies—viruses and flues. Good news, the herbs and spices we all know and love in our delicious treats can actually have numerous health benefits to help us fight off winter’s chill and keep harmful bacteria and deadly diseases at bay.
Popular Herbs & Spices to Add in Your Diet
Spices like cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, nutmeg evoke warm and happy feelings especially in winters, they helps chase away any viruses and has anti-viral properties. Herbs like tulsi, thyme, rosemary, mint, and basil have soothing properties that aids in digestion and regulate blood sugar. These healing herbs bring blood to the surface of the skin, acting as a radiator of sorts, and warm the body. Garlic is another incredible herb for the immune system that has antibacterial and antiviral properties. It also helps improving circulation and keeps blood cells from clumping together.
How to Add These Herbs in Your Diet
While using these magic herbs and spices consider how the flavors and aromas will interact with the elements of a dish. Cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg tend to add sweetness to the recipes so, it goes well with fruits and in sweet recipes. Take a light-handed approach with cardamom, cloves, ginger, and star anise as they are pungent and can quickly overpower other flavors. Savory foods can be quickly overwhelmed by winter spices like cloves, cardamom, turmeric, and black pepper.
Recipes mentioned below can show you how to use flavorful herbs and spices to bring delicious taste and health benefits to meals and beverages. Their warming effects feel especially good in winter.
Kale, Turmeric and Coconut Soup
Winters call us for living on soup and this kale, turmeric and coconut soup serves as a healthy and nutritional therapy for various problems in chilly days.
- Garlic cloves- 2
- Mashed ginger-garlic- 1 teaspoon,
- Finely grated- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- Virgin olive oil – 1 teaspoon
- Coconut milk- 100 ml
- Water- 200 ml
- Broccoli(chopped)- 50g
- Cauliflower (chopped)- 50 g
- Kale (chopped), torn from stems- 25 g
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Sauté garlic, ginger, and turmeric in olive oil over medium heat for a minute.
- Add coconut milk and water in the pan and let it to boil.
- Add broccoli and cauliflower into it and cook for 10 minutes until tender.
- Add kale and cook for another 5 minutes until the kale becomessagging and softened.
- Remove cooked kale from the heat and blend the soup until it becomes smooth (add more hot water or vegetable stock if necessary).
- Add salt and pepper according to the taste and serve hot.
Ginger-Cinnamon Exotic Tea
Tea is an aromatic beverage prepared by hot or boiling water. It is believed for its potential of lowering various problems. A cup of authentic tea aligned with flavors boost up the mood and provides relaxation.
- 1 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
- 1/2 lemon wedge
- Bring water to boil in a small saucepan.
- Add turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon into it.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and lower the flame for 10 minutes.
- Strain tea into a large glass and add honey or maple syrup and lemon wedge into it and serve hot.
Thanks Giving Pumpkin Soup
A healthy and nutritional soup always adds up to an essential requirement. It is a high source of fluids and is fibrous. It further provides a feeling of fullness. Moreover, it can be served both hot or cold.
- 1 onions chopped
- 1 garlic cloves, chopped
- 200g chopped pumpkin flesh, plus the seeds
- 25g split red lentil
- ¼ small pack thyme, leaves picked, plus extra to serve
- 500ml of hot vegetable stock
- Pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the onions until softened and turns golden brown.
Add the garlic, pumpkin flesh, lentils, and thyme into it and then pour in the hot stock.
Cover and lower the flame for 20-25 minutes, until the lentils and vegetables become tender.
Wash the pumpkin seeds and heat oil in a non-stick pan and fry the seeds while stirring frequently. When the seeds look nutty and toasted, add a sprinkling of salt into it.
Blend the cooked pumpkin mixture with a hand blender or in a food processor until smooth. Add seasoning.
Add some seasoning and serve with a few thyme leaves and the toasted seeds scattered on top as per required.
Over to You:
So, make sure to add these super fighting spices, herbs, and recipes in your diet to give your body warmth from inside and relief from numerous winter diseases.