Finally, Friday marked the beginning of monsoons giving rest to the blazing sun and rising mercury. It was indeed welcome with the constant pitter-patter against the window, wind and not to forget the petrichor. These little things are enough to make a person happy and dance out with joy. Each one of us welcomed the rains in our own way and so did my daughter. On returning from school she was very happy to see the downpour. She made sure to jump across all the muddy puddles she saw.
However, amid this joy, she fell ill on Friday evening. The last two days … I know it was the weekend … but yes they were not too good for her and me. We had a runny nose and a sore throat. The most common illness of monsoon. Since it was the weekend, I didn’t want her to limit the fun element to her room. So I looked up and down, left and right in all the kitchen cabinets to churn out some soothing drinks to mark the beginning of monsoons.
Though monsoons are fun, one must take little effort into what to eat and drink since we can easily fall prey to cough, cold and flu. Rather than fretting on being house arrested, here is a peek into some of the most awesome and lip-smacking drinks. These are not only comforting but also come with hidden nutrients which help to boost immunity.
Some of our favourites are:
1. Turmeric Latte: Tough it has got a fancy name now we always knew it as ‘haldi doodh’. Well, getting a fancy name does not change the wonders this drink can cause. None the less it also has cousins in the form of turmeric chai latte, turmeric cappuccino, turmeric iced tea and turmeric fudge. Wish we were also as faithful to the good old ‘haldi’ like the others. Also known as the Golden Milk it is really easy to make. When I make it for my daughter, I simply boil the milk and add 1 tsp of turmeric along with honey for her. But when I make it for someone else, I like to add a dash of ginger, cinnamon and black pepper. Let me know how you prefer to have the turmeric latte.
2. Hot Chocolate: Also known as cocoa or drinking chocolate and in Nigeria, addressed as ‘Chocolate Tea’. This is a hot drink and very easy to make. In the ancient days, this drink was used mostly by doctors to treat people against some diseases. However, now this is quite a famous drink and is loved worldwide. Since children never say no to chocolate it is indeed the best way to say goodbyes to the weather blues. One can also experiment with this drink by adding cinnamon, peanut butter, hazelnut spread or a dash of peppermint extract.
3. Cream of Mushroom Soup: I have loved this soup ever since I was a kid. I used to love the delectable lingering taste which the soup left. So when my daughter started eating I learnt its recipe from my mom. This is a rather easy recipe with minimum ingredients and not to forget hassle free. Also, it just takes a few minutes to give you the most satisfying bowl of goodness. All you need is a handful of mushrooms, garlic, some herbs and cream. If you are not too fond of cream, you can skip it as well.
4. Masala Milk: This drink is again very famous in India. You can have it hot when you want to drive away from the blues or cold when you want to beat the heat. It is a very healthy and nutritious drink … though do keep a check on your weight! It is very good for children as it is loaded with the goodness of minerals and vitamins which come from the dry fruits used to make this drink. It is always good to keep a ground mixture of almonds, cashews and pistachios in stock. When you wish to have this drink … just add the dry fruit mixture to boiled milk along with sugar, few strands of saffron, nutmeg and cardamom powder.
5. Carom and Fennel Potion: As per Ayurveda, fennel aids in the digestive strength and carom seeds contain phytochemicals which are useful against stomach infections and other rainy season problems. It is very simple to make this drink. Just add a teaspoon of carom and fennel seeds to boiling water. Once simmered well add honey and drink it after your meals.
6. Water: While you make most of the monsoons with these amazing drinks, don’t forget water. It is quite obvious that we skip water since there is a lot of water everywhere. Children, as well as adults, don’t, feel thirsty and easily give a miss to this drink. A good way to maintain the water levels is to sip warm water with lemon and honey or the regular and an all-time favourite lemonade.
As long as you have your nutrition chalked out you really don’t need to worry about children falling ill. So don’t just sit at home, grab some hot drink and go out and jump in the muddy puddles with your children. Make the most of monsoon while they are here to stay!
This blog is a part of a #BirthdayBlogTrain hosted by Gunjan Upadhyay from ‘Tuggu n Mommy’ and Neha Sharma from ‘Growing with Nemit’. I would like to thank Ankita from ‘Lifestyle of a Professional’ for introducing me to this blog train and would further like to introduce Judy from ‘The Other Brain Inc.’ to share her take on the prompts.