The nationwide Lockdown has turned into a fitting time for us to focus on our kitchen cabinets and figure out nutritional needs, looking at our kitchen supplies. Eating healthy ought to be a habit, no matter what the circumstances are. While the situation we find ourselves in might seem tiresome, it is in fact one of the best opportunities to eat smart that can help us stay healthy for the next few days. To ensure that, let’s take a look at these following kitchen hacks:
• Prepare, prepare
Use this time to prep ingredients that can actually quicken your cooking. Clean your coriander, peel your garlics and gingers, arrange veggies sensibly in the fridge - put things which go bad first (softer veggies) and the more durable, later. Roast, steam or stir-fry veggies (pumpkin, sweet potato, brinjal, cauliflower, carrot, beans could be great picks) and store them in different tiffins or boxes so you can toss them into your next salad, noodles, pasta or soup or even serve them as a side with grilled meats.
When you cook, make enough food that last for at least two meals by giving them a makeover. Eat some, freeze some. This way, you get a break from cooking sometimes and also have fewer dishes to wash by giving them a makeover. For example: Fry vegetables in a little oil, add some spices and leftover rice to turn it into scrumptious fried rice.
• Make the most of your lentils
Lentils can come to your daily rescue once you begin using them creatively. By simply boiling some rajma (kidney beans), chana, chholiyan (chickpeas) and Lobia (black-eyed beans) and storing them, you can be rest assured they will be good for one meal daily. Simply mix these with already prepped veggies to put together a scrumptious nutritious meal. If you have a little rajma at hand, you could use them as a toast-topping by just adding a little oregano to it.
• Immunity-building done at home
Spices, loaded with essential nutrients, have always helped us take care of our immune system. Turmeric powder, which has curcumin levels of three percent is a good pick, which is antiviral and a strong cold and flu-fighter. Curcumin is a great source of antioxidants, is, anti-microbial, anti- fungal and anti-bacterial which wards off infections. Turmeric latte is a great way to strengthen your immunity daily and very easy to make.
While black pepper is an antioxidant as well as an antibacterial agent, its rich vitamin C content is what naturally boosts the immunity. Add some lavang (cloves), jeera (cumin seeds) and ajwain (carom seeds) to your daily diet as well to make sure you are spicing up your immunity building procedure! Always ensure to pick spices that have their natural oils intact. The market is flooded with spices that have their natural oils extracted but not many know it is these natural oils in spices that lend them their health.
With these few measures in place, you are all set to make the most of your kitchen supplies during this lockdown!
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