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Improve Natural Immunity Through These Food Items

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Variety is the key to proper nutrition. Eating just one of these foods won’t be enough to help fight off the flu, even if you eat it constantly. Pay attention to serving sizes and recommended daily intake so that you don’t get too much of a single vitamin and too little of others. Eating right is a great start, and there are other things you can do to protect you and your family from the flu, cold, and other illnesses. Improve your immunity with the help of these food items.

1. Red Capsicum

If you think citrus fruits have the most vitamin C of any fruit or vegetable, think again. Ounce for ounce, red bell peppers contain twice as much vitamin C as citrus. They’re also a rich source of beta carotene. Besides boosting your immune system, vitamin C may help maintain healthy skin. Beta carotene helps keep your eyes and skin healthy.

2. Broccoli

Broccoli is supercharged with vitamins and minerals. Packed with vitamins A, C, and E, as well as many other antioxidants and fiber, broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables you can put on your table. The key to keeping its power intact is to cook it as little as possible or better yet, not at all. Good immunity is the key not to panic.

3. Spinach

Spinach made our list not just because it’s rich in vitamin C. It’s also packed with numerous antioxidants and beta carotene, which may increase the infection-fighting ability of our immune systems. Similar to broccoli, spinach is healthiest when it’s cooked as little as possible so that it retains its nutrients. However, light cooking enhances its vitamin A and allows other nutrients to be released from oxalic acid.

4. Yogurt 

Look for yogurts that have live and active cultures printed on the label, like Greek yogurt. These cultures may stimulate your immune system to help fight diseases. Try to get plain yogurts rather than the kinds that are pre flavored and loaded with sugar. You can sweeten plain yogurt yourself with healthy fruits and a drizzle of honey instead.

5. Almonds

When it comes to preventing and fighting off colds, vitamin E tends to take a backseat to vitamin C. However, vitamin E is key to a healthy immune system. It’s a fat-soluble vitamin, meaning it requires the presence of fat to be absorbed properly. Nuts, such as almonds, are packed with the vitamin and also have healthy fats. Almonds are a great way to improve immunity.

6. Green Tea

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Both green and black teas are packed with flavonoids, a type of antioxidant. Where green tea really excels is in its levels of epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, another powerful antioxidant. EGCG has been shown to enhance immune function. The fermentation process black tea goes through destroys a lot of the EGCG. Green tea, on the other hand, is steamed and not fermented, so the EGCG is preserved.

7. Papaya

Papaya is another fruit loaded with vitamin C. You can find 224 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C in a single papaya. Papayas also have a digestive enzyme called papain that has anti-inflammatory effects. Papayas have decent amounts of potassium, B vitamins, and folate, all of which are beneficial to your overall health.

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Hibiscus Tea: The Secret To Blooming Health

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Hibiscus Tea is made using the petals of the Hibiscus Flower. It lowers your blood pressure, blood sugar and aids in weight loss. Consumed both hot and cold, it is a caffeine free alternative that can be taken individually or added to caffeinated tea. The antioxidants in the tea can also help reduce cell damage in your body.

Preparing Hibiscus Tea At Home

Step 1: Drying Petals

You can either buy Dried Hibiscus leaves (loose or in tea bags) or prepare them yourself at home. Separate the calyx and the flower from the stem. Then Remove the Seed Pods from the Calyx and separate the leaves.

Step 2: Steeping in Water

You can directly use the leaves procured above for your tea or you can use them later. They can be used all dried out as well. Steep the hibiscus leaves in hot water for about 5 minutes. If you want a stronger flavour, steep for 5 minutes.

Step 3: (Optional)Adding Other Flavours

Variants in the market include lemongrass along with the hibiscus leaves. You can also infuse the tea with cinnamon for added benefits  . Hibiscus does not contain caffeine, however, you can add it to your black tea. To tackle the tart flavour of hibiscus, try adding natural sweeteners.

Hibiscus Tea

Pouring Hibiscus Tea; Credits: Sabri Tuzcu/ stocksnap.io

Make it Iced

Refrigerate the hibiscus leaves along with mint, lime, cinnamon in a jar of water. Your drink will be ready after 8-10 hours. Remember to separate the leaves and cinnamon sticks before serving.

Iced Hibiscus Tea

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PRECAUTIONS

  • Hibiscus tea cannot be taken by pregnant women.
  • It does not react well with certain kind of medications including those of malaria.
  • It is always wise to inform you doctor about its consumption.
  • Diabetics should be careful as a high consumption might lower blood sugars dangerously

 

Alternating the consumption of this tea along with other herbal and non-herbal teas will give a fresh burst to your life.

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These 90s Candies Filled Our Life With Sweet Memories

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As we are growing old, memories of our childhood are becoming vague. However, little nostalgia like the smell of first rain, the jingle of Nirma washing powder and these days Shaktimaan are taking us back to the most loved times, The 90s. Oh and how can we forget the ‘oh sweet candies’ of 90s! Let us take a journey back to the 90s candies that filled our life with the sweetest memories.

 1. Guru Chela

Remember the packs with the face of Guru on one and the face of Chela on the other? Those were the days!

2) Phantom sweet cigarettes

Was it just I or y’all were too curious as well as scared to try these? Let’s be honest, we all faked smoking anyway!

3) Chiclets

Just look at the irresistible packaging! No doubt, it was our favourite chewing gum back then.

4) Cadbury Nutties

I’ve still seen these packs around but the chocolaty nostalgia can never be forgotten.

5) Boomer

Remember the boomer man? Does anyone know how he’s doing now? Yea,me neither! 🙁

6) Coffy Bite

In case you’re addicted to coffee, you must have been addicted to coffee bite too. Coffee candies!

7) Mango Bite

Wish we could get mango bites photocopied using a mango too! 🙁

8) Pan Pasand

This is the pan that won’t make you spit! You can still find them around at pan shops.

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Number 4 Pan pasand candy (Swipe for the process video) Tulika writes, "I’ve always loved pan. As a kid I’d be most excited about the pan counter at the wedding so naturally when I discovered the pan toffee it was an instant favourite. I still buy quite a few when I can spot them at a local shop." Illustration for the sweet memories of @tulikasaxena15 🌷 You can write to me too if you miss anything from your childhood, it can be a food item, a game or any other memory that you want to revisit. Share your stories with me, let's revisit the nineties :') Going to illustrate the things we miss from our childhood. If you too, are a kid from the glorious nineties, then you'll surely relate to all my stories Hope you enjoy the series as much as I am enjoying the process of making them! #panpasand #pancandy #indiainnineties #birthdaycandies #childhood #memories #illustration #illustratedaily #procreate

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9) Magic Pops

The sparkly party inside the mouth makes me want to grab a pack RN!

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Do you remember these from your childhood?😍 . You would love this if you were a 90's kid. This candy crackers are yum and we love how they pop in our mouths. . Magic Pops 💥 . 👉Facebook : Wanderers of Varanasi -WOV 👉FOLLOW: @wanderers.of.varanasi 👉FOLLOW: @wanderers.of.varanasi . #magicpops #popingcandy #magic #pop #candy #poprocks #cheesecake #musttry #icecream #varanasi #90s #mouthwatering #cravings #nutella #waffles #chocolate #foodblogger #food #foodie #crunch #crunchy #tasty #streetfood #yummyfood #yum #banarasi #banaras #love #wanderersofvaranasi #wov @sodelhi @fbci_official @tastemade @buzzfeedtasty @buzzfeedfood @buzzfeedindia @bbcgoodfood @foodyfetish @delhieats @foodnetwork @delhLeats @trellingfood @food52 @dillifoodies @noleftovers @foodtalkindia @saadidilli @foodreview.in @foodbeast @noleftovers @unilodgrub @bonappetitmag @beautifulfoodie @jaipurmag @dfordelh @thisisinsiderfood @foodandwine @sokolkata @foodtalkindia @therawtextures @myfoodproject @foodieincarnate

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10) Kismi

I am sure some of the love stories bloomed by offering these candies.

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The Taste Of Nostalgia: Best Childhood Snacks

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The Tasteful Old Days: Snacks That will take you back to your seven-year-old self

There is hope in the future, but there is magic in the past. And there is nothing more magical than a smell or taste that takes you back to the days of your childhood. A pocketful of money that Daadi gave and we were all set to buy our favourite midday vacation snacks. We cannot bring back those days but we can give you a tasteful glimpse of those mystic times.

 Here are your favourite childhood snacks; keep digging, keep drooling:

1. World Cup Special Lays

 

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Every time the cricket World Cup Series would come up, our all-time favourite Lays would launch a series of special flavours. International flavours were infused and packaged in beautiful colours. No one remembered the names of the flavours, all we could ask for were orange or dark green or the light blue packet from the shopkeeper.

2. Maggi Rice Noodle Mania

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Maggi came up with a special range of noodles that were rice-based. They were available in lemon, pudina, and masala to name a few. Everyone tried them at least once and needless to say, we hated them in our childhood and we’ll hate them now.

3. Chatmola

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For every road trips to train journeys, Chatmola was always a part of our food package. If we could get our hands on this amazing chooran goli today, even us grownups wouldn’t let go of them.

4. Magic Pops

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That one product that looked as mesmerising as it tasted, Magic Pops were a blast in the mouth. Though they came in a variety of flavours, the effect of the pop was nonetheless the same in all of them.

5. Fun Flips Masala

These rice puffs were available in so many flavours, but the Masala flavour remains a classic. A small packet was enough for us and our friends.

6. Chand Sitare

The perfect classroom candy, having them in our coats was like carrying around some expensive item.  No could ever differentiate between the taste of the moon and the stars, but everyone had a preference.

7. Sunfeast Dream Cream Biscuit

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The only thing better than cream biscuits is cream biscuits that come with a free gift. Sunfeast Dream Cream Biscuits came with interesting surprise gifts like stamps, sharpeners and sun themed rings that we used to make our friends jealous of us.

8. Rasna 

Remember how we would come home exhausted after hours of playing with friends, and our mummy would be ready with tumblers of Rasna. The taste of Cola and the goodness of fruit, could there be a better beverage?

9. Diptrix

Bringing together the best of both worlds- butter biscuits with flavoured creamy dips. There was a variety of flavours ranging from strawberry to chocolate, it was a perfect snack to have with our friends.

10. Cadbury Dairy Milk Wowie

This special edition that featured timeless Disney characters in milk chocolate at the centre of the classic Cadbury was a favourite among kids. It was discontinued within months but was very popular as long as it stayed.

 

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