As we continue to work from home and safeguard ourselves from the second wave of COVID-19, eating at home and cooking your own meals can help you keep track of what you are putting into your body. Especially amidst the pandemic, you need a stronger immune system. If you're wondering where you should start, we've got you covered with these 30 healthy and immunity-boosting recipes that should sort you out for all 30 days of the month, beginning from breakfast and lunch and right up to dinner. Scroll on for more.
These recipes will help you start your day on the right note. They're packed with energy-boosting vitamins and minerals and just as yum too:
A healthy concoction of fresh lemongrass, chives, ginger and sugar, this tea is like a more refreshing version of your chai. Plus, lemongrass is known to help with regulating cholesterol and promoting healthy digestion.
Blueberry Green Tea Smoothie
Known to be a superfood, blueberries are nutrient-rich. They contain vitamin K, manganese, vitamin C and are rich in fibre. Green tea, on the other hand, is known to strengthen the immune system. The two come together in this refreshing and summer-friendly drink that should absolutely be on your breakfast menu.
A combination of broccoli, lemon and apple chunks, the broccoli booster is a smoothie full of vitamin A and antioxidants. Beat the heat this summer with a tall glass while you stay in and stay safe.
Raw Mango Drink
A childhood favourite, this raw mango drink has the sweet-and-sour goodness of raw mango. The fruit is said to be good for the hair and skin because of the presence of vitamin C and vitamin A. Try it out.
Quinoa is gluten-free, high in fibre and has a low glycemic index, making it great for keeping blood sugar levels under check. Add a couple of almonds, spinach and dried cranberries to turn it into a grand breakfast.
Immunity Booster Powder
Easy-to-make, this immunity-boosting powder is made with fennel seeds, which is a powerful source of antioxidants and vitamin C; and coriander seeds that are known to be good for heart health.
For all the chai lovers who are trying to keep it healthy, these are good alternatives for you. From antioxidant-rich chamomile tea to a coconut ginger turmeric tea with antiseptic properties, these soothing beverages will help you start your day on the right note.
Green Kiwi Smoothie
This green smoothie is made with green apple, spinach, cucumber, kiwi and bananas, all of which are nutritional powerhouses. Our smoothie combines them to give you a healthy and tasty breakfast option.
Healthy smoothies 3 ways
If you're looking for a healthy treat, look no further. Our green tea, almond and coconut and banana cinnamon smoothies will give you just the energy boost you're looking for.
Oats and almond milkshake
A delicious and healthy option for an on-the-go milkshake–It comes with oats and almonds that are well known for being rich in fibre and minerals, magnesium and vitamin E, respectively.
Blueberry muesli cake
Craving something sweet but want it to be healthy? Here's a recipe–made with muesli and blueberries–that should do the trick. A cake that's high in fibre, protein and antioxidants thanks to the berries present. And it's indulgent too.
Mango and avocado salad
Made with juicy mangoes and creamy avocados, here's a summer salad that doesn't only pack a punch, but is also rich in vitamin C and vitamin E, which are known to have antioxidants and promote good skin health.
Spinach cream soup
This creamy soup is made with iron and antioxidant-rich spinach leaves. Add in a dollop of butter and a spoonful of crushed garlic to make it even more flavourful.
Pumpkins are supposed to have high vitamin A content, a nutrient that's known to be good for eyesight. A great way to add this to your diet is through a delicious soup. Try out our recipe and let us know how it went.
Watermelon feta salad
A salad made with cooling chunks of watermelon, mint leaves and creamy feta cheese. The ingredients come together to give you a flavourful recipe that should keep your body hydrated and your hunger pangs at bay. We also have a unique topping in the form of onions, which helps give the dish that extra crunch.
Indian spiced soup
Looking for something healthy to eat, while you work from home? Give our recipe a go. Here's a soup that comes loaded with Indian spices like turmeric, ginger and cinnamon, which are all known to have soothing, antiviral and antibacterial properties.
Instagram-worthy andgolden-coloured, the turmeric hummus isn't just good for your grid, but also your health. Turmeric is widely known to have antiseptic and immunity boosting properties. Try our recipe and let us know what you think.
Raw mango dal
If you're bored of your regular dal, this tangy toor dal recipe is a great option for you to try. Toor dal is naturally rich in protein and minerals like iron and calcium while the raw mango adds some extra zing to the dish.
Spiced spinach and chickpea salad
Here's our take on the spinach and chickpea salad. Add a pinch of garam masala, garlic and coriander to the chickpeas, apricots and spinach, and you have a salad that combines the goodness of indian spices with nutrient rich ingredients like spinach, apricots and chickpeas.
White pumpkin curry
White pumpkin is known to have anti-inflammatory properties and improve immunity. Include it in your diet via an easy and tasty sabzi-style preparation made with coconut, mustard seed and spices.
Cucumber carrot curd rice
One can hardly debate the comfort that the classic curd rice can provide. In our version, we've added cucumber, milk, mustard seeds and carrots. All ingredients which could work as stress busters.
Rose and fig ladoos
Made with rose petals, figs, almond powder and raisins, these rose and fig ladoos are packed with nutrients, thanks to the dried fruits. Almonds are known to be rich in vitamin E while figs and raisins are said to be rich in vitamin C and calcium, respectively.
Radish leaf and coconut salad
The ingredients used in this salad are rich in vitamin A, C and are known to have high fibre content. And then there's chillies, croutons and cheese for that extra kick of flavour.
Made with tomatoes, green chillies, ginger, turmeric and a generous amount of lemon juice, the lemon rasam recipe is a quick one. The turmeric adds anti-inflammatory properties while the rasam promotes toxin removal and is loaded with antioxidants.
Beetroot and spinach salad
Beetroot helps foster gut health and is said to contain vitamin C and zinc. This salad recipe combines beetroots and spinach with a refreshing mint and a yoghurt dressing. And yes, not only is it easy on the eyes but it's also super healthy.
Chicken ramen noodle soup
A classic Asian dish that could also be good for your immunity, our hot chicken broth will help lift up your spirits on a down day. Plus, the addition of bell peppers and chopped carrots to give you your supply of vitamin C and vitamin A.
Cauliflower leaf and celery salad
It isn't often that you hear of a salad that uses the cauliflower leaf instead of the floret. Our recipe, however, combines celery, carrots and navy beans with cauli greens to give you a wholesome dish. Did you know the leaves are known to be rich in fibre and vitamin C? Well, now you do.
Spinach soup pasta
Inspired by Popeye, a pasta that has a creamy flavour and packed with the goodness of health. Spinach is rich in iron and antioxidants, which are known to play a significant role in promoting healthy skin and hair. Try it for when you're craving comfort food that doesn't hurt the diet.
Seared tofu with tomato
Tofu is considered to be a vegan source of protein that aids in boosting one's immune system. It is also said to be rich in calcium, magnesium, protein and zinc.The tomato adds a kick of flavour, making it a healthy and easy dinner recipe for a busy day.
Thoran is commonly eaten in Kerala. One of the key ingredients in it, other than cabbage, is coconut oil, which is known to aid the metabolism and have antibacterial properties which could help fight off infections. The two come together in this recipe to give you a regional delight.