NuttyYogi — Immunity

Winter Foods

Winter Foods 0

With the days becoming shorter and nights getting longer, 

When you decide to get the warm clothes out of the closet,

When you feel like having that warm cuppa

And snuggling up in that warm blanket,

You know that the winter season is slowly creeping in!

What food do we generally associate with winter? A plate of hot pakodas and a cup of masala chai, yummmm…

Winter is the season to have warm foods. It is also the season where we all go through a bout of flu due to the cold weather and an active population of microbes in the atmosphere.

Here are a few tips to boost our immunity and keep us healthy throughout the season.

Nature gives us an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables especially during the winter months. A good intake of the seasonal fruits and vegetables gives us enough vitamins and minerals to boost our immunity. Some of this seasonal produce that we need to include on a daily basis - 

  • Oranges, sweet lime, guava, grapes and strawberry
  • Seasonal fruits, rich in vitamin C, vitamin A and minerals like potassium, zinc, magnesium and iron. Not only these nutrients help to build up the immunity but they are also helpful in ensuring that the metabolic processes happen smoothly in the body.

  • Gooseberry
  • A sure shot way to beat the virus that tries to invade your body. Its antimicrobial properties make it a potent immune booster. Have it in the form of pickle/just plain with some spices and your body will surely thank you for this wonderful goodie.

  • Seasonal veggies
  • Carrots and peas are abundantly available and so are roots like sweet potato, tapioca, yam etc. They are energy dense vegetables ideally to be had during winter to give the body enough energy to fight against the cold and windy weather. 

  • Soups and herbal teas
  • Since cold weather does not stimulate thirst, many of us end up feeling dehydrated and fatigue at the end of the day. Including warm drinks like soups and herbal teas not only adds nutrition but also keeps us hydrated. Herbal teas made with tulasi, big thyme/ajwain leaves/ cinnamon/ cloves/ ginger etc give warmth to the body and prevent infections. Soups made with sweetcorn/mushroom/chicken/mixed vegetables not only give comfort but can be filling and provide loads of nutrition. Don't forget to take small sips of warm water throughout the day.

  • Whole grains
  • Bajra/pearl millet is the one to go in for. Not only is Bajra high in protein, iron and fibre but it also has a warming effect on the body. So adding bajra flour to your rotis/cheelas/theplas/dosa/bhakri will magnify the health benefits of that food. 

  • Haldi vala doodh
  • A drink that will take you to your childhood days when your mother/grandmother used to prepare this to help you manage cold/cough. Antimicrobial action of turmeric, black pepper that soothes the throat and the warm comforting milk is all you require to get a good night’s sleep. 

  • Nuts 
  • Gond ka ladoo is very famous in North India and is consumed specially during winters to give the body protection against the winter chill. It is also given to lactating mothers to boost the milk supply and provide warmth to the body. It is made using edible gum, dried fruits like almond, pista and seeds like poppy seeds, watermelon seeds etc and ghee. 

    Including these foods during this chill weather can help you deal with the extreme season. Apart from the food, keeping yourself warm, getting sufficient sleep and doing moderate exercises will help you to stay fit and ward off any infections that you may get. 

    Eat right and enjoy the chill!

    • Pallavi Gupta
    • Tags: Immunity
    Marrying Ayurveda to Modern day Diets

    Marrying Ayurveda to Modern day Diets 0

    Marrying Ayurveda to Modern day Diets 

    There is no denying that currently we are on a roller coster ride full of new diets and fads. These include diets of cleanse, superfoods, clean eating, detox and the list can go on. What we forget is that Indian Ayurveda had known and practised this science generations ago and there is a vast treasure of knowledge what we have had all along. Ayurveda, an age-old Indian science, has secrets to clean, healthy lives that don't need you to spend excessively on every new health fad, and can be accessed through one's everyday kitchen.

    Ayurveda talks about elements our body is build of air, water, fire, ether and earth and the misbalances these elements get into - the doshas - Vata, Pitha and Kapha! The key is to eliminate or reduce the dosha and achieve a state of harmony. All foods many not suit us despite being inherently healthy and safe to consume. So how to do we really figure whats good for us. 

    There are two simple choices in front of us. We go to a Ayurvedic practitioner and get our dosa checked and go as per recommended diets for the same. Or better still start listening to our bodies. Is the red rice we just had, actually made us feel lighter or heavier. How did we emotionally feel after consuming a particular food group at the time of the day. If we felt lighter, energetic, happy. We can listen to our internal gut system. 

    Going on a diet should not be a mind game but mindful eating would actually lead us to the bliss we are looking from a healthier body…..


    Pearly Barley Risotto

    Pearly Barley Risotto 0

    From this point forward, barley will be your new best friend. Unlike plain white rice, pearl barley is an excellent source of fibre and protein, to keep you full and energised longer.

    2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
    1/2 Cup Diced Shallots or Onions
    2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
    1 cup mixed Mushrooms of all the types available.
    1 Teaspoon Nutty Yogi Italian Seasoning or mixed herbs of your choice
    1/2 Teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt
    1/4 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
    1 Cup Pearl Barley (soaked overnight and par boiled)
    4 - 4 1/2 Cups Vegetable Stock
    2 Tablespoons Balsamic, Apple Cider, or Red Wine Vinegar
    1/4 Cup Nutritional Yeast (for vegan options) // Parmesan

    Place a large saucepan over medium heat and add the olive oil. Once melted or shimmering, add onions and saute until softened and translucent; about 5 - 6 minutes.
    Mix in all the herbs and seasonings, followed by the barley. Stir thoroughly and saute for 4 - 5 minutes longer to gently toast the grains. Gently pour 4 cups of the stock in, followed by the vinegar. Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low, and let cook for 30 - 35 minutes, until the grains are tender and the liquid has almost entirely been absorbed.
    Add the cheese cooking for just a minute
    Turn off the heat and stir in the creamy finish of your choice. Serve hot!

    #nuttyyogi #risotto #barley#healthyeating #healthyliving #italian#nuttyfood
    Gluten Free, Vegan Sugar Free Coconut Pancakes

    Gluten Free, Vegan Sugar Free Coconut Pancakes 0

    Coconut Flour Pancakes

    Here’s more to quick fire healthy breakfast series. Low Carb, Gluten Free, Keto Friendly, Vegan Coconut Flour Pancakes. And these are just yummy. High on fibre they keep you full for longer and are simply delicious to eat.


    • 1/2 cup coconut flour 
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons maple / honey 
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
    • A pinch of salt
    • In a large bowl, combine the coconut flour,  baking powder, vanilla extract, and salt. Use a whisk to stir it all together, breaking up any clumps.
    • In a greased skillet over medium-low heat, add 3 tablespoons of the pancake batter and allow it to cook until bubbles start to form in the middle of the pancake, about 4 to 5 minutes. Flip the pancake and let it cook on the other side, about 2 more minutes, or until both sides are golden. 
    • Once ready drizzle the maple syrup / honey and add the choice of your fruits on top
    • If you are looking for a savoury version have it with the chutney / sauce of your choice.
    Real Immunity Building Techniques

    Real Immunity Building Techniques 0


     Are you prone to frequent infections? Do you often complain ‘I am tired’?  
    The bad news is then, chances are that your immune system, which protects the body from infection, is struggling to do its job! The good news is; there are many out there like you! But the real good news is there are some easy techniques you can follow to build your immunity. Let’s see what we can do to strengthen our immunity.

    Stress, unfortunately, is the most repeated word in our casual conversations. The stress hormone, cortisol, can suppress the effectiveness of body’s ability to fight infections. Stanford psychologist Kelly McGonigal has been a champion of rethinking stress, noting that the right approach can make you smarter and stronger. Trouble free ways to deal with stress are:

    • Meditations
    • Controlled breathing
    • Listening to calming music
    • Talking to a therapist etc.

    Another easy and happy technique to build immunity is a good 7 hour sleep! Researchers say adequate sleep helps T cells in your body fight off infection. Numerous studies have reported the benefits of a good night’s sleep. Oh! Benefits of good sleep could very well just be another blog topic. So friends, watch out for one soon, titled, ‘Stay ‘Yaawn’ at heart’.

    Following a moderate exercise program regularly is key to a healthy living. Physical activity may help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways. You don’t need to be a gym rat or a power lifter to change the antibodies and white blood cells (WBC) which are body’s immune system cells that fight disease. It can even be something as simple as a 30 minute walk, or swaying to your favorite music at home. So, keep moving and prevent that bacteria from growing!

    Also, do no forget to have a colourful plate of fruits and vegetables to heal your gut so that you get all the goodness from food rather than supplements. A healthy gut can contribute to a strong immune system. Fruits and vegetables in your diet significantly increases your antibody response. Taking a moment to remember my mom who had to roll her eyes, tongue and wag her index finger to get some vegetables into my little body. Things have changed from then, now, she does it over Whatsapp! That’s how important it is, no kidding!

    So, let us remember that a happy immune system is a happy you. I have already started with these simple techniques to keep my immune system happy and healthy. How about you?

    About the Author


    I am Sreebala, a peaceful looking (request not to reconfirm this with my family members) home maker who is an avid learner of life and its interesting ways! Enjoys my tryst with words; my passion for acting, my never dying love for singing, these days more so when no one is listening, studying spiritual courses and understanding my journey on this planet .

    So this journey that I just mentioned has been a bit of a roller coaster types. I am on an adventure ride with autoimmune condition Lupus (SLE) which brings along many others conditions with it as if it was looking for an avenue to expose its unpopular relatives. Nevertheless, I enjoy the unpredictability of my life. I learned to develop a pace (read: pause) of my own physically and emotionally. Now you know why I am part of a wellness blog!

    I live in Dubai with my husband and son. They eat the food (read: whatever) I make. So they should be good people. I think I forgot to mention that I love cookie…err .. cooking!

    ‘Life’s better when you are laughing’. Cheers!




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