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In India, the monsoon is one of the most awaited seasons of the year. The fresh showers bring great respite from the sweltering heat of the summers that precedes it. Not to forget, the sweet fragrance of petrichor as the first rain pours down fills everyone’s heart with great joy. 

Besides all its goodness, the Indian rainy season is also notorious for bringing along many health maladies. Cold, infections, and flu are the most common monsoon-related illnesses that people suffer from. Also, with the rising concerns over the four-wave of the deadly COVID-19 infection being imminent, it is paramount that you eat healthy and immunity-building food.  

Let us look at some of the healthy monsoon food items you must include in your daily diet this rainy season in 2022. 

Masala Chai/Herbal Tea 

In India, the humble tea or chai as the locals call it is not just an ordinary beverage, for many, it is an emotion. When it starts raining, most people invariably crave for a cup of piping hot tea. But, during monsoons, you can add a bit of a healthy twist to your daily beverage and add a bit of herbal goodness to it.  

Here is one of the best monsoon tips to make your tea. You can have masala tea made with ginger, cardamon, basil leaves, or lemongrass. These spices and herbs not only add a refreshing aroma and flavour to the tea but also make it healthier and boost your immunity against infections.  

Corn 

As soon as the first shower arrives, you may see many stalls selling corn. It is one of the best foods to eat in the rainy season. Corn is a healthy food that is rich in Vitamin B6, folic acid, zinc, and many other vital minerals and vitamins.  

You can have corn in different forms, you can steam it and or you can make a sweet corn soup infused with pepper and other goodness. But, the way to enjoy corn during the rainy season is to roast it over the coal, and then rub it with some lemon juice and top it with a pinch of pepper. Are you drooling already, are you?

Jamun/Indian Blackberry 

A seasonal fruit, Jamuns or Indian blackberries are a favourite for many Indians and it is one of the healthiest foods to eat in the rainy season. These berries have antibacterial properties, and are one of the richest sources of Vitamin C.  

Healthcare experts have corroborated that it is one of the best natural foods that improves haemoglobin levels in the body. Low haemoglobin levels can affect the immune system. So, this monsoon, with the risk of COVID-19 infection looming in the ear, make sure that you have Jamuns to build your immunity and reduce the risk of infection.  

Amla/Gooseberries 

Vitamin C is one of the most essential nutrients that helps improve immunity and increases the body’s natural resistance to bacterial and viral infections. And, one of the richest sources of Vitamin C is Amla or Indian Gooseberries. Experts suggest that one gooseberry has nearly six times more Vitamin C than an orange, making it one of the superfoods. So, it is advisable to have at least one of the best foods for the rainy season to keep yourself healthy. 

Lentil soup 

When it is pouring outside, and the weather gets cooler, one of the favourite things to do in monsoon for many Indians is to order a warm soup. But, this monsoon, instead of ordering from outside, you can make your own soup at home.  

There are literally thousands of simple soup recipes online, and most of these recipes don’t need any fancy ingredients. One of the healthiest soups you can make is a lentil soup, just put together the lentils you have at home, boil them and add a few vegetables available at home along with some spices such as ginger, turmeric, pepper and simmer it for a while before having it hot.  

Rain and soup is like a match made in heaven. And apart from the warm feeling it gives that is soul soothing, it gives your body sufficient nourishment and provides vital nutrients that help build your immunity.  

While it is raining outside, you may be itching to go on a monsoon trip, right? There are many places to visit in India during monsoon. From Lonavala, to Munnar, Shillong, Coorg, you have endless options. Wherever you go, you would surely enjoy exploring the bountiful natural beauty. And, you can make your trip more enjoyable and memorable by booking your stay at the Club Mahindra Resort. There are 100+ resorts all over India and overseas, and each resort offers you plenty of unique experiences. 

 

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