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Prep up for season change: Here’s a checklist

 Huda Shaikh
1 to 3 years

Created by Huda Shaikh
Updated on Sep 25, 2017

Prep up for season change Heres a checklist

As the season changes, so should your grocery shopping list! Won’t it be fun to hit the super market with your immunity-boosting, refreshing and season special list? Here are few things that you need to stock up for a happy and healthy home.
 

Kitchen Essentials:

1. Green tea:   Brimming with antioxidants, this   cuppa   is bound to help you ward off infections during season change. Green tea is a great alternative for milk based tea, since milk is prone to contamination, especially during the rainy season. Green tea can keep your weight in check, maintain blood sugar levels, prevent the risk of cardiovascular diseases and improve brain health too!
 

2.   Tofu: Tofu is a great source of calcium especially in the monsoon season when it’s a bit tricky to consume dairy (risk of contamination, as mentioned above). Grab a pack or two and go online to find exciting recipes to tempt your child. Tofu has an additional advantage: It is a great source of protein and iron – the nutrients that help to promote growth in a child.

 

3.   Bitter gourd (good old karela): While children cringe from this vegetable, it is a wonder veggie to keep cold and flu at bay. Bitter gourd is a wonder veggie with antibiotic, anti- fungal, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic and expectorant properties. Experiment with some recipes online and cook up karela in new ways – you never know what might just work with your child!

 

4.   Bone broth: Stocking up on bone broth is a good idea. Reason? Bone broth contains gelatin cooked form of collagen which makes up for more than of half of the protein in the body. It’s a good idea to serve your child a cup of broth if you observe early symptoms of cold and flu; I’ve seen this remedy work up a miracle. Simply throw in some veggies to the broth and you are good to go.

 

Make sure you also stock up your kitchen with herbs and spices like ginger, tulsi, methi, turmeric, black pepper and cinnamon – and use them generously while cooking your daily fare.

 

Home Essentials:

1.   Disinfectants: Come rains and you need to stock up on the best disinfectants in the market.

The changing season brings along infections and those germs are going to spread! Opt for a good, branded disinfectant especially for cleaning floors, kitchen slabs, dining areas and so on.

 

2.   Hand wash and sanitizer: Bacterial infections grow rapidly, wherein it goes on spreading from one individual to the other easily. Hence invest in a good hand wash and inculcate a habit in your child to wash hands after school, after play, after meeting friends and so on. Same goes for you! Wash hands before cooking, eating or after you have returned from travel or work. A hand sanitizer comes handy on-the-go.
 

3.   Nasal spray: No matter how hard you try; your child may still fall sick! Cold and flu are common occurrences – and the most discomforting effect is a blocked nose! Keeping a medicated spray handy will take care of troublesome nights when your child faces difficulty falling asleep due to a blocked nose. A nasal spray brings instant relief from nasal congestion – so purchase one from the medical store as soon as you feel a change in the air!

 

Even as you stock up on the essentials, here are 5 tips to keep seasonal menace at bay….

 

1.   Avoid roadside fruit juices and cut fruits.

 

2.   Avoid fish – stick to lean meat, poultry and eggs.

 

3.   Consume herbal teas like chamomile, nettle or peppermint.

 

4.   Go easy on dairy products.

 

5.   Exercise and sweat out the extra moisture, it can keep infections at bay.

 

Did you find the information shared by Huda Shaikh useful? Will you include some of the above items in your grocery list? Any questions? Huda Shaikh is here to respond to your queries. Please post your thoughts and queries in the comments section below.

 

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| Sep 29, 2017

Most welcome Kavita :)

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| Sep 29, 2017

Hi Anisha,I am glad you share the same thoughts :)

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| Sep 29, 2017

Hi Suraj,Most welcome :)

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| Sep 29, 2017

Hi Nisha,Bone broth is broth which is usually made with bones which has little meat attached to it. It can be chicken bone broth or meat bone broth. You simply need to add it to water and simmer it. It is usually simmered for 8-10hrs in order to extract out the gelatin from the bones :) Hope you are clear about it now.

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| Sep 29, 2017

Hi Anil,Most welcome :)

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| Sep 29, 2017

Hi Savitha,Most welcome :)

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| Sep 29, 2017

Hi Puloma,Most welcome :)

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| Sep 29, 2017

Hi Shreya, You can give him grilled/roasted fish once in a while. Make sure it is properly cooked. As the rainy season is a breeding season for the fish,it is best to avoid it. However if your child loves fish once in a while if you give him properly cooked fish then should not be an issue.

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| Sep 29, 2017

Hi Hina,Most welcome. You can consume 2 small cups of Kahwa in a day. It is definitely effective in case you are unable to procure green tea.

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| Sep 29, 2017

Hi Sharda,Thank you :) No please refrain from giving green tea to your child,he is still very small. Do not introduce it before he turns an adult.

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| Sep 29, 2017

Hi Aman,I am glad you read all my blogs and find them informative,most welcome :)

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| Sep 29, 2017

Hi Vikram,You can make a soup out of dudhi,preferably mix it with other veggies,grate it and add it to rawa kheer/rice kheer,add grated dudhi to pancakes,chillas,khichdis fruit puddings. In this way you can feed ghia/lauki to your little one.

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| Sep 29, 2017

Hi Promila,I would definitely second your thought,let us all lead by example :)

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| Sep 29, 2017

Hi Shikha,Most welcome :)

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| Sep 28, 2017

thanks for the info....

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| Sep 27, 2017

thanks, yes handwash and senitizer is great help in this season.

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| Sep 27, 2017

thanks for the food suggestions.

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| Sep 27, 2017

HI i am clear about bone broth? can i have some good ideas over it.

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| Sep 26, 2017

thanks for sharing

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| Sep 26, 2017

it's really very informative thanks a lot

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| Sep 25, 2017

Thank you so much. Its really high time and the blog is great help.

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| Sep 25, 2017

my child loves to eat fish. he just cannot have food without fish on his plate. is there a way out to deal with this. thank u!

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| Sep 25, 2017

Madam Huda Shaikh is blog ke liye dhanyawaad. kawa bhi utna hi asar karega, jitna green tea karti hai?

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| Sep 25, 2017

hi doctor! thank u for sharing this useful blog .can i give green tea to my 11 year old son?

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| Sep 25, 2017

HUda shaikh ji mai aapke sare blog jaroor padhta hoon. kafi informative hotey hai. is blog ke liye bhi bhut bhut shukriya.

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| Sep 25, 2017

thanks u doctor mere beta ghia bilkul nahi khata. kai baar try karke dekha. koi aur healthy alternative bataye.

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| Sep 25, 2017

children learn a lot better if parents walk the talk. washing hands hands with a soap and a sanitizer will definitely keep infections at bay.

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| Sep 25, 2017

very useful blog. thanks for sharing Huda Shaikh! it will definitely gear us up for a season change.

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