Immunity Building Beverages
by
Oberoi MasterChef’s

By Neelima Agrawal
As promised, we are bringing you the recipes of the super healthy beverages designed to boost the immune system, all dished out by the Master Chefs at the Oberoi Hotels & Resorts and Trident Hotels. Yesterday we posted the recipes of Immunity Building Breakfast Dishes. Lookout for the Indian meals and Western dishes too, ovter the next two days. All recipes are authentic Oberoi dishes, easy to cook and just what the Doctor ordered to boost that immune system. We are going to share each of the segments daily, for easy consumption of content. Of course, we are washing our hands endlessly, but the Oberoi Hotels & Resorts is asking you to match their standards of cleanliness and hygiene, that are in keeping with World Health Organization guidelines, to mitigate the risks associated with the coronavirus. For your information, don’t head out to Oberoi’s just yet, as most of the staff is working from home and practicing social distancing. Only the essential staff is in residence to take care of the few guests at some of their hotels.

CHARCOAL LEMONADE

Activated Charcoal, Lemon Juice, Sugar, Water

Ingredients

  • 100 gms Lemon Juice
  • 1 lt Water
  • 15 gms Activated Charcoal
  • 120 ml Hot Water
  • 10 gms Sugar

Method

  • Combine the activated charcoal and hot water, mixing until well combined.
  • Make lemonade out of lemon juice, water and sugar
  • Combine the activated charcoal mixture and the lemonade.

Nutritional benefits:

  • Lemon- Being a rich source of vitamin C, helps in dealing with respiratory disorders
  • And helps in curing throat infections due to its well-known antibacterial properties.
  • antiseptic and natural medications.
  • Activated Charcoal- helps in trapping toxins and chemicals in the gut, preventing their absorption in the body.

BANANA SPICE SMOOTHIE

Banana, Moringa leaves, Coconut Milk, Ginger, Cardamom, Cinnamon

Ingredients

  • 100 gms Morniga leaves
  • 100 ml Coconut Milk
  • 3 no. Banana
  • 10 gms Fresh Ginger
  • 5 gms Cardamom
  • 5 gms Cinnamon
  • Substitute Moringa with Kale/Spinach

Method

  • Blend the spinach and coconut
  • milk until smooth
  • Add the bananas, ginger,cinnamon, and cardamom and blend again.

Nutritional benefits:

  • Ginger – reducing inflammation, aiding digestion, and helping the body naturally detoxify.
  • Moringa – Helps in balancing digestive system and also helps in improving the eye sight.
  • Banana- High in anti oxidants and helps in moderating blood sugar levels. Bananas are a rich source of fibres and helps in weight loss too.

PAPAYA BASIL SMOOTHIE WITH CHIA SEEDS

Papaya, Basil Leaves, Chia Seeds, Almonds, Honey, Milk

Ingredients

  • 200 gms Frozen Papaya
  • 10 gms Basil Leaves
  • 250 ml Milk
  • 15 gms Honey
  • 30 gms Chia Seeds or Basil seeds
  • 10 gms Chopped Almonds

Method

  • Blend all the ingredients except the chia seeds and almonds till smooth.
  • Once the mixture is smooth, add chia seeds and chopped almond.Mix it well.

Nutritional benefits:

  • Papaya is best source to Lower cholesterol, helps for weight loss, boosts up immunity, low in calories, protects against arthritis, good for diabetic diet.Chia Seeds are an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and protein. They also have essential nutrients and anti-oxidants.
  • Antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anticancer properties of basil. There is a notable amount of vitamin A and other antioxidants in basil, which can help reduce oxidative stress and chronic inflammation around the body.

ROOT WATER

Ginger , galangal, lemon, honey, turmeric.

Ingredients

  • Water 500 ml
  • Ginger peeled and sliced 15 gms
  • Galangal peeled and sliced 15 gms(Optional)
  • Turmeric 5gms
  • Lemon 1 no
  • Honey 10gms

Method

  • Boil water along with ginger, galangal and turmeric. Strain once the flavor is infused and cool the liquid. Squeeze one lemon into this and mix the honey before serving.

Nutritional benefits:

  • Reduce inflammation. Relieve pain. Support immune functions by properties of ginger and galangal. Decrease nausea.

RED BOOSTER

Beetroot , carrot, tomato.

Ingredients

  • Beetroot 200g
  • Carrot 100g
  • Tomato 100g
  • Rock salt to taste
  • Lemon juice to taste
  • Water 400ml

Method

  • Peel and chop beetroot , carrot and tomatoes. Blend along with 300ml of water. Add more water if required to adjust consistency. Add lemon juice and rock salt according to taste and serve without straining to reserve the essential fibers

Nutritional benefits:

  • Carrot, beetroot and tomatoes are rich in antioxidants and thus free our body from toxins, free radicals purify our blood. They help us de tox and clean up our body internally.

Kale, Tomato & Celery.

Ingredients

  • Tomatoes 3nos.
    Parsley 10 gms
  • Celery stalk 2 nos
  • Kale leaves 3 nos.
  • Lemon 1 no.
  • Substitute Kale with Baby spinach, rocket leaves
  • Parsley with fresh coriander/dill

Method

  • Juice tomato and parsley together add rest and blend.

Nutritional benefits:

  • High in vitamin C. restores pH level to your blood it is very alkaline which is important to optimal health. Contains compound called phthalates which relaxes the artery walls beneficial for reducing cardiovascular diseases.

DATE & BANANA SMOOTHIE

Almond Milk, Dates, Bananas, Flax seeds

Ingredients

  • 75 ml Almond milk
  • 75 gms dates
  • 150 gms bananas
  • 5 gms Flax seeds /Chia seeds
  • 30 gms Honey

Method

  • Combine everything in a blender.
  • Blend until smooth

Nutritional benefits:

  • BANANA – Rich source of potassium and Vit C. High in Fibre.
  • DATES – Very high in anti-oxidants
  • FLAX SEEDS – High in Omega 3 fatty acids and anti-oxidants
  • HONEY – anti-oxidants, anti bacterial properties
  • ALMOND MILK- Vitamin D, Calcium, Protien

AMLA GINGER TEA

Amla, Ginger, Earl Grey Tea

Ingredients

  • Amla Juice-10 ml
  • Ginger(crushed)- 1 pod
  • Green Tea- 1 Pouch
  • Lemon Juice- 5 ml
  • Honey-15 ml
  • Water- 1cup

Method

  • Boil water with the ginger. Strain. Seep the tea. Mix the rest of the ingredients.

Nutritional benefits:

  • GREEN TEA- Antioxidant, helps build immune
  • AMLA – High in Vit C, Immunity, Metabolism, Digestion
  • GINGER – Helps to recover from flu, reduces inflammation and pain
  • LEMON – Vitamin C, Anaemia, Digestion, Hydration
  • HONEY-anti-oxidants, anti bacterial properties

KIWI & MINT COOLER

Kiwis, Lemon, Mint

Ingredients

  • Kiwi (peeled)-3
  • Mint leaves- 4-5
  • Honey- 15 ml
  • Soda water- 200 ml
  • Lemon Juice- 10 ml
  • Ice Cubes

Method

  • Combine everything in a blender.
  • Blend until smooth.

Nutritional benefits:

  • KIWI- Vit C, boosts immunity, regulates blood pressure
  • MINT-Aids digestion, common cold, headache
  • HONEY-anti-oxidants, anti bacterial properties
  • LEMON-Vitamin C, Anaemia, Digestion, Hydration

GREEN RUSH

Spinach, Green Apple, Celery and Cucumber

Ingredients

  • 75gms cucumber
  • 75gms Green Apple
  • 75gms Spinach Leaves
  • 50gms Celery stick
  • 10ml Lemon juice

Substitute
Green apple with red apple
Celery with- Fennel

Method

  • Blend all the ingredients until smooth with crushed ice
  • Garnish with a celery stick and Serve chilled

Nutritional benefits:

  • Cucumber is a great source of antioxidants and provides hydration to the body
  • Celery contains a plant compound called apigenin, which acts as an antiinflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and antioxidant agent
  • Spinach is a great source of iron and vitamin A Green Apple provide both vitamins A and C to the body

ROSE LICORICE

Gulkand and licorice flavored welcome drink

Ingredients

  • 50gms Gulkand
  • 75ml Amla Juice
  • 5gms Mulethi Powder
  • 200 ml Water
  • Substitute
    Gulkand with ground rose
    petals and sugar Substitute Mulethi with fennel seeds

Method

  • Boil Gulkand in water until completely dissolved and strain
  • Add mulethi powder and amla juice and serve warm

*ensure the drink has got its sweetness from the Gulkand else add sugar if required

Nutritional benefits:

  • Gulkand helps to get rid of toxins from the body and purifies the blood.
  • Licorice is a wonderful remedy for sore throat, ingestion and cold.
  • Amla is one of the greatest source of antioxidants and vitamin A
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