Good health is what every human being wanted to achieve especially to those who have family. Since I started breastfeeding my baby, I normally prepare and eat healthy food combination. While reading about breastfeeding article, I have learned about the indigenous foods which are rich in vitamins and minerals that are very safe to eat for the whole family. It also encourage the readers to use healthy indigenous foods.
What are indigenous foods?
Indigenous foods are nature’s potent medicines with many healing properties that cannot be found in imported and processed foods. These foods abound in the environment, a testimony of God’s love, wisdom and generosity.With its perfect design, it provides the suitable fuel that enhances our bodies’ tremendous capacity to nurture, heal and regenerate.
It was so amazing that God made these indigenous foods available in perfect season. Imagine during summer nature produces succulent vegetables and fruits to provide extra water needed during that season, while during rainy season, nature produces vegetables and fruits that are sour (high in Vitamin C to strengthen the immune system against cough and colds) or high in fat (to keep us warm). Leafy vegetables abound the whole year round.
The indigenous foods in the Philippines includes fruits and vegetables, and legumes, whole grains and nuts. The photo above showed some of the indigenous foods here in the Philippines such as Kangkong, Malunggay, Kalabasa, Talong, Sitaw, Petsay, Carrots, etc.
I love drinks and shakes so let me share the healthy options for teas and drinks. For a work-at-home mom like me, it is best to prepare this at home every weekend or simply prepare the ingredients or process so that it can be readily available during weekdays.
Teas and Drinks for Relaxation
Boil the following combinations for a delicious, healing and relaxing tea:
(Tip: Use little water to boil them and drink all the water to get all the nutrients.)
- Pandan and Tanglad (Lemon Grass)
- Pandan and Avocado Leaves
- Pandan, Kamote and Saba (must be yellow ripe to replace milk and sugar)
- Kamote (Sweet Potato) and Ginger (peel the kamote or wash the skin carefully before boiling) This is a healing tea for coughs and colds.
- Pandan, Corn and yellow ripe Saba
- Kamote and Malunggay
Blend the following with any fruit in season (e.g. Melon, Watermelon, Avocado)
- Ripe Banana or Saba (must be yellow ripe to replace milk and sugar)
- Young Coconut Meat and Juice
- Coconut Milk
- Jack fruit (Langka)
credit for article and photo: vegetarianphilippines and fnri