With the current COVID 19 crises and lockdowns, you’re probably spending a bit of your new-found “downtime” in the kitchen trying out new recipes. You’re also probably, wondering how to stay as healthy as possible during this critical time. So, we have delved into the menus created by wellness experts at Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas to provide some immunity and health boosting recipes.
Anantara’s chefs combine ancient medicinal herbs, spices and the freshest organic produce with modern taste profiles. These drinks and dishes all feature ingredients that provide unique health benefits. These dishes will support you on your wellness journey to shore up your physical defenses, assuage stress, and be ready for whatever comes our way next.
Executive Chef Geert Jan Vaartjes at Anantara’s Hoi An, Vietnam property, says: “The easiest and healthiest way to boost your immune system is simply to eat freshly-cooked and prepared food. When you make dishes from scratch, you control the ingredients and, by using fresh produce, you are eating more nutrients than you would get from packaged food.”
Kombucha – Anantara Hoi An Resort, Vietnam
Every morning in Hoi An, Vietnam, breakfast starts with Kombucha, the traditional fermented drink made from local green tea and sugar. The fermented beverage is purported to improve digestion and diabetes, strengthen the immune system, reduce blood pressure, and detoxify the body. The fermentation process takes 7 to 13 days, and you need to have a live SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) – if you want to try making some while you’re at home, try this kit).
If you are unable to obtain a Kombucha-making kit, you can get many of the same beneficial results from drinking fermented apple cider vinegar. In Hoi An, drinking vinegar is created by adding 2 tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar to a glass of distilled water (that’s water that has been boiled and cooled – or, in Ayurvedic terms, “cooked”). Drink every morning.
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