Honey Benefits in Winters with the Gujarati Concept of Shiraman
By Fairy Khimani
Consumption of honey in winters is very essential for the body and brain as it has atendency to warm the body up internally and can bring the immunity and energythroughout the day
Honey Benefits in Winters
Indian culture has a deep rooted belief in ayurveda and yoga. The actual meaning of ayurveda is “the science of life”. Ayurveda contains a huge number of such elements and aushadhis (ayurvedic medicines) which can help treat the toughest and the most dangerous of the diseases. Honey being a superfood is one of the major components used in ayurveda. Honey in Ayurveda is considered to be one of the aushadhis.
Winters and Honey are best friends, including honey in our breakfasts can give us the energy that we require in winters. Honey is a rich source of carbohydrates and has the tendency to warm your body up during a chilly morning. A warmed body will have the immunity to fight back the diseases during winters.
The Concept of Shiraman - Gujarati Healthy Breakfast
In the Gujarat region of India, there is a beautiful concept of a healthy breakfast called “Shiraman”. Shiraman means the meal taken before lunch. In the villages the shiraman is prepared in the morning by the ladies of the house. Farmers go to the fields after having shiraman and the wives pack them the “Bhaatu” (lunch) to take along. Shiraman in ancient times included food like :Bajra no rotlo (Millet indian flatbread), Rotli (wheat indian flatbread), Ghee (indian clarified butter), Dahi (curd/yogurt), Chhas (buttermilk), Bhakri (a type of thick roti), Dudh (milk) etc. While breakfast in modern days means cookies, bread, pancakes and coffee.
Including honey in shiraman during winters can be the best solution for all your health problems. Honey includes antibacterial and antifungal properties which helps kill the unwanted bacteria and fungus from the body, has properties to heal wounds and treat sore throat. Consumption of raw honey daily in the morning can help improve your metabolism and convert your food directly into energy.
Madh-Rotli as a saviour in Winters
The concept of “Madh-Rotli” (Honey and wheat flatbread) is still popular in the old households of gujarat. Madh-Rotli is the perfect combination of health and taste to be included in the Shiraman. Madh-Rotli is solely one recipe which has all the qualities of taste, health and it can be easte by any age group of people. As plain roti is rich in soluble fibers, it balances the cholesterol, helps keep the digestive system healthy. Roti includes a wide range of vitamins like B1. B2, B3, B6 and B9.With this Roti also includes other nutrients like phosphorus, magnesium, iron, calcium etc. While honey being rich in antibacterial and antifungal properties and Roti having numerous nutrients and vitamins, Madh-Rotli can be a very delicious blend of fibers, vitamins, nutrients and the healing properties of honey.
Consuming Madhudhara Raw Honey in Shiraman gives the amount of energy that is required for your body and your brain to function in the day. Madhudhara Raw Honey also acts as a catalyst for the nutrients that our body consumes during the day. Honey behaves as a carrier of the nutrients to different parts of the body and helps them fulfill the purpose of making our body and brain immune, healthy and fresh.
Quick and Easy Honey Breakfast Recipe Ideas
However in this new era, people living in cities and leading a busy life do not have time to prepare a very healthy breakfast every morning. It takes effort and time to prepare a healthy meal, which is not possible for people who are working morning to evening. So, Here are a few quick and easy Shiraman recipe ideas for people who are looking to lead a healthy lifestyle.