Anemia is a problem which chiefly affects women, old and young alike. Most doctors would prescribe you supplements for the same, but in the long run they might have some side effects on your body. So we must treat anemia through our diet rather than depending solely on the supplements. Given below are recipes of dry fruit milk shakes rich in iron, which can help you in treating the problem. The first recipe is for a milk shake which has to be served cold while the second one is for a warmer one.
Cold – Papaya Iron Punch, this milk shake chiefly uses papaya, dried figs and dates, which make it rich in iron.
- Dried Figs
- Oats – 2 tbsp
- Milk – 2 cups
- Honey – 3 tbsp
- Vanilla extract – 1/2 tsp
- Finely chop papaya, dates and the dried figs after removing their seeds.
- Add ½ cup of milk, raisins, oats, chopped papaya, dates and figs to a bowl and let them soak for nearly ½ hour.
- In the meantime place the rest of the milk inside a freezer.
- With the help of a blender or a food processor, grind the ingredients into the bowl into a smooth paste. To the paste add honey, iced milk and vanilla extract and blend it well.
- Pour it into a glass and serve cold.
For kids, you can add some vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup while blending. Oats are used only for increasing the fiber content of the shake while keeping the calories to the minimum, perfect for the calorie conscious. You can also replace honey with sugar to suit your taste.
Papaya Iron Punch is best suited for the summer months, while the recipe for date milk shakes given below will work well in winters.
Hot – Papaya Iron Punch
- Before using, clean all the dry fruits in some lukewarm water
- Pressure-cook them with 3-5 teaspoons of water for three whistles or until the point they become soft.
- Grind them with a little amount of milk to make a fine paste.
- To the paste add some milk to get a better consistency. Strain the mixture well.
- To the mixture add the remaining milk and blend it well.
The milk shake will taste better if served lukewarm; almonds and cashew nuts can be used for garnishing.