Today is the first official day of summer! As we move into the hotter months, it’s a great time to enjoy fresh seasonal foods and cool off with the most satisfying and nutritious of beverages, juice and smoothies. Some summers, temperatures begin to soar high leaving everyone feeling fatigued, sweaty and messed up. Staying hydrated is the most important factor to keep going in this sweltering heat and maintain good health. India is rich with various spices, herbs, veggies and fruits and many of them are unique to a particular area or region. The warm weather is here. When it comes to its healthiness, many people are divided. Some argue that it’s too high in sugar, while others champion its high nutrient content. Which means spending time outside lounging by the pool..or kiddie pool in my case. Each and every one of these drinks would be absolute perfection to cool down with on a hot day. Plus they are all non-alcoholic, which means that all those kiddos who are now out of school can enjoy also. This summer you can enjoy your favorite cooling drink but with less sugar and much more natural flavors.
Amazing nutrition Drinks in Summer
1. Aam Panna:
An absolute lip-smacking drink that is mostly popular in Maharashtra is made with our favourite king of fruits- mango. This refreshing summer drink is prepared using mango pulp and blended with cumin, jeera and mint leaves. This drink does not only keep you refreshed but also energized through sunny days. Raw mangoes are rich in vitamin c and iron. In this recipe, I have boiled the raw mangoes. Another way is to roast the raw mangoes.
2. Nimbu pani:
This is the cheapest and might be the most used summer drink in India. You can add flavor to it by adding mint juice, roasted cumin powder, black salt or make it Sweet – shikanji or have it salty. Some people also like to add ginger juice but then ginger is heaty. In the western India, this is called as nimbu pani and in north India, its called as shikanji.
3. Sugarcane Juice:
Sugar cane juice is used as a natural remedy to a host of problems. It makes for an energy drink and helps build up plasma and body fluids, helping you counter dehydration and dullness.
4. Buttermilk (Chaas):
Made using yogurt popular in the whole of India. You can flavor it with mint, ginger, cumin powder or curry leaves and even do an oil tempering with herbs and spices. Buttermilk or popularly known as chaas is an amazing curd-based drink that is undoubtedly an Indian favourite. Chaas is a brilliant digestive, and the addition of spices like jeera only enhances the benefits it has to offer.
5. Coconut Water:
A chilled glass of coconut water can instantly cheer you up. The mild sweetness and fresh taste makes it just the perfect drink to keep summer blues at bay. It also makes for a great electrolyte, so every time you feel dehydrated.
6. Red for Heart Health:
Naturally red foods are rich in lycopene and anthocyanin, phytonutrients that improve blood pressure and enhance the circulatory system add cherries, lime juice, mint leaves, agave and water to a blender and blend up until smooth. Pour some of the cherry mixture over ice in a glass and add lemon-lime soda to the top and Enjoy this refreshing probiotic drink made with watermelon and kombucha. It’s completely sugar-free, made with 3 easy ingredients, so refreshing and healthy. Tomato juice is particularly high in vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that supports iron absorption and promotes skin and immune health. It’s also a good source of lycopene, a carotenoid and antioxidant that gives tomatoes their red color. In fact, 80% of dietary lycopene is reported to come from tomato juice, spaghetti sauce, or pizza sauce.
7. Rooh afza:
It is sweet rose scented healthy syrup that is made with fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and roots. You can add it to milk, Kulfi, Falooda, Ice cream, Phirni or have it simply with plain water.
It’s a spiced Indian cooling drink also used as an appetizer or just as a drink quite famous in north India. Jaljeera is made using jeera and water. The cumin seeds or jeera is roasted and made into coarse powder and mixed in water. This solution is best for people dealing with digestion problems, especially during summers.
This is a smooth and creamy beverage popular in the Maharashtrian and Gujarati cuisine of western India. Piyush is a bit similar to the popular beverage lassi.
What’s better than the Punjabi lassi? This smooth and creamy yogurt based refreshment is considered to be an amazing summer cooler. The best part is, you can easily add many variations to it, from classic to mint, avocado, mango to banana walnut lassi and more.
11. Barley Water:
Barley water makes for an ancient remedy for good health. All you need to make this elixir is pearl barley, water, salt, a dash of honey and lemon and you are good to go.
12. Cucumber, Mint and Lemon Fizz:
This refreshing Cucumber, Mint and Lemon Fizz will cool you down and keep you hydrated, without having to reach for sugary drinks
13. Sandalwood sherbet:
A cooling and thirst quenching drink made with sandalwood powder. Sandalwood powder can be got from an ayurvedic shop.
14. Homemade iced tea:
Although not fermented, homemade chilled teas have their own nutritional benefits. The summer is a perfect time to enjoy all the healing qualities of herbal teas in its most refreshing form naturally flavoured with fresh herbs, lemon and raw honey for a touch of sweetness.
15. Iced Coffee Protein Shake:
This refreshing Iced Coffee Protein Shake will make any day so much better. It’s nutrient-packed, satisfying and super Healthy made with only Natural real ingredients. NO store-bought protein powders.
16. Watermelon Cucumber mint juice:
This Watermelon Cucumber Mint Juice is absolutely refreshing. It’s made with all natural and organic ingredients. Perfect drink to cool down this summer your whole family will love.
17. Ginger Lemonade:
During a hot summer day, there’s nothing quite as refreshing as a cool glass of lemonade. Relax and recharge with this delicious, health-infused paleo and keto-friendly Fizzy Ginger Lemonade.
18. Strawberry Honey Hibiscus Iced Tea:
This Strawberry Honey Hibiscus Iced Tea is made with fresh strawberries, dried hibiscus flowers and sweetened with honey. It’s easily made and so refreshing. You’ll be drinking this drink all summer long.
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