With the rising temperature and scorching heat during the unbearable summer months, the body gets dehydrated and fatigued as we sweat a lot and the body loses a lot of water. For refreshments and to recover the loss of water and minerals, we generally opt for aerated water or sodas. But they are not healthy options, so this summer we need to rediscover the healthy options available to quench our thirst and beat the heat in a healthy way. Let us look at some of the wonderful and naturally healthy summer drink options to fight the blazing heat –
Coconut Water: Coconut water is a natural coolant and its sweetness makes it a perfect drink to beat the heat. It helps to recover the mineral content of the body lost due to sweating while keeping the body hydrated. For better refreshment chill it in the freeze and then have it.
Lemonade or Nimbu Paani: Nimbu Pani is made within seconds by adding lemon juice, honey or sugar, salt, and mint for flavor in water. You can even add dried cumin powder and black pepper for a tangy taste.
Lemon ginger squash: Lemon with ginger juice in sugar syrup can be refrigerated and have to satisfy your thirst. It fights against bloating and congestion thereby improving digestion.
Fruit juice: Seasonal fruits like Mosambi, Papaya, and muskmelon are readily available during the summer season and their juice helps to beat the heat instantly and gives instant relief. Each fruit has its own characteristic property apart from being loaded with vitamins and minerals. For instance, papaya is good for the stomach and aids in fighting stomach related problems while muskmelon is a rich source of fiber and assists to prevent ulcers, urinary infections, and heart-related ailments. Sugarcane is available all around the year and provides an instant source of energy and is a storehouse of antioxidants and minerals that offer energy and aids in fighting infections.
Mixed fruit punch: Blend all the fruits together and enjoy the best of all in one. Add ginger ale with ice before serving and garnish with mint leaves for flavor before serving.
Aam Panna: The mango pulp blended well with cumin powder and mint leaves is a refreshing drink and when served chilled, savored by all. This sweet and savory drink provides instant relief from the heat and keeps you energized.
Jal Jeera: Jal jeera is one of the best appetizers owing to its digestive properties and good for the stomach. This authentic drink is made by grinding chopped mint leaves, coriander leaves, roasted cumin seeds, ginger, and seedless tamarind along with a pinch of asafoetida, salt, black sugar, sugar and lemon juice in a blender and then water is added to it. After straining it can be kept for cooling or served immediately with ice.
Buttermilk: Buttermilk is also known as Chaach, a digestive drink, and an all-time favorite curd based drink. The curd is blended well in water and the addition of spices like jeera enhances its digestive benefits.
Fruit Smoothies: Blend all your favorite fruits with yogurt and enjoy the delicious smoothie topped with ice.
Mint Iced tea: Boil the water with the required amount of sugarand after cooling add mint leaves and tea bags. Brew it for few minutes and then serve it chilled after freezing. It will soothe your body and refresh your body.
These juices will definitely be a relief this summer and would prove handy to refresh your body and replenish the lost energy.