summer drinks-Summers are here! The scorching summer heat will make us dehydrated, sweaty, fatigued and thirsty, making it important to enhance our fluid consumption. But for those who are tired of drinking the normal natural water, battle with the heat with few desi, cool, handmade drinks, as suggested by our nutrition specialist. An expert quoted “Go back to your Indian origins and satisfy your thirst with Desi thirst quenchers”. He also added “India is a hot climate country and for years, people residing in the different parts of the country have their own favourite beverage to stay cool. These glasses are not just great coolants but have a tremendous nutritional value. Natural homemade drinks, no added chemicals and healthy; easy summertime drinks like Lassi, Aam Panna, Jal-jeera, Nimbu-paani are advised. To stay hydrated and healthy this summer, Chach/ Mattha/ Butter Milk, Bael Sharbat, Coconut Water, Sugarcane Juice, Saunf Sharbat, Thandai, Water-melon Juice or Sattu Drink”.
5 Refreshing drinks to beat the scorching heat
This tangy healthful beverage is very familiar in North India and is the excellent summer thirst quencher. It is created from raw green mangoes, a combination of spices and mint leaves.
Health Benefits of this summer drinks: It has heat repellent characteristics and is a great cure for heat stroke, dehydration, gastrointestinal dysfunctions.
Nutritional Facts: Good reference of vitamin C, vitamin A and iron.
Saunf (fennel seeds) Sharbat
It is a traditional summer drink of Gujarat. Usually, sugar cubes are added to sweeten the juice and it can further be seasoned with cloves and cardamom. Another variety of saunf sharbat is with lemon juice and black salt.
Health Benefits of summer drinks : Fennel seed is a coolant and is good for metabolism. It reduces abdominal cramps, gas and bloating.
Nutritional Facts: Good source of potassium, dietary fibre, and antioxidants.
Chaach or Mattha
It is one of the most favourite summer drinks in North India. Chaach is low in fat and is 3 times quicker to digest than regular milk. All you need is 4 elements i.e. yoghurt, water, salt and zeera (cumin) powder to enjoy a tasty glass of Chaach.
Health Benefits: A convincing drink for stomach reflux and acidity.
Nutritional Facts: A strong source of calcium, potassium, vitamin B12 and protein.
Bael ka Sharbat or Wood Apple Juice is one of the best craving quenchers for the summer. A successful summer drink, which has distinctive South and North Indian variants, is made by beating the seeded pulp of Bael mixed with the water.
It promotes the immune system, combats bacterial and viral infections, gives aid from piles and respiratory disorders, act as a natural laxative and is good for skin as well.
Nutritional Facts: Good source of vitamin C, iron, tannins, dietary fibre and protein.
Sattu is the favourite powder in U.P and Bihar. This traditional power drink can be made with roasted gram flour, black salt, roasted cumin powder, lemon juice and water.
It has cooling attributes and is also good for metabolism. It is a Desi detox drink that helps to cleanse our system and remove all toxins. It aids in weight loss and has a low glycemic index, hence recommended for diabetics as well.
Nutritional Facts: Good source of iron, magnesium, low in sodium and protein.
A slice of lime, or fresh fruits with a few sprigs of mint in a bottle of water, makes it more delicious. Cucumbers, coconut water and watermelons have high water content and help to stop dehydration. Stay hydrated and feel refreshed during summers and keep yourself away from packaged drinks, colas as they are loaded with sugar, empty calories and additives. Make smart choices.