Scorching heat, consistent thirst, weakness and fatigue! Phew! Simply unbearable!
So, presenting before you the coolest of cool drinks to keep you healthy and chilled in this heat. The much needed coolness is here. A must-read for all this summer. Go for it...
1. Nimbu Pani
You love it…I love it…We all love it. Our very own lemonade (nimbu pani). It is refreshing, cool, and enriched with the values of vitamin C. It’s 100℅ natural and there is no chance of any added preservatives. The vitamin C acts as an antioxidant, and along with water and salt, it helps to replace the loss of body electrolytes. So next time when you have to make a choice, please don’t try to replace it with cola.
2. Nariyal Pani
Direct from nature’s lap! Nothing to add, just grab one and have it. Not only does it quench your thirst but it also overcomes fatigue by preventing salt loss from the body. It is equally beneficial for both, young and old people.
Curd at its best avatar! Lassi is yet another drink to treat yourself this summer. It cools you inside out. It prevents indigestion, bloating and other digestive problems. Let’s enjoy the different flavours of lassi this summer. With nuts and cherries, mangoes and strawberries…let’s enjoy our love for lassi in this blazing summer. Feel like having one? We have an easy to make lassi recipe ready for you.
Chaach or matha is another form of cooling drink with the benefits of curd, blended with various spices like cumin, pepper and salt etc. It helps in digestion and prevents vomiting and dehydration in this terrible heat. It is the best drink to keep your stomach calm after a spicy meal.
Yet another refreshing drink to be enjoyed this summer. Thandai is milk in its glorified form! Milk, nuts, rose petals and saffron. All exotic ingredients. And you feel so refreshed and cooled. Protein, antioxidants all blended together; thandai is definitely something you should look out for this summer.
6. Aam Panna
It’s mango time! If there’s anything that’s good about summer- it’s mangoes! Aam Panna is made up of raw mangoes. Raw mangoes are enriched with the benefits of vitamin B, vitamin C, oxalic acid and citric acid. All of them help in improving the immunity of an individual. In summer, it is yet another healthy option. It also helps in preventing heat stroke. Check out this easy aam panna recipe and enjoy your homemade panna this summer.
7. Sattu and nimbu sharbet
It is a unique blend of health and taste. Sattu is roasted gram flour. So from its origin, it is clear that it is rich in protein. Apart from that, it’s rich in insoluble fibre, which means it is good for your digestive health. The health benefits also include weight loss. And along with a drop of a lemon which is an antioxidant, you get a blend of protein, fibre, and strong immunity to stay strong this summer.
8. Mango Shake
Mangoes plus milk is equivalent to awesomeness!! Protein, calcium, taste all together!! I am sure your love for mangoes is deeper than before.
9. Sugar cane juice
Energy at its best! It has more benefits than you think you know. Antioxidant, prevents dehydration, good for a healthy kidney and low in the glycemic index! One in all. Sugar cane is a complete package to keep you going this summer.
10. Bel ka sharbet
Its wood apple squash, enriched with calcium, phosphorous, iron, vitamin C and fibre. As far as it’s health benefits are considered; in one line – it simply cleans your system. It does all good from clearing your digestive system to purifying your kidney and keeping your liver healthy. It is rich in beta-carotene, thiamine, and riboflavin.
11. Watermelon juice
Another reason to smile this summer . Watermelon is definitely a saviour in this scorching heat. It contains lots of water with an abundance of nutrients. Lycopene is present in watermelon in large amounts. It acts as an anti-inflammatory and keeps many diseases at bay including the heart and inflammatory diseases. A good drink to keep you hydrated in summers.
Summer comes with a lot of pain, but as they say, “When life gives you a lemon, make lemonade”. So keep drinking your way to good health. Hope you had a good time reading. 🙂
-By Debanjana Bhattacharyya
The author is a postgraduate scholar in Food and Nutrition.
P.S- Fruits are best accepted or healthy for our body when we eat them whole. Prefer fruits to juices.