Summer is here! and it come along with diseases like heat stroke and dehydration. But there are healthy summer drinks that can help you overcome the sweltering heat and other diseases along with it.
You know summer is the perfect time to switch to flip-flops, but did you know it’s also the right time to change your diet? Being outdoors more often and sweating, up’s your risk for health problems such as dehydration, skin sensitivities, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
The simple and delicious solution is ‘Eat local that is in-season fruits’. Consuming foods that are not in season may come with the risk of chemicals and preservatives applied to fruits and veggies to keep them fresh.
Healthy Summer Drinks To Keep Your Body Cool
There are many healthy food that we can give a try during this summer. But Nothing can beat a super cool drink. Why to go for artificial drinks if you can make a healthy one at home with limited ingredients. Today we will discuss few healthy summer drinks to keep your body cool.
1. Mint Lime Juice
Lemon is a wonder fruit with plenty of nourishing elements like Vitamin C,Vitamin B6,Vitamin A,Vitamin E, Folate, Niacin,Thiamin,Riboflavin,Pantothenic acid,Copper,Calcium,Iron,Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc, Phosphorus and Protein. Lemon juice itself is a summer drink which offers tons of health benefits.
Mint on the other hand is a calming and soothing herb that has been used for thousands of years to aid with upset stomach or indigestion. It increase bile secretion and encourage bile flow, which helps to speed and ease digestion. It consist of Fiber, Vitamin A, Iron, Manganese and Folate.
Health Benefits Of Mint Lime Juice
- Good for digestion
- Improve brain function
- Treats bad breath
- Good for weight loss
- Good for hair and skin
- Controls blood pressure
- Soothes Respiratory disorders
- A hand full of mint leaves
- 1 lemon
- Brown sugar according to taste
Blend nicely all the above ingredient along with two cups of water. Refrigerate it and enjoy the drink
Watermelon is approximately 90 per cent water, so it’s undoubtedly the best way to keep yourself hydrated. It helps with digestion and keeps the stomach cool. Eating watermelon can protect your skin from oxidative stress that contributes to the aging process, clear up acne and brightens dull complexion.
Watermelon also contains Citrulline, an amino acid that may increase nitric oxide levels in the body. Nitric oxide helps your blood vessels expand, which lowers blood pressure. Other vitamins and minerals in watermelon are also good for your heart. These include Vitamins A, B6, C, Magnesium and Potassium.
Water melon juice itself is delicious. But in order to give a twist and of course for a change we will go for watermelon breeze.
Health benefits of water melon
- Hydrates your body
- Fights cancer
- Lower inflammation and stress
- Good for skin and hair
- Improves digesion
Ingredients Required For Watermelon Breeze
- 500g cubed chilled deseeded Watermelon
- 1 cup Coconut Water
- Lemon juice of 1 whole lime
- Ice cubes, as needed
- Fresh Mint to garnish
Add all the ingredients together in a blender. If your watermelon is really sweet, adding a generous amount of freshly squeezed lemon enhances the taste. If you like taste of coconut, add more coconut water to this.
Blend until smooth and serve garnished with mint as aroma of mint gets incorporated to the drink.
3. Cucumber Lemon Juice
Cucumber belong to the same plant family as pumpkin, and watermelon . Like watermelon, cucumbers are made up of mostly (95 percent) water, which means eating them on a hot summer day can help you stay hydrated.
However, there are reasons to eat cucumbers all year long. With vitamin K, B vitamins, Copper, Potassium, Vitamin C, and Manganese, cucumbers can help you to avoid nutritional deficiencies.
Cucumbers contain unique polyphenols and other compounds that may help reduce your risk of chronic diseases and much more.
Health Benefits Of Cucumber
- Rich Source Of Vitamins. Cucumbers offer a good supply of B vitamins
- Hydrates The Body
- Good For Skin & Hair Care
- Fight Cancers
- Relieves Bad Breath
- Ease any Hangover
- Aids In Weight Loss And Digestion
- Cucumber sliced
- 1 Tbsp lime juice
- A small piece of ginger
In a blender or food processor, blend together the ginger, cucumber and 1/2 cup cold water. Strain and press the puree through a mesh sieve. Add lime juice to it and have it cool.
Smoothies are fantastic, in between meals, with meals or instead of meals. They’re nutritious, delicious, thick, fruity and the perfect food for every mood. Smoothies are loaded with vitamins, minerals, natural sugars, probiotics and fiber, making them a super healthy breakfast option.
Smoothies are more healthy compared to juices as all the fruit extract will be present in the smoothie and for Juice, straining removes most of the fiber present in the fruit.
They are also extremely filling, so they will keep you full until lunchtime. You can throw in all or any types of fruit together and the result will always be amazing. They are a great way to beat the heat and come highly recommended by nutritionists as an instant energy booster.
Health Benefits Of Smoothies
- Get your daily allowance of fruits and vegetables
- Quick and easy
- Kids like smoothies
- Good for weight loss
- Improved digestion
- Excellent Detox
- Build muscle and improve athletic performance.
You can make smoothies with any of the seasonal fruit available. It can be mango, banana, kiwi, guava to beat this summer heat.
- Mango smoothie
The most popular and favourite fruits of all time, mango makes it to the top of our list. A sweet golden mango pulp, whole milk, a small amount of brown sugar and 15 minutes is all you need to whip up this yum smoothie.
- Banana smoothie
The goodness of banana, sweetness of honey, crunchiness of pumpkin seeds, and a cup of milk. You get a vitamin rich cool smoothie you can drool over.
5. Tender Coconut
- Tender Coconut Water
Coconut ‘water’ is actually the juice present inside the endosperm (interior cavity) of the young (about 5-7 months old) and tender coconut. This clear liquid is sweet and sterile and contains various essential compounds such as vitamins, minerals, sugars, electrolytes, amino acids, phytohormones, and cytokine.
Coconut water is rich in fiber. Coconut water contains a significant amount of calcium that is necessary for healthy bones. It also has magnesium that builds bone strength.
Health Benefits of Tender Coconut water
- Good source of several nutrients.
- Have antioxidant properties.
- Benefits against diabetes.
- Help in preventing kidney stones.
- Support heart health.
- Reduce blood pressure.
- Beneficial after prolonged exercise.
- Delicious source of hydration.
- Tender coconut Shake
Young coconut meat is rich in medium-chain fatty acids. Like coconut water, young coconut meat is also a great source of potassium and sodium. It is also a source of a number of B vitamins, including folate.
B vitamins help your body make energy from food and assist in the production of red blood cells.
6. Orange Juice
Oranges are loaded with vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Thiamin, Potassium, Fiber, Proteins, Copper, Magnesium, Flavonoids, Hesperidin, and a variety of other trace vitamins and minerals that make it one of the most valuable and nutrient-packed fruit available.
There is another very powerful aspect of orange juice, its folate content. Folate is a member of the B complex, technically it is vitamin B9. This important vitamin is essential for the creation of DNA and the growth of new cells.
Health Benefits Of Orange Juice
- Boosts immunity
- Prevents cancer
- Detoxifies your Body
- Increase blood circulation
- Reduces inflammation
- Balances cholesterol levels
Blend the de seeded oranges in a blender nicely and strain it. Adding sugar is optional. You can go for organic brown sugar or palm sugar. Refrigerate it to enjoy your drink in this hot summer.
7. Sugar Cane Juice
Sugarcane juice has large amounts of potassium in it, making it the perfect agent to aid in digestion. Potassium also acts as an antimicrobial agent – protecting your stomach from infections. Sugarcane juice contains a large amount of proteins, making it perfect to help your kidneys function optimally.
Moreover it is alkaline in nature and is the perfect antibiotic agent. Packed with a high concentration of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and manganese, sugarcane juice acts a perfect drink to replenish lost electrolytes and water.
Mix 1 tbsp lime juice and ginger juice to a glass of sugar cane juice provides added benefits.
Health Benefits Of Sugar Cane
- Instant Energy Booster
- Beats Dehydration
- Fights against Cancer
- Provides Healthy Skin
- Fights Bad Breath and common infections
- Good for liver health
8. Butter Milk/ Sambaram
Probiotics are “friendly bacteria” that are naturally present in the digestive system. probiotics can help boost the immune system and promote a healthy digestive tract. Butter milk contains probiotics.
Butter milk is an excellent drink to make your body cool. It is one of the popular summer cooler made with yogurt. It is famous all over India in different forms like chaas in hindi , Mor in tamil and Sambaram in Malayalam. The sweet form of butter milk is famous in north india in the name of lassi
As it aids digestion, many people have it along with their meals. It is also served in traditional thali meals in many restaurants
Health Benefits Of Butter milk
- Contains All Essential Macronutrients
- Has A Cooling Effect On The Digestive Tract
- Helps Wash Down Oily Food
- Encourages Digestion And Treats Stomach Ailments
- Effective Against Dehydration
- Provides Calcium Without The Fat
- Rich In Vitamins
- Riboflavin Helps Detoxify The Body
- Excellent Probiotic
- 1 Cup yogurt
- 1 Green chilli
- 2 Lemon leaves,2 curry leaf,
- 1 Small piece ginger
- 1/2 Tspn black salt or rock salt
Butter milk is very simple to make by just blending water and yogurt. But many version of buttermilk is available now. Here we are providing Kerala sambaram recepie. Blend all the above ingredients along with 2 cups of water. Refrigerate it for few minutes. Stain and have it. Feel the coolness.
9. Pomegranate Juice
The health benefits of pomegranates are innumerable and what makes them special is that apart from being healthy, they are delicious too.
Pomegranates have anti-oxidant, anti-viral, and anti-tumor properties and are said to be a good source of vitamins, especially vitamin A, C, and E, as well as folic acid. This amazing fruit consists of three times as many antioxidants as both wine or green tea.
Pomegranate peel, bark, and leaves are used to calm stomach disorders or diarrhea caused by any kind of digestive problems. Drinking tea made from the leaves of these fruits also helps in curing digestive problems. Pomegranate juice is also used for reducing problems like dysentery and cholera.
Health Benefits Of Pomegranate
- Loaded withAntioxidants
- Have Vitamin C in it
- Cancer prevention
- Alzheimer’s disease protection
- Good For Digestion
- Treats Arthritis
- Cures Heart diseases
Take 1 cup of pomegranate seeds. Simply blend it along with water. Strain and have it cool. adding sugar is optional. If you are opting for a healthier version have it with out adding sugar. It taste yum even with out adding sugar.
Summer foods should be all about foods that keep you hydrated as well as healthy at the same time. Summer is often accompanied by dehydration, skin sensitivities, mineral deficiencies etc. Therefore, our primary goal should be to include summer foods that fulfill the criteria.
Summer is the time known for the hot sun, wind etc which makes this season a nightmare. But this summer try something different. Celebrate this summer with loads of good seasonal food products and enjoy all the above mentioned healthy summer drinks to make your body cool.
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