Summer season is here and it’s time to prepare some cool beverages to refresh and replenish our body and to beat the heat. Due to high temperatures, our body gets dehydrated and fatigued as it loses water due to sweating at a fast pace. It is vital to keep ourselves hydrated to maintain good health. While water does the job of quenching thirst, you can also try the below healthy beverages to refresh as well as replenish your body with the nutrients present in it.
1. Watermelon Slush
Quick and easy to make, this drink will rejuvenate your senses. Watermelon has a very high water content (92%) and helps in hydrating and feeling full. It has fewer calories and is rich in Vitamin C, A and Carotenoids.
Watermelon – 2 Cups seedless cut in small Cubes
Mint Leaves – 4 to 5 for a refreshing taste
Lemon – 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lime juice
Sugar or Honey – Optional
Add all the ingredients to the blender and blend it till it purees. Pour it in the glasses and serve. Use refrigerated or frozen watermelon to make slush cold.
It is the most sought-after drink in the summer season, that is very easy to make and rich in Vitamin C. Sipping in icy cold lemonade will refresh and rehydrate you during the hot summer days.
Water – 2 Glass
Lemon – 1 Big
Mint – 3 to 4 leaves
Sugar – 4 teaspoons or Honey 2 teaspoon
Salt & Pepper – Just a pinch
Pour the water into a pitcher and add sugar. Stir well till the sugar is dissolved, squeeze the lemon to remove the juice, and add mint leaves, salt, and pepper. Refrigerate it or add ice to make it chilled. Pour in glass and enjoy.
3. Raw Mango Juice or Aam Panna
It is a lip-smacking juice made with the king of fruits – mango. Drinking this in summers will help you prevent heat strokes and keeps your body cool. Raw mangoes are rich in Vitamin C and iron.
Water – 2 to 3 glasses
Raw Mango – 1
Mint Leaves – 3 to 4
Sugar – 4 teaspoon
Salt & Pepper – Just a pinch
Wash the raw mango and boil it in 3 glasses of water. Once it becomes soft, remove it from the stove and let it cool. Discard the peel and squeeze the pulp in the water, strain the juice in a strainer. Add sugar, mint leaves and a pinch of salt and pepper, stir it well and refrigerate it. Pour it in a glass and enjoy it chilled.
4. Buttermilk or Chaas
Buttermilk is also known as chaas. It has cooling properties and keeps you feeling hydrated all the time, and is ideal for summer days. It will keep your bones strong as it is rich in calcium. It is also rich in probiotics, vitamins and minerals and helps in overall health.
Yogurt – 1 cup
Mint leaves – 3 to 4 leaves
Green chili – 1 chopped
Salt to taste
Using a blender, blend yogurt, mint leaves, green chili and salt. Add 2 glasses of water and mix it well. Refrigerate it till it cools and then serve.
It is a thick and creamy refreshment made from yogurt. It keeps your body cool and cures dehydration problems.
Yogurt – 2 cups
Sugar – 2 tablespoons
Add 2 cups chilled yogurt in a bowl and whisk it well till the consistency becomes smooth. Add sugar and mix well till it dissolves. Pour chilled water into it and adjust according to your taste. You can add your favorite fruits like mango, banana, strawberries, or avocado to this to make flavored lassi and have variations.
6. Coconut Water
There are many benefits of drinking coconut water. It is low in calories and contains electrolytes, vitamins and minerals. Drinking it after your sweaty and hard workout or a day out in the hot summer, will hydrate your body and replenishes the electrolytes lost due to sweating.
So go ahead and try these drinks for a healthy and hydrated body. Let me know which one is your favorite.