Life turns downrightly sweltering when warmer temperatures hit the horizon. Summer heat is especially hard on children and on those who have a field job. However, children are at a greater risk because a child’s body surface makes up a much greater proportion of his overall weight compared to an adult. The risk for dehydration and illness on exposure to sun, high temperature and humidity makes it critical rather than optional to drink plenty of fluids. However, persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, liver diseases, are on restrictive diets or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a physician before increasing their consumption of fluids.
The whole of north India is experiencing scorching heat with temperature hovering much above 40 degrees Celsius. Yes, summer time is here with Sun in its full swing to spread its heat. A good and chilling drink is all that one needs to say goodbye to the summer heat instantly. So, beat the heat this summer with these super refreshing drinks that will soothe your thirst and will leave you wanting for more.
Thandai is a North-India based drink made especially during dry summer winds. This instant energizer is prepared from a mixture of sweetened condensed milk, almonds, watermelon seeds, pumpkin seeds, cardamom powder, rose water, rose petals and crushed ice. This terrific thirst-quencher has been traditionally associated with festivals like Mahashivratri and Holi. The ingredients present in thandai have several health benefits. Almonds are loaded with healthy fats. It is also a rich source of vitamin E and is known for its antioxidant effects. Watermelon seeds are one of the best sources of energy, protein and iron. While rose petals are very good for digestion problems, milk is a good source of calcium and protein for vegetarians. It is also a rich source of micro nutrients like zinc, phosphorus and iron. Cold milk is known to be an antacid and has cooling effects on the body. So go ahead and enjoy this cooling beverage, with its magical properties in abundance.
9.Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Strawberry banana smoothie, a nourishing blend of natural strawberry puree, banana, milk, whey protein and fiber powder, and ice, is a great drink to have on a hot day. Smoothie out of strawberries is low-fat, and a lot more healthier than strawberry milkshakes. Strawberries are rich in vitamins and minerals, low in calories, and widely available during summer. They are full of antioxidants and are perfect for curbing cardiovascular disease, cancer, and delaying aging. Studies show that one cup of strawberries contains only 0.6 grams of fat. Further, they can stimulate metabolism and suppress appetite. Bananas supply fiber, which protects bowel health and helps regulate digestion. Bananas also provide energy through their high content of healthy carbohydrates and potassium.
8.Berry Vodka Spritzers
A perfect companion to a bountiful brunch, this refreshing spritzer serves as a low-calorie alternative to many other alcoholic concoctions, which can help people who are on a diet or trying to stay healthy. Choosing a drink like the vodka spritzer allows a person to drink for a longer period without getting as intoxicated as one would with straight liquor or beer. This can help people drink and behave more responsibly, and also maintain a healthy diet. While many popular cocktails are high in calories, a single vodka spritzer made with club soda and lime has just over 100 calories. Both plain versions and those made with flavored vodkas are also free of carbohydrates, which is helpful for those following a low-carb diet plan. The ingredients of the drink include lime, sugar, club soda, berry-flavored vodka, blueberries and raspberries.
7.Green Tea and Mango Splash
Ingredients of this healthy drink include green tea, mango nectar, ice cubes, mint sprigs and mango slivers. Green tea has recently become popular worldwide owing to its numerous health benefits. It has immensely powerful health benefits over cancer, heart attack, diabetes, heart diseases and anti-aging. On the other hand, mango is called the king of fruits, not just for its taste, but also for the array of health benefits it offers. They’re jam packed with vitamins, enzymes, and antioxidants that help keep the body in check. Rich source of Vitamin A, C, and 25 different carotenoids, mangoes help boost the immune system. Mangoes contain high levels of fiber, pectin, and Vitamin C that help improves digestion and lowers cholesterol. So go ahead and relish a cup of green tea with mango splash to realize its power and enjoy its numerous health benefits.
6.Peach and Mint Iced Tea
A glass of ice tea is all that you need on a hot summer day. Studies suggest that drinking tea regularly reduces one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s and diabetes and helps in building healthier teeth, gums and stronger bones. This chilling beverage requires tea bags, ripe peaches, fresh mint sprigs and sugar for its preparation. With a good supply of Vitamin C, fiber, and an anti-oxidant kick, peaches hold health benefits impacting digestive health, immune support, cardiovascular health, and longevity. Mint, one of the oldest and most popular herbs add its own subtle flavour and aroma. Mint has several health beneficiary effects including its soothing effects on nausea, headache, respiratory disorders and skin problems.
5.Watermelon Mint Cooler
A light and refreshing watermelon mint cooler is a perfect skinny cocktail to kickback from lethargic afternoon mood. This refreshing watermelon drink will surely refresh you and sink you in an utopia right from the first sip. The ingredients of the drink include watermelon cubes, lemon juice, sugar, mint leaves, rock salt and ice cubes. Watermelons are an excellent source of several vitamins: vitamin A, which helps maintain eye health and is an antioxidant; vitamin C, which helps strengthen immunity, heal wounds, prevent cell damage, promote healthy teeth and gums; and vitamin B6, which helps brain function and helps convert protein to energy.
Each one of us yearns for that cool glass of simple lemonade on reaching back to one’s abode after perspiring all day. This lemonade with Indian twist is one really good option to revitalize your weary senses. It flushes out all the toxins and impurities that can build up in the body leaving you refreshed. Ingredients of the drink include lemon, sugar or honey, jaljira powder, chilled water, crushed ice, lemon slices. There are many health benefits of lemons that have been known for centuries. The two biggest are lemon’s strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers and their use as a weight loss aid.
3.Cucumber and Lime Spritzer
This spritzer is a ridiculously simple to make, refreshing and chilling drink for summer days. All that you need for this drink is club soda, fresh lime juice, thinly sliced cucumber and ice cubes. Cucumbers, one o the most widely cultivated foods, provides us with a unique combination of nutrients. The phytonutrients present in cucumber provide valuable anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits. If you want to get rid of afternoon tiredness without resorting to using caffeine, this cucumber lime spritzer is the best solution. The vitamin B and carbohydrates in the cucumber will offer the energy boost your body needs.
2.Raw Mango Drink(Aam Panna)
A sweet-sour-spicy drink, made with summer-abundant fresh raw mangoes, aam panna is a must drink for summers. Made from a mixture of green mangoes, sugar, chilled water, black rock salt, ground pepper, ground fennel seeds, crushed ice, mint sprigs, roasted and ground cumin seeds, this summer drink from our very own Indian kitchen is best to fight against heat stroke and also is a rich source of vitamin C, therefore boosting immunity. The antioxidants present in mangoes helps in fighting cancer. Also, aam panna can fight acidity and helps in aiding digestion keeping your stomach cool.
1.Pineapple Colada Lassi
Perfect on a hot summer day, Pineapple colada lassi is an Indian twist on a hugely popular western drink. Lassi is one of the few summer drinks that soothes instantly. Since yogurt is full of healthy beneficial bacteria and digestive enzymes, drinking a glass of lassi not just gives the needful energy, but also helps in digestion and burning excess fat. Ingredients include pineapple juice, coconut cream, Sweetened yogurt, crushed ice, chopped pineapple slices and cherries. Pineapple, a tropical fruit, is packed with flavor and contains many minerals and vitamins that are important for overall good health. It is low in calories, saturated fats and cholesterol while being a rich source of fiber. Pineapple also helps in losing weight and boosting energy levels. So go ahead and enjoy this delish, refreshing and so perfectly summery drink.