Beat the Heat with these Healthy Summer Drink Recipes

With the temperatures soaring, staying hydrated is one of the golden rules everyone must follow to keep themselves fit in this sweltering heat. In summers, there is excessive sweating due to which the body tends to lose water faster than usual. As mentioned earlier, the mantra is to stay hydrated. Having said that, you need not have only water; there are numerous healthy summer drinks that can help you beat the heat. This summer, let’s ditch soda drinks and satiate our taste buds with some amazing homemade healthy summer drink recipes that are quick, easy to follow and taste heavenly. Let’s get started:

Buttermilk or Chaanch

What You’ll Need

  • Yogurt- 1 cup
  • Water- 2-3 cups
  • Cumin powder- 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1 tsp
  • Salt- ½ tsp

Preparation Method

  • Start by blending the yogurt and dilute it with water according to the consistency you wish for. If you want your buttermilk to be thick, add less water and if you wish it to be thin, add more water to it
  • Next, add coriander powder, cumin powder and salt to it
  • To add more freshness to the drink, add mint leaves
  • Keep in the fridge and serve when chilled

Health Benefits

Not only is buttermilk delicious, but it also has some amazing health benefits. Buttermilk helps in curing acidity, stomach reflux, dehydration, and boosts the digestive process. The drink is loaded with protein, Vitamin B12, calcium and potassium.

Shikanji

What You’ll Need

  • Lemon- 1
  • Sugar- 1/2 tsp
  • Black salt- 1/2 tsp
  • Jeera powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Water- 1 glass

Preparation Method

  • Squeeze lemon juice
  • Add all the above mentioned ingredients in water
  • Keep stirring until sugar gets dissolved
  • If needed for immediate consumption, add ice cubes and serve, else keep in the fridge and serve when cool

Health Benefits

During hot days, Shikanji can re-energize you instantly. Furthermore, the drink helps fight digestion problems and dehydration.

Watermelon Juice

What You’ll Need

  • Watermelon flesh, cubed and seeded- 4 cups
  • Large mint leaves- 3-4
  • Small lemon
  • Ice

Preparation Method

  • Put watermelon flesh in a juicer and blend it
  • Add fresh mint leaves and further smoothen the mixture
  • Add lemon and blend again (this step can be skipped in case you do not want to add lemon)
  • Add ice and enjoy your drink

Health Benefits

Watermelon is a rich source of Magnesium, Vitamin C and Potassium. The fruit helps in losing weight, has an anti-inflammatory effect, improves kidney health, is good for skin and hair, and also helps fight cancer.

Sauf (Fennel Seeds) Sharbat

What You’ll Need

  • Fennel seeds (saunf) – 1-2 tsp
  • Water- 2-3 cups
  • Mishri or sugar- 1 tsp
  • Pinch of black salt
  • Lemon juice

Preparation Method

  • Take fennel seeds and grind them until it turns into a powdery form
  • Once the powder is ready, add it to water
  • Mix well and strain the mixture
  • Next, add sugar or Mishri per your taste
  • Add a pinch of black salt (this step can be skipped in case you do not like black salt)
  • Put the drink in the refrigerator and serve when chilled

Health Benefits

Sauf is a well-known source of antioxidants, Potassium and dietary fibers. Sauf helps in curing bloating problems, abdominal pain and gas.

Aam Panna

What You’ll Need

  • Large raw mangoes- 2-3
  • Sugar- 1 / 2 cup
  • Salt- 2 tsp
  • Black rock salt- 2 tsp
  • Roasted and powdered cumin seeds- 2 tsp
  • Finely chopped mint leaves- 2 tsp
  • Water- 2 cups

Preparation Method

  • Scrape the skin off the mangoes
  • Wash the peeled mangoes properly
  • Boil the mangoes for around 15-20 minutes until they become tender from inside and the skin gets discolored
  • Let the mangoes cool
  • Separate the pulp from the seed
  • Next, add water and all the ingredients to the pulp
  • Stir the pulpy mixture properly
  • Keep in the refrigerator or add ice cubes
  • Garnish with mint leaves before serving

Health Benefits

This drink is tangy and is perfect to fight digestive problems, dehydration and heat stroke. The drink is rich in Iron, Vitamin C and Vitamin A. 

This summer try these drinks that are fresh and full of health. Add these to your summer diet and get ready to beat the heat!

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