5 Healthy Summer Drinks You Should Not Miss This 2021 || Ecowell India
To quench your thirst with delicious and healthy drinks
Summer is here sooner than we expected. The scorching heat drains us out of energy, making us lethargic and fatigued —affecting our performance. Water is our best friend in summer and keeping ourselves hydrated is the most vital task at hand. But let’s make hydration fun? —so it is not just your body that gets rejuvenated but also your taste buds that get enticed. We have prepared a list of five summer drinks that do not only hydrate your body but the other ingredients also serve to bring several health benefits. These are super refreshing and easy to make at home with simple ingredients that require no skilled hunting.
1) Bloody Melon-ey
This one was taught to me by my mother (she didn’t call it by that name, ofcourse). It was her favourite summer drink as a child. All you need is Roohafza (or rose syrup, whatever you have or prefer), diced watermelon and lemon. Watermelon is low in calories and high in water content. It is the source of vitamin B6 that helps in calming your nerves. It strengthens your immune system. Lemon is loaded with the goodness of vitamin C which also contributes to boosting your immune system —considered an important supplement to fight COVID-19.
- Add the Roohafza sharbat syrup as per your taste
- Put some chilled diced watermelon
- Add a pinch of lemon juice
- Sprinkle some black salt (to taste)
You can further top it with some ice cubes if you want. And voila! You have your super refreshing drink ready.
2) Chhatpat Chhaas
Pudina buttermilk, as we can call it simply, is an improvisation of a curd-based drink (chhaas) that is relished across the Indian subcontinent. It is mostly consumed with or after your lunch meal and is super helpful in beating the summer heat as it is very refreshing and delicious, of course. Buttermilk has also proven to be remedial to upset stomach. When consumed after a meal, it eases digestion by providing the good bacteria that your body needs.
- Churn a cup of curd with a blender or mixer. Add water as required to achieve the consistency you desire (buttermilk is usually a little watery).
- Add cumin powder, salt and mint powder to taste and mix it well. Alternatively, you could also add fresh mint leaves later instead of the powder in this step.
- Time for some tempering! In a small pan, heat 2 teaspoons of ghee/olive oil. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Add some asafetida (hing). After a few moments, add fresh curry leaves and remove the pan from the stove within 5 seconds of doing this step. Pour it in the churned curd-and-water mix.
- Store it in the refrigerated and serve chilled with your meal!
You can consume this every day, just avoid drinking it in the evening or night.
3) Simply Sattu
Originating in Bihar and popular in the rural areas, Sattu is now relished across different states for its numerous health benefits. It is now quite an important part of the diet of the urban population; especially during the summer months. Sattu powder is derived from roasted black chanas. It is full of nutrients, fibre and protein. As the summer heat drains you out of energy, Sattu helps in restoring that energy and retains it in your body to keep you active throughout the day. It is the most effective ingredient to beat dehydration and heat stroke; thus a must-have especially on those days with terrible loo. Sattu also helps in maintaining the sugar levels in your body and diabetic patients should consume the salty version of this drink. Besides boosting digestion since it is high in dietary fibre content, Sattu is also your best friend if you are seeking to lose weight; being a filling drink, it prevents overeating.
- Take chilled water and add two teaspoons of lemon juice
- Add half a teaspoon of roasted cumin powder to it
- Further, add 2 teaspoons of chopped mint leaves
- Put finely chopped green chillies and black salt to taste
- In the final step, add 2 teaspoons of raw mango powder and mix it all well together.
Add some ice cubes and serve it fresh! You can further garnish it with more mint leaves.
4) Coconut Water and Kewra
Sipping in cool coconut water by the beach is bliss. It acts as a coolant for the body and infuses you with energy to carry on with the rest of the day. Besides being amazing for your skin, coconut water is a source of several beneficial nutrients and natural electrolyte for your body.
This one is the easiest.
- Pour in some fresh coconut water in a glass
- Add 1 teaspoon of kewra essence
- Add some crushed ice and tender coconut pieces
Your drink is ready! As simple as that, as healthy as that and as delicious as that. Have this after your workouts too! It is super hydrating.
5) Shrek Virgin Mojito (Khus and Cucumber)
Certain produce in food comes out especially in summer to act as a coolant for our bodies, and cucumber is one of them. Besides hydrating you, it is also known to be rich in vitamins and minerals that help you maintain healthy skin. It is a very popular ingredient of a weight-loss diet. Khus helps in reducing the sensation of thirst while also being rich in iron, magnesium and vitamin B6 which makes it a must-have to boost blood circulation.
- Crush or grate a cucumber and strain out the juice
- In another glass add a tablespoon of lemon juice and crushed mint leaves
- Now add sugar syrup, khus syrup (to taste) and the cucumber juice that you had extracted to this
- Add some slices of cucumber and top it with more fresh mint leaves and some crushed ice.
This green beauty is ready to be sipped! Enjoy it with a savoury snack.
Even though summers can be difficult to tolerate at times, making easy mocktails at home is my personal favourite thing about the season! You could experiment so much with the ingredients you have at your disposal and some water. Fruits are the best source of water and one is recommended to have loads of them in summer. Hope you found this article helpful and would try the recipes out. Don’t forget to always carry your water bottle, and for pure nutrient-rich water try our Ecowell water purifiers. Happy summer!