It’s that time of the year again when the sun beats down with all its loving rays and makes us feel hot, hotter and irritated. The only thing which each one of us runs behind is glass of chilled beverage and water to beat this scorching heat wave and give ourselves some respite from these sunny rays. Well chilled water will work but not a normal average drink will solve the puzzle, you will need something that will make you feel cooler from within. I always believed the best beverages for such season is none other than our desi summer coolers, this will always feature in our grandmas armory from old days and we all will agree that it always works, they are refreshing, energy-boosting and are extremely healthy too.
Water is one of the most important ingredients of our daily food intake. Water helps flushes toxins through the kidneys, transports nutrients throughout the body, controls body temperature, we are hearing from our early child hood (Naniji`s Nuskha)that drink lot of water to stay healthy, water is treated as the best medicine. Drinking water and liquids in any form is very good for human body, during summers it becomes all the more important.
This summer the focus for all of us should not be to just stay healthy but also to make sure we are not dehydrated and nobody around us should.
When hydrating in the summer heat, water is your best buddy and perfect option. Choose beverages with lower calorie content and lower added sugar. Juices, sodas and sweetened coffee beverages can add unnecessary simple carbohydrates to your diet which is not wise in today’s world. Especially because our body will require lot of liquid intake and can’t have so much of carbs this summer.
So here’s bringing you a list of simple and easy to make Indian summer drinks to combat the heat and stay hydrated this year.
Salted Lassi/Chaas – Easily available at our homes, just need one blender/whisk to whip up a perfect lassi and for chaas adding extra water with some chopped ginger, mint, coriander and crushed cumin will be the best dose to kill your dehydration.
Jaljeera – Again an easy prep, but might not be simple and easy to make it at work or on the move, these days good quality pre mix are available, just stir it into the glass of water and have it. It will just increase the energy required for you to finish the day’s work.
Nimbupani – Simplest of the lot, easy to carry in your bottle from home and available in abundance all around us during summers, freshly squeezed lime with black salt and water and we are sorted.
Sugarcane juice – Easily available in markets during summers, have it with lemon, mint and ginger, little sweet and sugar, be careful if your body don’t need that extra carb.
Sharbets – At home during afternoon and evening, stirring a good sherbats are easy options, kids love it, work with some good citrus flavours.
My take – This summer keep sipping some lemonade, stay calm and stay chilled
Written by: GK
Edited by: Mauly
Published in DB Post in April 2017