5 refreshing drinks to beat the heat
The blazing summer heat can leave us dehydrated, sweaty, fatigued and thirsty, making it imperative to increase our fluid intake. But for those who are bored of drinking the normal regular water, beat the heat with a few desi, cool, homemade drinks.
"Go back to your Indian roots and satiate your thirst with desi thirst quenchers", says Saumya Shatakshi, Senior Nutritionist at Healthians. She has suggested a few natural homemade drinks, with no added preservatives:
Aam Panna: This tangy healthy beverage is very popular in North India and is the perfect summer thirst quencher. It can be made by scraping, boiling and taking out the pulp of some raw green mangoes and adding water, some salt, cumin and pepper to it. Aam Panna has heat resistant properties and is a great remedy for heat stroke, dehydration, gastrointestinal disorders.
Saunf (fennel seeds) Sharbat: It is a popular summer beverage of Gujarat. Usually, mishri is added to sweeten the drink and it can further be flavoured with cloves and cardamom. Another variation of saunf sharbat is with lemon juice and black salt. Fennel seed is a coolant and is good for digestion. It relieves abdominal cramps, gas and bloating.
Chaach or Mattha: It is one of the most popular summer drinks in North India. Chaach is low fat and is three times faster to digest than regular milk. All you need are four ingredients i.e. yoghurt, water, salt and jeera (cumin) powder to enjoy a delicious glass of Chaach.
Bael Sharbat: Bael ka Sharbat or wood apple juice is made by beating the seeded pulp of Bael, mixed with the water. It boosts the immune system, fights bacterial and viral infections, gives relief from piles and respiratory disorders, act as a natural laxative and is good for skin as well.
Sattu Drink: Sattu is a popular flour in U.P and Bihar. This traditional energy drink can be made with roasted gram flour, black salt, roasted cumin powder, lemon juice and water.
It is a desi detox drink that helps to cleanse our system and remove all toxins. It aids in weight loss and has a low glycemic index, hence
recommended for diabetics as well.