The heat is back! When summer arrives, the queen of ‘cooling drinks’, the good ol’ shikanji or lime water, becomes everyone’s go-to drink to quench their thirst and stay hydrated. But why just stick to one drink when you have many more options available out there? Well, we are here to suggest 5 other delicious hydrating drinks which can keep you energetic throughout the day!
HealthShots spoke to Dietitian Shivani Kandwal, Nutritionist, Diabetes Educator, Founder of Nutrivibes, to find some best and delish drinks to stay hydrated this summer.
Dietitian Kandwal explained that during the summer season, many minerals are lost from the body as a result of excessive perspiration, leading to dehydration. In such times, it is critical that we keep consuming water and/ or healthy liquid drinks to keep ourselves hydrated.
Flavoured Buttermilk (Masala Chaas) or buttermilk is a preparation made with curd and water with some roasted cumin powder, black salt, and roasted asafoetida. Because it is a probiotic drink, it is full of microbes that help to feed the gut with healthy bacteria.
Moreover, it is loaded with vitamin B complex and is a probiotic. It has innumerable health benefits such as:
1. Natural coolant for the body
2. Good for digestion
3. Provides hydration
So, enjoy this drink guilt-free and stay hydrated during this weather.
Instead of indulging in unhealthy drinks such as tea and coffee, if you wish to stay hydrated enjoy Aam Panna.
Dietitian Kandwal said, “Aam panna is a famous drink which is being served and prepared across India during summers. It is not only tasty but comes with a number of impressive health benefits.” Aam panna is a drink made up of unripe green mangoes, cumin, mint, salt, jaggery, etc. It is rich in vitamin A, B1, B2, C, and minerals like potassium, sodium, magnesium, iron, etc. What’s more? Aam panna is great for your skin as well!
The good old coconut water or nariyal pani is also a go-to drink for many. It keeps summer blues at bay because it is a powerhouse of nutrition and goodness of health. This refreshing drink with a sweet, nutty taste is rich in fibre, calcium, magnesium, iron, sodium, and potassium. It is also a great source of electrolytes and hydrates the body well.
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Apart from keeping it hydrated, nariyal pani can help in weight loss, strengthen immunity, improves blood circulation, and because of a low glycemic index, it is also good for a diabetic.
Bael sharbat is a perfect detox drink. Therefore, it helps to keep your body cool and refreshed. It tastes sweetish sour and its aroma is like a peachy aroma. This round-shaped, hard-skinned fruit is a perfect fruit to make a cooling drink. Dietitian Kandwal said, “Beal is a fruit packed with lots of vitamins and minerals. And because of its cooling property, it is perfect for making refreshing and delicious summer drinks.”
Moreover, bael sharbat is easy to digest and an excellent summer coolant to enjoy this drink to keep yourself hydrated this summer.
Sattu is our desi superfood and it is a powerhouse of energy. It is rich in iron, sodium, magnesium, manganese, and protein. Moreover, sattu is rich in insoluble fibre which makes it a blessing for entire digestive health. Guess what? Around 100 gms of sattu contains 65 percent carbohydrate and 20 percen protein which makes it a high protein drink as well. It works as a natural cooling agent, if you mix it with water, pinch of salt, and lemon juice.
So, enjoy shikanji, but try these drinks as well!