There are some things about Summer that we all love. Mango tops the list, followed closely by other juicy fruits like watermelon and cherries. There’s sweet sugarcane juice and ice cream sold on carts, and homemade coolers and juices that never go out of fashion. “Most people resort to carbonated drinks, how much ever tempting they may be, it’s yet a big NO! They supply empty calories. Instead, opt for drinks that are prepared from natural ingredients or are naturally available,” shares Mumbai-based nutritionist Shirin Kapadia. We pick our favourites:
Why? Kokum juice is a popular drink along the Konkan coast, Goa and Karnataka. It is a sweet and sour concoction made from the kokum fruit. “This drink is not only refreshing, it soothes gastric problems like acidity, flatulence, constipation and indigestion,” says Kapadia.
Why? Aam Panna is made from raw mangoes. “Mango is a summer fruit and very good for our body,” says Kapadia. We all have the family Aam Panna recipes we inherited from our moms and grandmoms. Kapadia says that not only does the drink score high on taste, it is a low-calorie refresher that prevents the body from excreting excess iron and salt whilst sweating.
Why? This popular drink is consumed after hearty meals, for its cooling effect. The buttermilk provides good bacteria, and the cumin and mint added to it aid digestion. “As chaas is a derivative of milk, it also has plenty of calcium," adds Kapadia. You can spike it with a variety of herbs and spices.
Why? “This is an all-time favourite drink that can be consumed at any time of the year. Apart from the fact that lemon is loaded with Vitamin C, lemon water replenishes body salts, and most importantly, prevents dehydration,” says Kapadia. Top it with soda for a refreshing kick.
Why? The humble nut is packed with nutrients. Coconut water is full of electrolytes and essential minerals that keeps the body hydrated. “Low-calorie and low-fat content makes this drink a great option for those who want to pick healthy,” suggests Kapadia. Above all, coconut water contains various bioactive enzymes that aid digestion and boosts fat metabolism.
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