Ditch the soft drinks: Try these healthy Indian summer drinks
Soft drinks and carbonated beverages can have a shocking impact on our health. Research shows that aerated drinks are a major contributor to health conditions like - obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and tooth decay. These drinks are packed with high-fructose corn syrup, artificial flavours and loads of caffeine. These colas and energy drinks only give you empty calories and may lead to a host of health issues. If you want to adopt a healthier lifestyle, it is definitely prudent to stay away from these beverages and opt for healthier, natural drinks instead.
We’ve rounded up some of the healthy drinks which are absolute favourites. They are delicious, jam packed with flavour and contain a lot of nutrition.
5 lip-smacking drinks that are bursting with nutrition
Made from delectable herbs and spices and various seasonal fruits, these 5 traditional drinks are real thirst-quenchers!
- Mango panna: There’s absolutely nothing better than to kick back with aam panna on a hot summer’s day! This drink is super flavourful, full-bodied and packed with the goodness of raw mango. Aam panna unquestionably has a wide appeal and is a big crowd pleaser! It is cool, refreshing and boasts of sweet, sour and tangy flavours. Delicious, decadent and wholesome, mangoes offer remarkable health benefits. Generous amounts of vitamins A and C, along with powerful polyphenols make the fruit a superfood that boosts the immune system and helps fights off a host of diseases. It also supports eye health and enhances the working of the GI tract.
- Jal jeera:An incredibly energizing drink, this one is the classic lemonade with a spicy twist as it includes roasted cumin, pepper and black salt. Hugely popular in northern India, it is sold in clay pots, garnished with mint and boondi. You may wonder why the black salt is used to make Jal Jeera. Black salt is extensively popular in the Indian cuisine and is used in various recipes such as fruit chaat, paneer kebabs and omelettes due to its distinctive taste. Tata Black Salt is packaged to retain the inherent goodness of black salt in a hygienic package.
- Kokum sherbet: Very popular along the Konkan coast, this beverage is made from kokum - a sweet, salty, tangy and sour fruit which grows nowhere else in the world! The drink is a vibrant red colour and adds tremendous eye appeal! An explosion of anti-oxidants and essential nutrients, the fruit proffers significant health benefits. This is a tangy beverage which is made tastier by adding rock salt, jeera and sugar.
- Lassi: A hearty Punjabi drink, the lassi is super luscious and rather indulgent! Made of thick creamy yogurt, it proffers multiple health benefits. You can have your lassi salty or sweet. The salty version can be made tastier with jeera, ginger, pepper, green chillies, and fresh coriander leaves. The sweet lassi can be taken to a whole new level by adding mango or banana pulp. In fact, you do not even need to add sugar to the dahi if you are using good quality fruits; for that touch of sweetness, though, you could try a healthier alternative - a natural sweetener like Tata Nx Zero Sugar. Dahi provides us with ‘friendly’ bacteria and helps fight acidity, boosts immunity and is a great source of calcium.
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