6 delicious summer drinks for a healthy weight loss in 30 days!
In many regions of India, the scorching summer has arrived early this year. In March and April, in some locations temperatures have already surpassed 40 degrees. As a result, staying hydrated is crucial. Many individuals are fasting this month for Ramzan, so staying hydrated is even more vital. What is a better way to accomplish it than with some energetic summer cocktails?
They help with weight loss and are tasty, healthy, and refreshing as well! Here is a rundown of some of the best summer beverages to beat the heat and boost your fitness.
1. Papaya smoothie with a lemon twist.
For this drink, you need only three ingredients papaya, lemon juice, water, or ice. This is a pretty simple drink to make with a lot of health benefits. Papaya is a low-calorie fruit that is rich in fiber and helps you feel fuller. It is also known to detoxify the body and aid weight loss. The antioxidants in lemon and papaya help in improving heart health.
Just take a cup of chopped papaya and add a little water in a blender along with some lemon juice and churn well. Remember, do not strain the juice, or else the fiber will get wasted. Enjoy this drink on an empty stomach for the best results with weight loss.
2. Masala chaas with a minty twist.
Chaas or buttermilk is a wonderful beverage for summer which can keep you hydrated and nourished for a long time. Being rich in protein and calcium, chaas is a great source of vegetarian protein which keeps your muscles and bones healthy. It is even pretty easy to make! Just take some curd in a blender and add some ice, mint leaves, jeera powder, water, and black salt to it and churn well. This is a great drink to accompany with meals as the probiotics in chaas promote gut health and improve digestion.
3. Mixed fruit punch.
This drink can be made with any available fruits you have. With the goodness of fresh fruits comes a lot of vitamins and antioxidants. For this drink, take a cup of coconut water and add any fruits you like. You can add chopped strawberries, kiwi, apples, grapes, or oranges in any quantity or combination you desire. Just blend it all and enjoy this refreshing drink with a few cubes of ice. In case you do not have coconut water you can use soda instead!
4. Cucumber cocktail.
Cucumbers are high in fiber. They help in enhancing bowel movement and improving digestion. Cucumbers also have anti-inflammatory properties which help in boosting the immune system as well. For this drink, blend a few chunks of cucumber with lemon juice, mint leaves, black salt, and roasted jeera powder. Consuming this on an empty stomach helps improve digestion and aid weight loss.
The blend of lemon, water, and cucumber also helps in detoxifying the liver and kidney, clearing the skin, and improving overall health.
5. Berry blast lemonade.
Berries are rich in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, gooseberries, etc can be used for this recipe. Take one cup of frozen or fresh berries and blend them along with coconut water and some lemon juice. For added flavor, you can also add a few mint leaves and black salt. If you want your drink to be a little sweeter, you can add some raw honey and maximize the health benefits of this drink. The antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C in lemon juice help in improving skin texture, giving you a natural glow!
6. Melon treat.
Watermelons and melons are rich in fiber and antioxidants which help in reducing kidney disorders, preventing cancer, lowering blood pressure, and improving digestion. For this recipe, all you need is a cup of your favorite melon or watermelon, a few mint leaves, and black salt. Blend them with a few cubes of ice and serve them chilled. This fresh drink is a dose of hydration and fiber which will help in detoxifying the body.
The body loses a lot of energy during the summer. It is best to incorporate as many fluids as possible into the diet. Weight loss becomes a lot easier if digestion is enhanced. An added advantage of including more water is clearer skin and healthy liver and kidneys. The cholesterol levels in the body can be significantly improved, thereby improving heart health. Keeping yourself hydrated during summer also helps build immunity and remove toxins from the body.
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Ms. INDU B VAKIL – Nutritionist and Fitness Expert | Doctor of Naturopathy