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Best Drinks to Keep You Cool This Summer

What about the times when you need something a little more flavourful than plain ol’ water? Here is a list of seasonal and delicious summer drinks. These rad recipes of summer drinks are perfect for the season and fun to make.

Bright-coloured loose clothes, caps, sun shades, and plenty of liquids; these are some must-haves things to power through the scorching summers in Pakistan. The liquid part is more crucial than others since you are continually sweating away vital minerals during the season. We’ve compiled a refreshing mix of summer drinks that will keep you cool and beat the heat. Who can forget the summer of 2015, when Pakistan mourned the loss of 1,200 souls due to an extreme heatwave?

Your water bottle can get the job of hydrating you done, but drinking water all on its own — well — it’s a little uninteresting at times.

TOP 8 DRINKS TO KEEP YOU COOL THIS SUMMER

  • Falsa Sherbat
  • Sattu Sherbat
  • Mango Juice
  • Iced Tea
  • Lassi
  • Cold Coffee
  • Coconut Water
  • Fruit Smoothies

 

FALSA SHERBAT

Falsa itself is consumed for its cooling effects in summer as well as for its other health benefits. The fruit also offers radiation protection which is a plus. Falsa is a good source of Vitamin-C, and its juice is possibly the best tasting and the most refreshing drink we can sip during the burning summers.

 

How to Make Falsa Sherbat

Ingredients.

  • Falsa  (1 cup)
  • Water (1/2 cup)
  • Black salt (according to your taste)
  • Sugar (two teaspoons)
  • Lemon juice (1 small lemon)
  • Salt (according to your taste)
  • Ice cubes

Method.

  1. First wash and drain the falsa, sprinkle a little table salt and leave them for half an hour.
  2. Take the blender and blend all the ingredients mentioned above. Pour it into a container and add some crushed ice cubes.
  3. Add a few leaves of mint to elevate the taste further.

 

SATTU SHERBAT

This summer drink is known for its cooling properties. Sattu is rich in protein, fibre, calcium, iron, and magnesium. The Sherbat is excellent for digestion, makes your skin glow, helps in weight loss and fights numerous diseases.

 

How to Make Sattu Sherbat

Ingredients

  • Chana Sattu (1/2 cup)
  • Chilled water (4 cups)
  • Lemon juice  (2 teaspoons)
  • Roasted Cumin powder  (Half teaspoon)
  • Mint leaves (2 teaspoons chopped)
  • Black salt (to taste)
  • Green chilli (1 chopped)
  • Ice cubes

Method

  1. Add all ingredients in a jug and mix well.
  2. Serve in glasses with some ice cubes.
  3. Garnish with mint leaves.

 

MANGO JUICE

Mango juice
Use Condense Milk instead of Sugar

Our list of best drinks to keep you cool this summer couldn’t be complete without the king of all fruits being mentioned on it. Summer is the only time when you can enjoy fresh home-made mango juice.

 

How to Make Mango Juice

Ingredients

  • Ripe mangoes (2)
  • Chilled Water (1 cup)
  • Sugar (as per your taste)
  • Ice cubes

Method

  1. Peel and cut the mangoes into small pieces.
  2. Blend them with water and sugar.
  3. Run the mixture through a sieve.
  4. Add ice cubes and serve chilled.

ICED TEA

After water, tea is the most commonly consumed beverage in the world, especially Pakistan. Iced tea can reduce the risk of heart diseases, keeps you hydrated, and contains many antioxidants. In warmer weather, having your tea iced is a great way to acquire the same benefits all year round.

 

How to Make Iced Tea

Ingredients

  • Water (2 cups)
  • Tea bags ( flavoured as per your choice)
  • Ice cube
  • Lemon juice ( 1 small cup)
  • Sugar ( 1 teaspoon)

Method

  1. Bring two cups of water to boil.
  2. Pour two tea bags of your choice into water. Brew it light or strong as per your liking.
  3. Now, remove the tea bags and sweeten to taste.
  4. Throw some ice cubes or refrigerate it.

 

LASSI

Lassi
Top it Off With Some Almonds, it Will Enhance the Looks as Well as Add the Crunch to Your Drink

Often known as the oldest smoothie in the world, lassi is a healing and refreshing drink made from yogurt, water, and different spices.  Apart from being a refreshing summer drink, this oh-so-satisfying drink has many benefits. It is full of probiotics, which means it is good for digestion and has a lot of essential nutrients including proteins, calcium, and potassium.

 

How to Make Lassi

Ingredients

  • Chilled curd (2 cups)
  • Milk (2 cups)
  • Water (½ cup)
  • Sugar ( as per your taste)
  • Ice cubes
  • Chopped dry fruits (optional)

Method

  1. Mix the curd till it becomes smooth.
  2. Add chilled water and milk to reach the consistency you like.
  3. Add sugar/salt to it.
  4. Top it off with some rose petals or chopped dry fruit (optional).

COLD COFFEE

Leave Coffee Beans in Cold Water for 24 hours

People around the globe swear on coffee and how it’s the only thing capable of waking them up in the morning. But in summers, a hot cup of coffee can be a little too much for your body. So, a cup of cold coffee could be the perfect combination of something delicious and icy, while having the same potential of keeping your alert.

 

How to Make Cold Coffee

Ingredients

  • Milk (2 cups)
  • Coffee (2 teaspoons)
  • Fresh cream (2 tablespoons)
  • Honey (1 teaspoon)
  • Vanilla ice cream (2 tablespoons)
  • Ice cubes

Method

  1. Put ice cubes in the blender, and add coffee, milk, honey, cream and about two tablespoons of ice cream.
  2. Blend it, take some ice cubes and then pour it in glasses.
  3.  Put a scoop of vanilla (optional).

 

COCONUT WATER

Coconut Water
Coconut Water Tastes Best When you Drink it Fresh From Coconut

It may be the healthiest natural drink you can have on a hot summer day.  It forms naturally in the fruit and contains 94% water and very little fat. Coconut water is a lot more than just a dose of electrolytes and sugar. It is an excellent source of several nutrients and contains many antioxidants. You can buy it from stalls. It is also readily available in stores as well. Just be sure to avoid products with added sugar.

 

FRUIT SMOOTHIES

Smoothies can serve as a cold, creamy, delicious meal-in-a-glass on a hot summer day. Since smoothies are full of fresh fruits and sometimes vegetable, the options are endless. Our recipe contains fruit juice or honey to up the pleasantness, but if you’re looking to cut added sugar from your diet, you can nix those ingredients.

 

How to Make Fruit smoothies

Ingredients

  • Banana (sliced)
  • Yogurt (2 cups)
  • Honey ( 1 tablespoon)
  • Ginger (optional)

Method

  1. Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until it becomes smooth and creamy. Add ice depending on temperature preference.
  2. Frozen bananas work best in smoothies. Peel, slice in half, and place in a large Ziploc bag in the freezer overnight.
  3. Add more vegetables and other fruits to increase nutritional benefits.

Now that you’re armed with a list of summer drinks to keep you cool, we’re sure you’d be able to keep your taste buds happy and satisfied. Anyway, cheers and happy hydration!

The Amazing Health Benefits of 8 Summer Fruits

Summer is here! And so is a wide variety of delicious fruits. Check out the amazing health benefits of 8 deliciously amazing fruits.

We all know fruits are a healthy alternative, but are you eating the ones that are best for you?

Each fruit contains certain vitamins and minerals, that may aid to a specific issue and improve certain aspects in your health. In order to make things easier for you, we have selected 8 of the best summer fruits and highlighted their incredible benefits. Keep reading and find out what your fridge should be stocked with this summer.

 

  1. Cantaloup

    This type melon fruit is known for its enticing aroma and low caloric content. It’s filled up with vitamins A and C and beta-carotene. One of its best qualities is that it reduces stress. Being rich in potassium, snacking on it normalizes the heart beat and a sends supply of oxygen to the brain, leaving you feeling relaxed and focused. You are already craving a slice, aren’t you?
  2. Cherries

    Who doesn’t enjoy a bowl of cherries? This super fruit can improve your sleep, due to the source of melatonin, reduce pain and joint soreness for those of you who love to workout, and prevent diabetes. It’s known for aiding your memory and a great snack or dessert choice if you’re currently watching your weight. Have a handful of cherries everyday to get the best of what they offer.
  3. Pomegranate

    This colorful, unique flavored fruit is a great ingredient for juices and smoothies. However, it’s not just the refreshing qualities that make this fruit a must have. Pomegranate is a good friend to your heart: it reduces cholesterol, improves blood flow and reduces thickening in the arteries. All this with just 8 ounces consumed a day.
  4. Pineapple

    It may put up a challenge when cutting it but it is worth the effort. This popular tropical fruit is packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium, that can prevent colds and strengthen you bones. Also, it keeps your gums healthy and teeth strong, lowering the risk of them falling out.
  5. Peaches

    Everyone’s favorite juicy fruit is pumped with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It’s good for your eyesight and your skin, you can even apply it directly on dark circles and wrinkles. But it’s best to savour it, right? Also, peaches fight against toxins and extra pounds. Yes, just like its sister, the nectarines, it’s low in calories, and can make for a delicious, non-fattening sweet treat.
  6. Plums

    This purple fruit is a good way to satisfy your hunger, as an in between meal snack, or satisfy your sweet tooth. Some of the results to eating daily dose of plums include a better memory and stronger bones. What’s more you can have them all year long as plums, the dried version. The latter are a good match for granola and yogurt.
  7. Raspberries

    Just another fruit you can enjoy for breakfast, but not limited to. Raspberries are a time bomb of vitamins, fiber and antioxidants, just ready to explode in your organism. They aid weight loss, prevent cancer and eye sight from muscular degeneration. Here’s a tip: you can freeze them and eat whenever you want because they do not lose their properties. How about it?
  8. Watermelon

    It’s a hassle until you get into your house, considering the 8 to 10 pounds it usually weighs, but one you have a taste you can’t get enough. Imagine biting into a cold slice on a hot July day. Watermelons are full of potassium, antioxidants, carotenoids, carbohydrates, Vitamin A, B6, and C, calcium, thiamin, sodium, healthy protein, and fiber. A couple of slices as day can help prevent heart attacks and diseases, different types of cancer, digestive problems, weak eye sight and hair loss. How about dicing one right now?

     

    There’s nothing like a fruit summer salad to refresh your senses and give your body that extra boost of vitamins and minerals to keep it healthy and vibrant. Enjoy!