This torrid weather might sometimes force us to quench our thirst with energy drinks and carbonated beverages. Even though these drinks might be able to make us feel cool for a minute or two, they do not serve the purpose of satisfying our thirst. Furthermore, they do not restore our body’s electrolyte concentration or balance Pitta dosha, a characteristic feature of summer.
Also Read: How To Balance Pitta During Summers?
So, what’s the alternative? Fortunately, we have a plethora of healthy ayurvedic options at our disposal! And we're here to share some of our absolute favorite healthy recipes with you :D
Before we begin, we’d like to assure you that these recipes will revitalize not only your health but also your taste buds! So, let's dive right into it
My mum was the one who originally introduced me to this recipe. This was her grandmother's favorite drink to serve when the kids returned home soaked in sweat after a long afternoon of playing. Her description enticed me to try it, and it was delightful. When ice-cold jaggery water is blended with lemon juice, black salt, and mint, it creates a flavorful beverage that instantly rejuvenates and cools the body. Its routine consumption alleviates symptoms of acidity, beats anemia, and improves metabolism. A true wonder!
- 3/4th cup of powdered jaggery
- 1.5 liters of water
- 3 lemons
- Mint leaves
- Black salt
- Ice cubes
- Dissolve powdered jaggery in 1.5 liters of water
- Add mint leaves, Ice cubes, and lemon juice
- Blend it and strain in case of any impurities
- Add black salt as per taste and it's ready!
Have it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach to stay hydrated throughout the day! Ayurveda also states that drinking jaggery lemonade every morning revs up our metabolism and also fights belly fat.
Sabja Infused Water
This two-ingredient marvel is worth exploring! It's a beverage best suited for those of us who are sluggish in the morning. Sabja, also known as tukmaria or basil seeds, is an excellent supplement to include in our diets. It is low in calories yet high in fiber, carbs, and protein. Sabja is also a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, minerals, and vitamin E. It aids in the prevention of excessive sweating and dehydration, making it a "must-have" summer ingredient.
- To a glass of lukewarm water, add two spoonfuls of Sabja seeds and honey to taste.
- Allow the seeds to swell for 10 minutes and enjoy it on an empty stomach!
Fennel seeds, also known as Saunf in Hindi, are regarded as one of the most effective digestive herbs for boosting Agni (digestive fire). They accomplish this with ease while avoiding the aggravation of Pitta dosha. Furthermore, fennel seeds are well-known for their delicious flavor and cooling properties. If you've never tried it before and are curious about how it tastes, please allow us to describe it to you! Fennel seeds have a peculiar aroma and an incredibly warm and sweet flavor that leaves a refreshing aftertaste. It's the perfect beverage for a sunny Sunday.
- To 1 liter water, add two tsp of crushed fennel seeds, and 3-4 tsp of sugar as per taste
- Let it soak overnight and strain it the following day.
- Splash some ice cubes and we're good to go!
Note: You can substitute sugar for rock sugar, honey, or other natural sweeteners for added benefit
Indian gooseberry, or Amla sharbat, is a rich, pulpy delight loaded with Ayurvedic benefits. It can be consumed to help combat dehydration, fatigue, thirst, and a burning sensation. As per Ayurveda, Amla Sharbat can pacify the Vata-Pitta dosha and is rich in essential vitamins and minerals.
- Rock Salt
- Cumin Powder
- Chop 2 cups of Amla and boil them on medium flame
- After that, purée the amla with 1.5 cups of warm water.
- In a pan, add 1 cup of water and allow it to simmer, once done, add 1.5 cups of sugar followed by amla puree
- Add a tsp of cumin powder, and rock salt as per taste, cook it for 8-10 mins, and voila! Beverage ready to be served :)
We know, we know, this process might seem a bit tedious, and if you're looking for an easier option to go with, try Amrutam's Ayurvedic Sharbat with extracts of Amla that contains Brahmi, Bael Phal, and Giloy extracts. Made with love at Amrutam Vatika, this natural Amla Sharbat keeps the body cool, the skin moisturized, and strengthens immunity. Amrutam's natural Amla Sharbat contains potent Brahmi, which improves memory and immunity while also lowering stress and anxiety. Bael Phal's therapeutic effects help with digestion and vitality. Adding to its advantages, Giloy boosts immunity and enhances mental and digestive health. Psst! And it tastes amazing!
Also Read: Sharbats- History and Modern Interpretations
Simply infusing mint leaves with water has immense benefits. Starting with hydration, mint leaves are an excellent way to stay hydrated and refreshed. Secondly, these added nutrients rejuvenate the body and help you stay focused for longer periods of time, be it while studying or working. Mint leaves are also known for relieving symptoms of IBS and aiding digestion. Isn't this fantastic?
Kachche Aam ka Sharbat
We all have fond memories of plucking raw mangoes off trees and eating them with salt and chili powder! The tangy flavor always astounded us. And today, we'd like to share our version of "Kachche Aam ka sharbat," which will undoubtedly take you back to your childhood. Try Amrutam’s Ayurvedic Sharbat with extracts of Kacha Aam. Raw mango has rich reserves of essential nutrients, polyphenols, Vitamin A, and C, along with antioxidants that counter the intense summer heat. They are also recognized for increasing immunity and strengthening Agni. However, excessive eating of raw mango alone should be avoided because it has the potential to aggravate Tridosha.
That's it for now! Do try these recipes and let us know which one is your favorite out of all of them:)
Happy Summer :D