Who says healthy drinks have to be boring and tasteless. There are so many yummilicious options out there when it comes to diet friendly beverages. And they best part is that they are so easy to make, you will be making them every day. When you know what you’re putting in these tasty brews is good for you, you will enjoy them even more.
Sip up these delicious concoctions which happen to be healthy too!
Watermelon and lime Mocktail
This is such a refreshing summery drink. Watermelons are a great way to relax on a sultry summer after. And watermelon juice is an even greater way to quench your thirst. Add to that a bit of lemon juice and you have the most refreshing drink of summer.
De-seed watermelons and cut them in small pieces. Puree the watermelon, and sieve it. You can skip this step if you love pulp. Blend it with ½ teaspoon lemon juice and if you need more sweetness 1 teaspoon of honey. You can also add ½ or 1 cup of water, depending on the consistency of the juice you prefer. Add a few ice cubes and drink chilled.
2. Wheatgrass cleanser
Wheatgrass is packed with nutrients. You can charge your day with a glass of wheatgrass juice every morning. And if you don’t like the taste of plain wheatgrass, there are a number of combinations you can try. Wheatgrass tastes yum when blended with watermelon. You can also try wheatgrass with carrots, ginger, and beetroot. And if you’re feeling adventurous you could try blending an espresso shot with wheatgrass.
3. Homemade fresh ginger ale
What if I told you that instead of the store bought Ginger Ale, you can make your own? Ginger Ale is soothing in the summers and helps in digestion. And it’s so easy to make!
All you need to do is mince a 1 and a ½ Inch piece of ginger, 2 tablespoons of sugar or honey, ½ cup of lemon juice and 8 cups of water. Boil together ginger, 3 cups of water and sugar in a saucepan. Simmer this mixture until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and add the rest of the water. Allow it to cool. Add the lemon juice and store this mixture in an air tight jar. You will need to leave this mixture for 2-3 days. You can then strain and refrigerate before drinking.
4. Elixir Tea
Tea, when drunk properly can do wonders for your health. One healthy alternative to milky tea is Elixir tea. There is no one formula for making an Elixir tea, any aromatic tea that combines the benefits of few ingredients can be called Elixir tea. Try having a spicy brew first thing in the morning. Add a dash of pepper, 2-3 crushed cardamom pods, and ½ inch ginger to 1 cup of boiling water and let it brew for a minute or so. This will cleanse you and will get you started on your day, fresh and ready.
5. Pomegranate Pineapple Lemon Juice
Pomegranate is a favorite ingredient for detox drinks. It has loads of antioxidants, even more than what Green Tea has. The Pineapple adds the perfect amount of sweetness and the acidity in the lemon will detoxify your system and will give a boost to your metabolism.
The recipe is simple. Just blend together pomegranate and chopped pineapple and add just a teaspoon of lemon to the mix. In a couple of minutes, your detox friendly drink is ready!
6. Four fruit smoothie
Now, this one is lip smacking-ly good. And packed with the nutrients of super fruits. The four fruits you use to make this smoothie are blueberries, bananas, cranberries, and strawberries. Did you know that banana is a berry and but strawberries are not? Yes I know, mind-blowing! And so is the power of this wonderful smoothie. You get fiber and potassium from bananas, antioxidants from the blueberries, Vitamin C and E from the cranberries and Iron and Vitamin C from the strawberries. With so many good things in one drink, no wonder it tastes so good and is so popular with fitness freaks.
Peel bananas, and blend together with other ingredients to make this smoothie.
7. Apple and carrot Juice
This combo is relatively unknown but is as delicious and healthy. Apples give you fiber and the sweetness you need in juice, while carrots are full of carotenoids and vitamins.
Peel and de-core 2 apples and blend into a puree. Sieve and keep aside pulp. Blend a peeled carrot and sieve. Blend together carrot and apple juice in the blender. Drink away your toxics with, breakfast, lunch or dinner.
8. Lavender lemonade
I love alliterations, but that is not the only reason to love lavender lemonade. Lavender is a popular herb and has quite a few therapeutic qualities. Drinking anything infused with lavender at night, will give you better sleep. Lemon will give you your dose of Citric acid and Vitamin C.
To make this interesting lemonade crush a tablespoon of fresh lavender flowers and keep aside. Bring 2 cups of water to boil. Remove from heat and add a teaspoon of honey. Add the lavender to the honey water and keep aside. This way the flavor will be infused in the water. Sieve and pour the water in a jug and add 2tablespoon of lemon juice and 2 cups of cold water to this mixture. Let it chill in the fridge before you enjoy this unique drink.
9. Natural Energy drink
This should be a favorite for gym lovers. Most energy drinks available in the market are highly processed and therefore not that great for a fit lifestyle. But you do need energy drinks now and then and if you have the option of a natural energizer I am sure you will grab it.
You can use green tea powder to make this drink. Fill a bottle with water. Add ¼ teaspoon of the powder, put the bottle cap and shake it till the powder has dissolved. Your natural energy drink is ready!
10. Detox water
Flavored water available in high end stores may not have health benefits but this detox water sure does. Dinking this regularly will help flush out all toxins from your system.
You will two lemons, ½ a cucumber, 10-15 mint leaves and of course water.
Peel and slice cucumbers and place in a huge pitcher. Add mint leaves and sliced lemons. Add water, and leave it overnight to chill. If you do have this regularly, make sure you replace the fruits once the water is over.
This drink will keep you hydrated and will also prevent water retention.
Are you ready to make these 10 healthiest drinks in the world?