The arrival of the covid-19 pandemic all over the world has made people more conscious about their health. People started using organic homemade items like juice to enhance their immunity. Consuming homemade organic drinks not only boosts energy and stamina but also maintains the nutritional balance of the body. Every ingredient has its nutritional benefits.
A blend of the right ingredients makes any drink effective. The recipes of these drinks aren’t random. They are tried and tested over years, keeping dietary requirements in mind. They serve specific purposes. In this article, I am going to share a list of best healthy organic homemade refreshing drinks and juices which doesn’t contain caffeine in it.
Sattu drink has been used as a beverage from ancient times in India. It has become a popular drink in the contemporary world. Traditionally sattu is prepared by using an iron vessel in which grains or grams are roasted in the sand, sieved, and ground into a fine flour. You can get sattu powder in any supermarket or place an order online.
In case of unavailability, you can make the powder easily at home. You need to roast the gram and remove the husks, then grind it into a powder and store it in a bottle. To this powder, add sufficient water, salt, lemon juice, chopped onion, and coriander leaves, and mix it well. This refreshing drink is now ready to drink.
Sattu is high in fiber, protein, and energy. So, you can start your mornings with this drink. It retains the body’s hydration and energy during summer and gives instant stamina. It also maintains your digestive system. This drink has no side effects.
Rooh Afza Drink
Rooh Afza is not just a concentrated syrup, it is also used as a remedy in regions with hot climates to cure constipation or dehydration. The drink has rose flavoring and other ingredients that have a cooling and refreshing quality that helps in maintaining body temperature during the summer season. It keeps the body hydrated.
Initially, it came into existence before the partition of India and Pakistan. It was invented by an Indian Muslim man as medicine to cure heatstroke. Gradually it became a common beverage in different South Asian countries like India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. It is also famous in some gulf countries.
You can acquire rooh afza from a supermarket or buy it online. With this concentrated syrup, you can make various types of drinks. You can easily get recipes online.
Coconut water has been a popular drink in tropical countries. You may have seen street vendors cut them open in front of customers and serve them fresh.
In a time when a pandemic has taken over the world, drinking coconut water might be a good idea. Doctors consider it effective against coronavirus as it contains calcium, glucose, and other minerals which are effective in strengthening immunity. It can be purchased in local shops and they are also sold in packaged form and are not that costly.
This drink, also known as Lemonade is a sweetened lemon-flavored beverage. Historically, it was used by Egyptians for health and glow. Lemons are also rich in vitamin C, which proves to be a natural antioxidant that helps in building up the immune system.
A high concentration of citric acid present in lemonade helps in preventing kidney stones, heart diseases, and also promotes healthy skin. Many nutritionists recommend taking lemon juice early in the morning to enhance immunity.
Lassi is a creamy yogurt-based drink mixed with water and sugar. It originated in Punjab, India. There are various kinds of lassi – Salted Lassi, Sweet Lassi, Mango Lassi, and Bhang Lassi. It is apt for the summers as it helps in cooling down the body.
It also has numerous health benefits such as improving digestion and boosting immunity. It is also a good source of calcium, vitamin D, and many other vitamins which help in preventing stomach-related problems. It is also known to improve bone health.
It is a liquid that is left after churning butter or cultured cream. It is common in regions like India, the Middle East, and the southern United States, where unrefrigerated fresh milk sours swiftly because of high temperatures. Hence it can be a summer drink. It also has a positive effect on the digestive system.
Buttermilk can be used to bring a pleasant tang to cakes, biscuits, bread while adding very little fat. Like yogurt and sour cream, this acidic ingredient helps tenderize gluten giving baked items a soft texture.
It has health benefits like reducing acidity, improving constipation, hydration, and controlling Blood Pressure & Cholesterol.
Mint juice is prepared with mint leaves, mint-flavoring, or pureed mint leaves mixed with freshly squeezed lemon juice, sugar, and water.
This beverage is commonly called virgin mojito. It is not a very old drink, it became part of the beverage family in North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East since the 20th century.
Mint has many medicinal properties. It cools your body, improves digestion, and is a good cleanser for the blood and body. So, this juice is a great detox drink.
Kokum is a regional fruit in the North-Western and South-Eastern parts of India. It has many nutrients like carbohydrates, acetic acid, vitamin B complexes, Potassium, Manganese, citric acid, hydro citric acid, etc. You can eat it raw or drink its juice. It is available in readymade form. But if you are looking for fresh homemade kokum juice then you can easily make it.
First, you need to slice the kokum into pieces, pick out the seeds, and remove the pulp. Cut the outer layer. Put the ingredients in a blender and blend it till it is smooth. Then you can add sugar and store it in a bottle. Add some ice cubes or cool it in the refrigerator before serving.
Naturally, this drink has great cooling properties and keeps the body cool and hydrated during the summer season. It is one of the best summer drinks. This drink is good for the digestive system. It helps control cholesterol and obesity.
Note: People who are suffering from high blood pressure and under medical care should avoid intake of kokum.
“Thandai” is a Shuddh Hindi Indian word that means cool. The ingredients of this drink have cooling properties, hence the name. This drink keeps your body cool and hydrated in hot weather.
This beverage is popular in many parts of North India. People mostly drink this during festivals like Holi and Mahashivratri. You can make this at home quickly. Take a few nuts and soak them for a few minutes. Next, take poppy seeds, melon seeds and blend them into a paste. Now, add fennel seeds, black pepper, cinnamon, and cardamom as well as rose water or leaf into the blend. Pour milk and blend till it is smooth.
Cool it in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours before drinking. If anyone is under medical care, consult your doctor before drinking. It boosts your energy and stamina and will cure constipation.
Sugarcane was once used as a medicine during ancient times. It has high nutritional value. In sugarcane cultivation and production, India is the second-largest in the world after Brazil. It is easily available at a decent price in many countries. It is acquired from the sugarcane plant and this plant has a naturally sweet flavor. It is served as a cooling drink with ice, flavored with a drop of lemon, or with mint and salt.
It is useful in fighting jaundice. It improves the digestive system and helps to improve acne and skin aging problems.
Historically, it originated on the bank of river Ganga. Over time, it became a popular summer drink in North India. This juice is also known as jaljeera water. Ingredients used in this drink, like cumin, have medicinal importance. Black salt is good for digestion and mint has natural cooling properties. With these ingredients, you can make the powder at home if you don’t like buying ready-made jaljeera water. Add some powder with drops of lemon in cool water and it is ready to serve. It has no side effects. It is good for the digestive system.
Palm Wine or Toddy
Palm wine is an alcoholic beverage and is collected from palm trees by cutting flowers of plants like toddy palm, oil palm, coconut palm, wild date palm, raphia palm, nipa palm, and kithul palm. These are of two types: Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic.
The white liquid that is initially accumulated tends to be very sweet and non-alcoholic before it is fermented. It is produced at a regional level. It has various regional names. It is a very common drink in Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Caribbean, South America, and Africa.
Excess consumption of fermented palm is not good for health and affects many organs of the body such as kidneys, liver, etc. Non-alcoholic palm wine improves eyesight and maintains the healthiness of hair and nails.