11 Healthy Indian Foods for Summer
As summer season has arrived, the temperature has started crossing 40-degree mark. Many of us have already started making changes to our workout and fitness regime. It’s time to make some changes in diet plans too. Sticking to winter foods is difficult and not recommended. Also considering the heat temperatures in India, it is very necessary to keep yourself hydrated all day long. Keeping these things in mind, we made a complete list of foods to tackle the problem. These foods are easily available on Indian streets, so there will be no disturbance to routine food and work life. Well, there is no escape from heat whatsoever, try these 11 healthy Indian foods for summer season and get nutrition from their lip-smacking taste. So, let’s get started:
Aamras is the Indian traditional name for mango juice. Summer brings the season of ripe juicy mangoes. The juicy mango pulp is mixed with sugar and consumed chilled. This nutritional fruit drink will relieve all your stress in summer. It has a high content of Vitamin C to keep you hydrated and Vitamin A will rejuvenate your skin. It has many other rich nutrients like anti-oxidants, potassium, and polyphenols.
- Good for skin
- Helps in digestion
- Improves the immune system.
Buttermilk or Chhaach(in India) is made by adding a few spoons of yogurt to water and blending it. The taste varies from being sweet, a bit salty to sweet spicy. Often some cumin seeds, coriander leaves, and mint(Pudina) is added to enhance the taste. The drink is consumed in India in summer season probably after lunch or breakfast to help digestion and keep the body cool. It has many health benefits.
- Low-fat content
- Acts as a coolant
- Eases digestion
One more delicious beverage for the summer season. Now many people know making hot coffee but believe me making cold coffee is simpler. Drinking one or two glasses of cold coffee will lower heat levels since it is 67% more alkaline as compared to hot coffee. If you are addicted to hot coffee and suffer acid reflux, try switching to cold coffee as it is healthier. Cold coffee is rich in antioxidants and polyphenols.
Falooda is mostly a menu item at all the juice stalls and kulfi dessert shops. It is a dessert with beautiful presentation and one cannot stop themselves to have it. It contains rose water, dry fruits, different nuts, ice-cream or kulfi, vermicelli, cream, etc. Represented in a step by step layer and finally garnished with pistachios and raisins. My mouth is watering now while writing this, read the next foods while I come back after having a Falooda. Wanna join?
When the sun is overhead, going traditional will beat the heat. Kairi Panha or Kairiche Panhe is a Maharashtrian traditional drink to fight heat and prevent heat stroke. This drink can be made easily at home from raw mangoes and be adding sweeteners like jaggery or sugar. It is also available at many juice stalls on Indian streets. It is a rich source of Potassium and sodium.
- Prevents dehydration
- Prevents heat stroke
- Prevents constipation
Kulfi is a popular alternative to ice-creams in India. Available in many flavors ranging from malai, Kesar Pista to chocolate, this street food is available everywhere in summer. Low level of fat content and dry fruits will give you a relief from the strong heat.
Lassi is a blend of yogurt, water, and sweeteners. Different states have a different variant of lassi. It is available in many tastes ranging from sweet to bit sour and spicy masala Taak. It is a great coolant drink in India and most widely drunk beverage in north India. It is served chilled with Punjabi food like aloo paratha, sarso da saag, and makke di roti.
- Good source of probiotics and healthy bacteria
- Helps in digestion
- Rich in calcium content
Mastani is a thick soft creamy drink which is widely consumed all around the year in the city of Pune, Maharashtra. The invent of drink has a great story behind it. The drink is a blend of orange and pineapple and topped with fruits and dry nuts. The name “Mastani” is derived from the Pune’s rich cultural heritage. The name is derived from the legend of the famous Peshwa ruler Bajirao and his lover, the beautiful Mastani. It is one of the most widely consumed drink by Punekars.
Neera is a famous drink mostly consumed in areas of Mumbai and Pune in the summer season. The drink is extracted from toddy palms. Neera is gaining popularity because of its high nutritional value and is consumed in many countries. It is an excellent source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C. The drink is available at a very low price starting from Rs 10 per 200 ml. This health drink is must recommend for the summer season.
Easily available on Indian streets, sugarcane juice is a blessing thirst quenching drink. It is rich in natural sugars and provides energy instantly. Sucrose content in sugarcane is easily absorbed by the body in no time. It helps maintain the sugar and water level at a very low price.
- Prevents dehydration
- Aids digestion
- Prevents tooth decay and bad breath
This food is the yummiest of all and needs no introduction. Yogurt( Dahi in India) is eaten with a wide variety of foods like rice, for starters and in breakfast and lunch. It is very rich in nutrients. A 100g serving has 9g protein and almost 150 calories. Dahi promises to keep you healthy on diet and cool in summers.
- Contains Probiotics
- Prevents stomach ulcers
- Rich in vitamin B12,calcium and protein