June 6, 2006

Fruit juices for a cool summer

Though torrential rains have lashed most parts of South India, some parts of North India are still in the throes of the hot summer. Whether it is to quench your thirst or for a celebration, a cool refreshing drink is always welcome in summer.Benefits of drinking juices in summer

In summer, juices not only help in overcoming fatigue but also boost energy and work wonders in a state of dehydration. Moreover they are rich in various kinds of vitamins, minerals and enzymes, low in calories and boost the immune system. Water melons, juicy grapes, oranges, mangoes and melting pears are all filled with the goodness of summer. Mango, the king of the fruits is the hot favorite and a ‘welcome guest’ of this season. So make the most of this fruit while it is there.

Drink cool refreshing juices in summer
Go ahead & beat the heat by drinking gallons of fresh fruit juices and feel cool from the inside also. Do remember that fresh fruit juices are a hundred times tastier, healthier and cheaper than bottled aerated drinks.
*Start your day with a glass of orange juice. It not only contains vitamin C but is also loaded in antioxidants. If oranges are not available, you may drink vegetable juice comprising carrot, beetroot, and tomato. Add to it a dash of lemon juice, salt and rock salt to keep you energetic throughout the day.
* Pineapple juice is also a good source of vitamin C and helps in digestion. Steamed and raw peaches and apples also make healthy and tasty fruit juices.
* Chilled water-melon, cucumber and grape juices are simply made for the afternoons and early evenings when the heat is at its worst. Add to the juice chunks of melons and grapes and your energizing health drink is complete.
* Grape juice not only helps in curing constipation but also is rich in Vitamin C.
* Keep in readiness, fresh lime concentrates and green mango panna which are reputed to ward off heat stroke and exhaustion. These can refresh you after a workout or a walk. Preparation of mango panna is very simple. Extract pulp of boiled raw mangoes. Add jaggery (or sugar) to it. Whip up in a blender. Add salt, pepper & cardamoms to taste. Chill & serve cold.
* Sweet or salted lassi made of thinned buttermilk is an ideal summer refreshener. A jug of lassi should find a place in your refrigerator every day in summer.
Try out new juice recipes
Make an effort to be adventurous and try to include as many newer recipes and variety of fruits and vegetables for your juice diet. A varying choice increases the likelihood of getting all the nutritional advantages of fruits and vegetables.

So, go natural and load up on juice instead of the usual coffee, tea or cola drinks in summer.See also: Some tips for summer / Cool ways to beauty in summer / Makeup tips for summer / Sunscreen-the necessity of summer / Eye care in summer / Baths / All about deodorants and anti-perspirants

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  1. Wow..you blog has too informative. I just loved it :).
    Thanks for visiting my site. I will post some of the cool juices/drinks soon. Your blog gave me inspiration :).

  2. Looking forward to your juice recipes... :)

  3. Anonymous9:04 AM

    Lovely fruit juice. Looks very refreshing

  4. swathi9:06 AM

    That looks great, ! Very colorful and healthy too! And hey, You write so well!! :)

  5. Anonymous9:08 AM

    That looks and sounds absolutely amazing,

  6. Thanks all of you for the wonderful comments. Keep dropping by.

  7. Mmmm, look good.

  8. Have you tried adding vegetable juices to your summer drink. Full of vital nutrients and not as high in calories as fruit juices.

  9. Anonymous8:23 AM

    Juice boosters or supplements can be added to you juice for greater nutritional value. Boosters or supplements can be added to your drink to bring about specific health benefits. The supplements like spirulina, wheatgrass and aloe vera are concentrated sources of the vitamins and minerals essential to good health and speedy recovery. Add them to your juices for maximum nutritional benefits.

  10. Varun3:59 PM

    Dilute your Juices with water. It'll reduce the calorie in take without affecting the taste buds.

  11. Nandita4:00 PM

    Juices have many calories, ounce for an ounce as a soda. Set a limit of one 8-oz glass fruit juice a day.

  12. Aarathi9:03 AM

    Hey Aparna! Great tip about staying hydrated with fruit JUICE

  13. Sheena4:20 PM

    Fresh fruits are always good for health. But of course, instead of the ready-made market-available fruit juices, one should make it at home. Because these so-called canned juices are just empty calories, full of sugar, preservatives and chemicals.

  14. Lakshmikant4:57 PM

    Eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables assists with detoxifying harmful substances from your body

  15. calamansi juice is a very good in our body because it help our body to metabolize...

  16. Kartik9:58 AM

    Fruit juices have loads of vitamins and nutrients, but it’s important to make sure that there’s no added sugar

  17. Natasha9:32 AM

    To keep your cool in summer, avoid sugary foods and drinks. Instead, drink plenty of fresh fruit juices and coconut water.

  18. Food Expert9:50 AM

    Fresh juices benefit us in the following ways:
    They provide minerals, vitamins, essential fatty acids, carbohydrates and proteins, Help improve energy levels, Good for the skin, Strengthen the immune system, Make the bones strong.

  19. Raghuveer9:52 AM

    # If you want to lose weight, then drink vegetable juices, as they contain fewer calories than fruit juice.

  20. Anonymous9:55 AM

    If you have a sensitive stomach or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ensure that you dilute juices with water (three parts of juice with one part of water).

  21. Ratnamala9:58 AM

    A glass of fruit or vegetable juice takes very little digestion. It goes right into your body and is a very yummy way of getting instant energy. Fruit juices can energize your life.

  22. Anonymous9:57 AM

    Fruits contain the following nutrients:
    Carbohydrates in the form of simple sugars, particularly fructose and glucose. These give the super sweetness to fruits and are almost pre-digested and easily absorbed in the body.
    Vitamin C: Fruits are valued especially for their Vitamin C content because the vitamin is present in its natural form along with other useful chemicals, the bio-flavonoids, that complete the spectrum.

  23. Ketaki9:40 AM

    whole fruits and vegetables have healthy fiber, which is lost during most juicing!

  24. Amaresh9:44 AM

    If you do try juicing, make only as much juice as you can drink at one time because fresh squeezed juice can quickly develop harmful bacteria

  25. Koushik8:41 AM

    Fruit has a very positive effect on the brains just like carrots. So if you want to stimulate your brain functions you have to eat much fresh fruit and carrots (raw).

  26. Sunanda8:43 AM

    The effect fruit has on your brain is that it makes you think faster and recall information more easily.

  27. Sucharita8:50 AM

    Fruits gives you Energy,Proteins - Fat - Sugar,Fibers and water.

  28. Drinking lots of fluids is good when you are ill.
    Juices have vitamin c in them which can help the immune system.
    Plain water is almost as good and in some ways better.

  29. Anonymous9:31 AM

    Consuming nothing but fresh, diluted juices from various fruits and vegetables for a day or more is a safe and helpful form of fasting. I believe that juice fasting actually works better than a straight water fast, because it helps to eliminate wastes, old or dead cells while building new tissues with the easily accessible nutrients from the juices

  30. Expert9:32 AM

    Include pulp in your fruit juices to get the fiber that is important for digestive health.

  31. Bharat9:33 AM

    Don't rely too much on fruit juice, because fruit is higher in sugar.
    The juice of starchy vegetables like carrots and beets is also higher in sugar.

  32. Raghunath9:34 AM

    Since fruit and vegetable juice is easy to digest, it leaves more energy for the body to fight off diseases and heal itself.

  33. Mangala9:36 AM

    Limit diluted fruit juices and drink watermelon juice only in the morning. Juice should be consumed immediately because it loses its nutritional value quickly after juicing.

  34. Food Expert9:38 AM

    Canned or bottled juices are generally pasteurized, which destroys the vital enzymes and many of the nutrients. They also often have added sugar and preservatives, making them acid-forming.

  35. Prajakta9:40 AM

    We can digest fluids more easily than solid foods. Even a diet high in fresh, raw fruits and vegetables requires a lot of energy to digest and extract nutrients

  36. Richa9:48 AM

    Citrus fruits such as lemons, limes and oranges are alkaline-forming, high in vitamin C and refreshing to drink.


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