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Drink For Health

Updated: September 4, 2010 2:54 pm

Whatever may be the weather condition, cold, hot or rainy beverages always come handy. Outside the house or at home these drinks always help the body to stimulate and boost our energy. Apart from tea which usually we look forward to take a break at office or at home there are few other drinks I am giving here for you to enjoy according to the season.

Banana drink

Bananas can be one of the most filling and wholesome fruits. Let us prepare a delicious drink of banana for a change.

One cup of skimmed milk (chilled), 2 ripe and fresh bananas (peeled), a pinch of cardamom, a pinch of saffron.

                Put all the above ingredients in a blender and blend well. Check for lumps. Pour it in a tall glass and serve! Bananas can reduce risks of breast cancer. It also has potassium and magnesium, some of the essential minerals, required by the body.

Chocolate drink

Keep yourself warm with this fabulous drink during winter.

                Warm milk, chocolate syrup, 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder, sugar as per taste, pinch of cinnamon.

Method: Blend all the ingredients well in a glass. Check for lumps. Stay warm!


HEALTH CHECK


                Milk nourishment is usually tender on tissues and a healthy replacement for fizzy drinks and junks. Make milk more fun and interesting!

                Milk is rich in Vitamin B2 and Vitamin B12. Almonds are extremely rich in protein and helps lower cholesterol.

                Watermelons have a high water-content and rich in Vitamin C. It can cure severe cases of dehydration and prevent heat-stroke!

                Curd strengthens the immune system, reduces risk of blood pressure and adds glow to your skin because it is fermented!

                Buttermilk has potassium and Vitamin B12. And in case you think it has a high fat-content, then time to dig into facts! Buttermilk has far less lower fat-content than butter itself.


Ginger drink

This is another way of living healthy with ginger.

                Boil the water in the pan and add ginger to it. Then cover the pan with a lid and let the essential oils from the ginger dissolve into the simmering water. Then, take the ginger shreds out from the hot water and add lemon juice and honey to it. Stir. Garnish it with basil leaves and serve! Ginger soothes sore throat and helps in digestion.

Watermelon drink

If you have the thirst, go for it. Unleash the health freak in you! 500 grams of finely crushed ice, two whole watermelons (ripe). Slice the watermelons and de-seed them properly. Peel the skin off completely as well. Now, add the red melon chunks in the blender along with the crushed ice and blend. Serve it in stout glasses with straw!

Mishti doi

Mishti doi or sweet curd is the punchline of every Bengali meal. If you have your heart set out to it, here is an extremely simple way of preparing mishit doi. 25 grams curd, 100 grams of powdered sugar, half a liter milk.

                Boil milk and sugar in the pan till it gets reduced to half. Stir it continuously. Cool the mixture and then add curd to it. Pour it in a casserole or a metal container so that the remaining heat does not escape it and keep it untouched in a safe place, for the next seven hours. When the mixture thickens, freeze it and serve it to your guests!

Chhaach

It is very refreshing in summers to beat the heat with the very traditional chhaach or buttermilk. 1½ cups of skimmed milk, 1 cup of fresh lemon extract, 2 cups of buttermilk, salt as per taste.

                Mix sugar and lime extract well till the sugar granules turn into a smooth paste and mix well. Add skimmed milk and buttermilk. Mix well and pour in kullars and serve chilled!

Coffee

Chilly and damp mornings always need a stimulant like a coffee-shot. Here is another serious mocha recipe.

Method: To begin with, mix coffee, milk, sugar granules and cocoa powder in the kettle. Heat the liquid and stir constantly. Add vanilla extract to it only after you remove it from the direct flame. Pour it in your mugs and top it with that smooth whipped cream and cinnamon!

                Go, measure your life in coffee spoons.

By N Suguna

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