3 Refreshing and Healthy Summer Coolers

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Despite being colorful, beautiful and vibrant ‘Summers’ in their own little sneaky, messy way can drain you. To keep yourself hydrated this summer give my 3-easy recipes a try. I assure you all those knotty nerves jammed due to the humidity will unwind.

Here goes:

Cherry detox water

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Detox water are my go-to this summer. Why have plain old water when you can spruce it up. Detox water is basically plain water with fresh herbs, fruits or vegetables. The whole idea behind this is oozing of the nutrients from the fruit or vegetable into the water, so when you sip it detoxifies you. Feel free to use anything <blueberries, lemon, lime, strawberries, cucumber, oranges, grapefruit, malta> because all will work the same way.

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Ingredients
Cherries cut in halves and pitted
Mint stems and leaves torn roughly
Lemon circles
1 litre of water

Method
In a jar, put everything in and refrigerate for couple of hours. Drink like water. You can strain the fruit out, but I like it. In fact I eat them along. This one will boost your metabolism and flush out all those nasty toxins that make you feel sluggish.

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Green Chaach

Ingredients
1 cup of fresh curd
1 glass of water
1/2 glass of whey*
A good bunch of fresh coriander and mint leaves
1/2 inch of ginger
1 green chilly
1/2 tsp of roasted cumin powder
Salt to taste
Ice

Method
1. In a blender, put in everything and give it a nice whizz.
2. Pour into a ice- filled mason jar and top it with mint.

The good thing about this recipe is that you can add or remove any ingredient. You like more chilli, put another one. Hate ginger, skip it.

*Whey is that watery residue you get when you make curd at home. Don’t ignore it as its extremely nutritious.

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Chamomile Iced Tea

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Ingredients
1 bag of chamomile tea <any floral tea will work>
Few springs of mint
2 tsbp of brown sugar/stevia/honey
1/3 cup of lime juice
Water
Ice

Method
1. In a pot add a cup of water, sugar and few sprigs of mint. Allow it to boil and leave it to cool. By the end of it, you have a minty sugar syrup that can be used in any drink.
2. Steep your tea bag in water. I like my tea to be mild so I take the bag out in around 2 minutes- prolong it if you want a stronger brew. One bag gives me 2 cups of tea. Allow this to cool as well.
2. In a huge pitcher, pour the tea, the lime juice and the sugar syrup. Stir.
3. Garnish with fresh lime circles and mint sprigs.
4. Serve over ice.

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If you do try any of these, please send me a picture on Facebook, Instagram or email. Would love to see how it goes for you.

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