The sun is blazing and the temperatures are soaring. Staying hydrated is important, especially during summers. Fluid intake is vital to regulate body temperature, deliver nutrients to cells, and keep joints lubricated. Children need to up their hydration game during summers, to relieve fatigue and increase energy. When their water intake is optimum, not only do they feel more energised, they also sleep better and think better, as the body is free from toxins.
But it can be tough to ensure that children are drinking adequate fluids, with just water. To make sure they’re drinking enough fluids, you could include a variety of summer drinks in their diets. We’ve got 6 nutritious summer drinks for you to try out in your kitchen. These fun recipes are easy enough to involve the children in the kitchen.
1) THE CLASSIC LEMONADE
No matter how many new drinks come up, nothing can beat the good old lemonade. This recipe takes all of ten minutes to prepare and can be stocked up in your fridge for a week.
Ingredients: 1 cup white, granulated sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)
1 cup water (for the simple syrup)
1 cup lemon juice
2 to 3 cups cold water (to dilute)
Method: In a saucepan, add the sugar along with one cup of water. Stir to dissolve the sugar completely and remove the saucepan from heat. Juice your lemons. Add the juice along with the sugar syrup to a pitcher. Pour 2- 3 cups of water to this and taste. Add more water if you want the lemonade to be more diluted. Adjust sugar levels, as per your taste.
2) AGUA FRESCA
This summer special is extremely versatile and can be made from a variety of fruits.
Ingredients: 2 cups of cold pineapple chunks
2 cups of cold strawberries
8 cups of water
¼ cup of sugar blend
Method: Easiest recipe ever, pour all the ingredients into a blender and get mixing. Once the ingredients are blended, pour the juice into glasses. You can even sieve the juice to remove the foam.
3) CHERRY LIME SODA
This is a hit with children and delivers high on taste.
Ingredients: 2 oz of frozen cherries (thawed)
1 cup of fresh lime juice
1 cup of sugar (granulated)
4 cups of water
Method: Blend cherries and the lime juice into a fine mix. Low boil the cherry- lime mixture with a cup of water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Stir constantly to avoid lumps. Strain it and refrigerate. Add three more cups of water and serve it over ice.
4) WATERMELON SMOOTHIE
Smoothies are the easiest way to include vegetables and fruits in your child’s diet. They’re quick to make and rich in nutrients.
Ingredients: 3 cups of seedless watermelon, cut into cubes and frozen.
1 cup milk
1/2 cup yogurt
3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 sprigs mint, garnish
Method: Place 3 cups of frozen watermelon cubes in a blender. Top the fruit with milk, yogurt, and maple syrup. Blend until smooth. Garnish it with mint and serve chilled.
5) STRAWBERRY MILKSHAKE
The ultimate indulgence that never goes out of fashion, strawberry milkshakes are here to stay in your kitchens.
Ingredients: 1/2 pound fresh strawberries
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pint vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup milk
Method: Cut the tops off the strawberries and slice them into small pieces.In a medium bowl, combine the sliced strawberries, sugar, and vanilla extract and stir to combine well. Set aside and allow to sit for at least 20 minutes. Place the strawberries with ice cream, and milk in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into large glasses and serve chilled.
6) PEANUT BUTTER SMOOTHIE
Packed with protein, this peanut butter smoothie is sure to keep energy levels up.
Ingredients: 2 bananas, broken into chunks
2 cups milk ½ cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons honey
2 cups ice cubes
Method: Place bananas, milk, peanut butter, honey, and ice cubes in a blender; blend until smooth, about 30 seconds. Voila, your peanut butter smoothie is ready!
Do you have any recipe ideas for summer? Let us know in the comments!