When summer heat takes its toll, there’s nothing like a cool, refreshing drink and water is definitely the best of them all. But adding certain ingredients in your glass of water can make it taste better and also help you shed some pounds.
- Apple cider vinegar: The right mix of stevia, ginger, lemon and apple cider vinegar in water tastes great, refreshes and also helps trim body fat. This delicious drink reduces your blood sugar levels and prevents your body from storing fat.
- Lemon: Adding some slices of lemon in drinking water reduces sugar cravings. It is also a good addition to summer veggie juices, smoothies, and green or black tea.
- Lime: Lime is a great ingredient in any summer drink as it strengthens your immune system and detoxifies and cleans your body. It is virtually sugar and calorie free.
- Watermelon: This fruit can be added to smoothies, juices and simple ice water to make a refreshing summer drink. It reduces the risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease and is good for your waistline.
- Unsweetened almond milk: Being low in fat and with only 30 calories in each cup, this drink is a good alternative to dairy milk in summer. It has no soy, sugar, lactose, carbs or gluten.
- Stevia: This is a good choice for those who do not like plain, unsweetened drinks. It is sweeter than sugar and can be added to tea, coffee or cocktails.
- Nonfat plain kefir: This contains more slimming probiotics than plain yogurt. It is fat free but not calorie free, so take care to limit intake.
- Clean protein powder: Adding this in your drink after a workout sessions would help you build lean muscles and shed fat more quickly.
- Kiwi: Kiwi is loaded with vitamin C and the antioxidants in it fight ageing, keep cholesterol under control and reduce levels of stress hormones. It is low in calories and high in fiber and tastes good in smoothies, juices and water.
- Grapefruit: Rich in vitamins, antioxidants, fiber and lycopene, grapefruit detoxifies the body and helps weight loss. As it makes you feel full, you won’t end up overeating.
Avoid fizzy drinks and colas. Use your imagination to whip up interesting combinations of healthy ingredients and stay cool this summer!