20 May 2022 | 4 min Read
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Now that the summer is already here, we are sure that you are wishing you were in some cool mountain and away from the sultry and scorching heat.
How about trying some cool iron-rich drinks that can be refreshing in the summer heat? Iron plays a vital role in the proper functioning of haemoglobin, a protein needed to transport oxygen in the blood. It also helps to preserve several functions in the body, including general energy and focus, gastrointestinal processes, the immune system, and the regulation of body temperature.
As per the National Family Health Survey, almost half of the population in India suffer from iron deficiency. This means that there is not enough haemoglobin production in their bodies.
For women, it is a more serious cause of concern because while they menstruate, they lose many significant red blood cells. This is why it is important to load up on iron.
Here are some of the refreshing iron-rich drinks that you can try these summer holidays.
Some of the refreshing iron-rich drinks that you can try these summer holidays are:
An iron-rich ingredient, halim drink is an easy and tasty way to get an adequate amount of iron using garden cress seeds or ‘halim’.
It is packed with iron, folic acid, vitamin C, A, and E, fibre, calcium and protein.
Beetroot juice is packed with lots of essential nutrients including folate, manganese, potassium, iron, betaine and vitamin C.
Beetroot juice helps to remove toxins from the liver and optimises our red cells utilisation of oxygen.
Spinach and mint juice is not only refreshing but also a great source of iron. This bright green-hued drink is usually consumed early in the morning.
A good source of iron and various other nutrients like vitamin A and C, this drink also aids weight loss.
Prune juice is made from dried plums, or prunes that contain nutrients that contribute to good health. A good source of energy, prunes don’t cause a rapid hike in blood sugar levels.
Half cup of prune juice contains three mg or 17 per cent iron.
You can mix chopped bottle gourd and spinach to make a veggie blend juice. Rich in iron, vitamin C and fibre, it has a balanced flavour and great texture.
A refreshing drink to try these summer holidays for sure.
Flaxseeds and sesame are a powerhouse of iron, fibre, antioxidants, protein and what not!
Just take a blender, add some milk and honey, throw in some flax seeds and sesame seeds to blend until you get the desired consistency.
Pumpkin is a treasure trove of antioxidants and minerals and does wonders for your health.
Not just the fruit, studies show that even pumpkin seeds are one of the best sources of iron.
You can eat pumpkin seeds for snacks or just have them in your smoothie bowl.
Pea protein powder is loaded with iron than other protein powders like whey.
Pea protein can also be enjoyed in shakes or smoothies. For extra iron, you can use it in drinks alongside other ingredients that provide iron.
In addition to iron, this smoothie is also rich in protein, healthy fats, and fibre, vitamins and minerals like potassium and vitamin C.
Mulberries are enriched with vitamin C and iron. At the same time, the vitamin C content in blueberries helps absorb iron from other food sources.
For making a mulberry smoothie, you can simply combine mulberries, bananas, milk, oats, chia seeds, and Greek yoghurt and blend them.
The spinach, cashew, raspberry, and coconut smoothie is a delicious way to increase your daily iron intake.
These are also rich in non-heme iron which is also known as plant-based iron.
Plus, these iron-rich drinks listed above will be a delight for your taste buds, especially in the summer.
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