Summer hits and you’re ready to travel to that summer spot with your friends, family or special someone. Your summer plans need foods, but what is summer without a couple of summer drinks that will quench your thirst and still provide you with nutrients that you will need all summer long. Try one of these Paleo diet approved drinks and you’re sure to have an unforgettable summer.
Who doesn’t want a cool and refreshing summer drink in the summer heat? It’s not just the beach, the getaways, and the events that we look forward to every summer, but also the food and the drink. Without a refreshing drink, it just won’t feel quite like summer. And since we want drinks, that fit best into the tropical feel of summer, tropical fruits are top of our lists. Here we feature two drinks that aren’t only cool but healthy at the same time and contain ingredients that are on any Paleo diet food list.
Getting fruits for summer drinks is perfect and is definitely a Paleo and Caveman diet approved way of getting hydrated. Two of the best fruits you can get for your Paleo summer drinks are pineapple and watermelon. Both don’t just offer the feeling of being refreshed these fruits are also both super healthy. Did you know that both are believed to have originated from South or tropical Africa?
Though there are several countries that now grow both fruits locally and export quality pineapples and watermelons overseas, both are known to have grown wildly in Africa. Because of the people who settled and traded in Africa, these fruits were discovered and brought to different countries. These fruits were then successfully cultivated in other countries such as the Philippines, Hawaii, China, USA, and Peru to name a few.
Thirsty? Try This Pineapple Drink!
The fruit that seems to have many “eyes” and has even earned a place in folklore in the Philippines is the pineapple. This fruit is packed with nutrients and health benefits that it has also earned its rightful place as one of the most recognized healthy fruits. Here is a cool drink made from this amazing fruit!
1 Cup (240 ml) Fresh Pineapple Juice (If you cannot get hold of Fresh Pineapple Juice, Canned Juice is fine as long as it DOES NOT CONTAIN SUGAR)
1 Cup (240 ml) Coconut Milk
½ Lime – Juice Only
1 Banana – Sliced
Some Ice Cubes
The sour but satisfying taste of pineapple can leave your body feeling energized. But it’s not just the refreshing factor of pineapple that makes it special. Pineapple brings a lot of other health benefits for your body and here are just a few of the best health benefits you can enjoy:
This is a benefit that a lot of people would normally look for when talking about healthy living. The risk of cancer increases and prevention is the best way of battling it since there is still no known cancer cure. The Vitamin C present in pineapple is a potent antioxidant, which fortifies the body’s defenses against cancer. This vitamin helps the body to get rid of toxins and fight off cancer cells. Pineapple is also rich in Vitamin A, which gives out another antioxidant, beta-carotene that can also prevent cancer.
One enzyme active in pineapples is bromelain, and this is an effective enzyme that promotes healing of wounds and prevents inflammation. This enzyme helps the body get rid of damaged cells, which can lead to the acceleration of the body’s recovery from a wound. Bromelain can also reduce swelling and pain by reducing clotting of blood, promoting better flow of blood and the body’s healing cells to the inflamed or wounded area of the body.
The enzyme bromelain plus the antioxidants from Vitamins A and C fortify the body’s immune system. Whilst reducing toxins in the cells, the growth of healthier cells is also promoted. This helps the immune system keep the body from the simplest case of colds to more serious diseases such as cancer as mentioned above. The vitamins and minerals in pineapple are not just good at keeping the body protected against diseases, but also promotes fertility for both men and women.
Pineapple, just like most fruits, contains dietary fibers. These fibers are responsible for detoxifying or sweeping away harmful toxins and chemicals as well as fat deposits from the gut. The fiber aids the tummy’s digestion, reducing constipation or bloating you might experience when you eat. Besides fiber, the bromelain (again) helps in aiding the body’s digestive system and is also known to be used in reducing inflammation caused by bowel conditions.
The Vitamin A in pineapple, which produces beta-carotene helps the body maintain good eyesight, whilst Vitamin C helps prevent the development of cataracts on the eyes. Pineapple is also high in manganese, a useful mineral, which helps in calcium absorption, bone, and connective tissue development.
If your taste buds are not inclined to sour types of juices, then drinking something with watermelon in it will prove a better option. Watermelons are often sweet but some may not have much taste at all. However, eating this fruit can be somewhat satisfying and can quench your thirst easily. So it is not surprising that a lot of people choose to have this fruit as part of their summer meal plans. This next juice recipe can be a better way of enjoying this summer fruit staple.
1 ½ Cups (300 g) Watermelon – Chopped
1 Lime – Juice Only
1 Teaspoon (5 ml) Honey (Organic variety if possible)
¼ Cup (60 g) Ice Cubes or Crushed Ice
Let’s Make Watermelon Frappe With Lime:
Though watermelons do not have a strong taste like pineapple, its health benefits are definitely on a par with it. Watermelon has its share of being undermined because of its somewhat bland taste, but several studies carried out have proven that this fruit is a no-nonsense fruit (and part veggie) after all.
Feeling sore after working out? Eat watermelon or make the recipe above. Want to keep your kidneys in top shape and reduce fat accumulation in them? Get a slice of that watermelon. Citrulline can reduce muscle pain as well as block the activity of fat cells from producing more fat in the liver. Citrulline helps promote better circulation of blood in the muscles, which reduces any soreness.
Lycopene is a strong antioxidant known to be effective even against the risks of cancer. Watermelon, though not so obvious, contains a high amount of lycopene, even higher than the lycopene content of tomatoes. Getting watermelon in your diet can help your body reduce the risks of getting cancer. Lycopene is also effective in getting rid of stored fat and helps you shed some kilos. Besides lycopene, watermelon also contains Vitamin C, which is also an antioxidant that can help in healing wounds and keeps the immune system functioning well.
Since the majority of a watermelon is made up of water, you can expert its hydrating effect on your body. This can help especially during the hottest days of summer. Watermelon is also full of dietary fiber which helps flush out toxins and fats while keeping your tummy healthy and helping your body feel fuller for longer. This means you don’t just get enough water, you also lose a little weight when you have watermelon on you summer Paleo food list.
It’s not just cancer that lycopene prevents, it is also effective in keeping the heart health at its best. Watermelon also helps in keeping the blood vessels from tightening which can cause heart attacks. The reduction of body fat also helps the cardiovascular system function better. The potassium in watermelon also helps in the regulation of muscle and nerve functions in the body.
Water means moisture and this is what your body benefits from the most through all the water you get from watermelon. Your skin and hair can burn from the heat, which makes the skin dry and the hair brittle. But water can be boring and when you apply too much moisturizing cream onto your hair and skin it isn’t ideal. Eating or drinking watermelon juice regularly by making the recipe above, can make it more fun and safer to be hydrated.
Getting these multiple health perks of eating equally delicious fruits makes summer the best time of the year. Enjoy the heat and stay hydrated with these summer drinks that are Paleo diet approved and totally refreshing. So when water is not enough, have a sip of these great summer Paleo recipes and you’re sure to love summer even more.