Did you know what you drink is as important as what you eat?
A lot of women are lovers of sugary, carbonated drinks that cause more harm than good in the system.
Water is still the best drink in the world, but there are other drinks you can prepare from the comfort of your home at no cost that will be beneficial to your health.
Here are five of them.
1.Honey Ginger Drink
Ginger Drink makes for a great refreshing drink anytime. Ginger as a root comes with so much benefits such as helping to prevent nausea in pregnant women and those that suffer from motion sickness. It also helps to reduce muscle and arthritic inflammation, improving blood circulation.
1. 2 cups of water
2. 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger root
3. 2 teaspoons of honey
4. Lemon juice (Optional)
1. Put the freshly grated ginger in a sauce pan. Add 2 cups of water and boil for 5-7 minutes.
2. Pour the tea into a mug, add 2 teaspoon honey (or less, depending on how sweet you want it to be).
3. Add Lemon juice. Stir and enjoy your cup of healthy tea.
2. Zobo Drink
Zobo, a drink loved by Nigerians has many advantages: affordable, tasty, refreshing and healthy benefits.
Zobo is not only refreshing, but it can also be used to regulate blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, strengthen blood vessels, calm the nerves, reduce stress, for weight loss, and to improve sex drive.
- 2 cups of dry Zobo leaves
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 big piece of ginger
- 1 big very ripe pineapple (or any fruit of your choice)
1.Wash the zobo leaves thoroughly in cold water, don’t worry about washing the color away
2.Wash, peel and cut the pineapple into thin slices (or any other fruit you may have chosen)
3.Wash, peel and cut the ginger and garlic into tiny pieces.
4.Put the washed zobo leaves into a deep pot
5.Add the pineapples (or other fruit) and pour enough water into the pot.
6.Start cooking at medium to high heat and let it boil for 5 minutes.
7.Add the ginger and the garlic, and more water. Keep boiling for at least 30 minutes to soften the zobo leaves.
8.Turn off the heat and set aside to cool down completely.
9.When cool, sieve the juice from the pineapples and zobo leaves.
10.Then pour the juice through a clean chiffon cloth to remove the tiniest particles.
11. Add any artificial flavours of your choice, including sugar, and stir.
12. Pour into bottles and refrigerate.
13.Serve cold. You may garnish with cucumber of lemon slices.
3. Sugarcane Drink
Sugarcane is wildly consumed because of its tasty juice. It might come as shock to many but, the sugarcane has quite a number of health benefits. It is very rich in antioxidants which helps boost the immune system and fight infections. It is also rich in iron, calcium, magnesium and other minerals which improve bone health, immunity and guards against dehydration.
- Lemon juice: 1 Tsp. (optional)
- Ginger ( optional)
- Water 1/4 cup
- Ice cube: 3-4 cubes
1.Wash the sugarcane and peel the hard outer layer of sugarcane using a knife.
2.Cut the peeled sugarcane into small cubes. Add sugarcane cubes and ginger in a mixie and grind it. Add little water and grind again. Drain the sugarcane extract in a glass(do the grinding part in batches).
3.Squeeze it with your hand and extract the juice(if you want you can add it again into the mixie jar and add water grind it one more time).
4.Extract the juice and serve with ice cubes and lemon juice.
4. Soy milk drink
Soy milk is a good source of plant protein with a well-balanced amino acid level and it is equally rich in essential fatty acids, amino acids like lysine and methionine, fibre, vitamins and minerals.
Here is how to make this wonderful nutrient loaded drink.
1. 1 cup Soya beans
2. Water (as much as you want)
3. Sugar or Honey (depending on what you want)
4. Flavour essence – Optional
1. Soak the soya bean seed in water overnight so that it becomes soft and easy to take off the skin.
2. Peel off the skin from the seeds. Rinse multiple times until the seeds come out clean just like you do when making Moi Moi.
3. Put the clean beans in a blender. Add some water and blend it.
4. Pour the grounded soya beans in a sieve to remove the milk from the chaff.
5. Pour the milk into a pot and boil. When it starts boiling, reduce the heat and stir continuously so that the milk doesn’t spill over the pot leaving the whole place messy.
6. Add the sugar or honey and the flavour essence of your choice. Stir a bit longer.
There you go. Soya milk is that easy to make and tasty.
Kunu is a non-alcoholic drink popular in northern Nigeria and mostly prepared by the Hausas.
It is made from a variety of grains but mainly from millet-popularly known as “jero”.
Some of its health benefits are prevention of heart diseases,lowers cholesterol level, helps digestive system, reduces risks of diabetes etc
Sweet potato (optional)
Ground Tiger nut or date for libido boost
1. Leave clean millet in chill water for the night. Сut very small cloves, ginger, and sweet potato.
2. Mix soaked millets, chopped ginger, tiger nuts, sweet potato and cloves, place into a blender and blend all the components together.
Divide the made mixture into 2 equal parts. You will need one part a bit later.
3.Add boiling water to one of the separated parts of the mixture and stir thoroughly. Chill the uncovered mixture.
4. Mix the two separated content back together again and stir. Add water until you have achieved the thickness of choice.
5. Sieve the entire content again to remove the chaff.
6.Sweeten to taste with sugar or dates. Refrigerate and serve chilled.