Imagine a hot summer evening, when you’re happily sipping on your favourite milkshake or a chilled fizzy beverage. Your parent, who suffers from diabetes, comes to you and tells you that they’re thirsty, and would like you to make them a cold drink that they can enjoy to beat the heat.
What do you do? You can’t offer them your beverage, as it contains sugar. That’s when you wonder, what options are there for diabetics to beat the summer heat?
Don’t worry. We’re here to help. We’ve curated a list of 7 summer drinks that diabetics can enjoy tension-free and feel refreshed.
Milk is a great nutritional drink for diabetics, rich in calcium and vitamin D. It’s better to consume low-fat milk or skimmed milk, as it contains fewer calories than normal milk. Having said that, full-fat milk is not a bad option, provided you monitor your portion size. Cold milk without any additives is the perfect drink for diabetics to relish on a warm day, without any side-effects from the sugary drinks people usually like to sip when it gets hot.
Black tea helps to maintain blood pressure in the body while improving insulin sensitivity. These benefits are lost when milk is added to the tea. Hot black tea is also a great option, but warmer drinks are not the preferred choice when the temperatures outside are high. It’s recommended to monitor the sugar level in your iced tea, depending on your allowed dosage. It’s better to use sugar-free, or not mix any sugar at all. The sugarless beverage is equally refreshing.
Jaljeera is the perfect drink to beat the summer heat. Made with jaljeera powder, mint, pepper, cumin, and ginger, the beverage is diabetic friendly as it does not involve the use of any sugar.
In addition, it provides various health benefits, such as improved digestion, and a metabolism boost. Which means even non-diabetics can enjoy its pleasures, especially during the summer months.
Chhaas is a drink widely popular in North India as well as South India. An extremely healthy drink, it’s great for the stomach and aids in the digestion process. In addition, it also helps feel refreshed during the summers, whether the weather is dry or humid.
Made with yogurt, cumin powder, mint leaves, and water, buttermilk is diabetic friendly and can be enjoyed by everyone. The perfect drink to have over a conversation with the family!
It’s very important to think about the amount of sugar in the beverages you consume if you’re a diabetic. And if the drink provides additional health benefits, nothing like it. Coconut water helps decrease blood sugar levels and improves insulin sensitivity, due to the presence of magnesium.
If it were up to us. We’d ditch all other drinks available on the market and switch to coconut water to quench our thirst all summer.
Iced Green Tea
Green tea is a great choice for diabetics. With no carbs and no calories, it doesn’t impact the blood sugar levels. In fact, it helps metabolise sugar better, making it a great drink if you’re suffering from this chronic condition.
It’s usually recommended to have hot green tea to reap all the benefits, but with the scorching heat and the soaring temperatures, it’s okay if you want to switch to the cooler version of this beneficial drink.
Having a Jamun smoothie for your diabetes is something you wouldn’t have heard too often we’re guessing. The fruit contains an enzyme called Jambolene, that helps control the excessive rise of sugar in the body by utilising glucose.
You can blend in some milk or curd to make a smoothie. But make sure to add in a substitute for sugar that you’re permitted to have. You can also skip the sugar entirely and it will still taste great. A unique drink to try out this summer that could well become your new favourite.
Being diabetic means taking extra care of yourself. But that shouldn’t deter you from indulging in refreshments while seeking respite from the heat. Try out these great beverages this summer season and let us know your thoughts on the same.
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Priyanko Sarkar is the Founder Editor of Gurgl.in. He has been a writer for over 15 years and this site is his attempt to document India's growing beverage sector with impactful and interesting stories. His favourite drink is Vietnamese Coffee and his favourite spirit is Turkish Raki.