5 Homemade Weight-Loss Drinks

Updated on September 8, 2017

Dieting Does Not Mean Boring Drinks!

How do you lose weight and still get to drink those summer coolers? Here is a list of homemade weight loss drinks that will allow you to cool your palate and still stay on your calorie restricted diet.

These homemade drinks are easy to make if you have the right ingredients on hand. None of them take a long time to make and all of them are very healthy for you. They help you with your weight loss goals in summer.

Summer is a time when you want to drink cold drinks and most of the commercial drinks, including fruit juices are full of unwanted sugar and preservatives. With these homemade drinks you can avoid the pitfalls of extra calories and harmful preservatives while still cooling off with a refreshing drink.

1. Lemonade

The lemon is a rich source of vitamin C. It is good for cleansing the digestive track and is also effective for preventing a cold.

Plus this basic recipe can also be used as an Oral Rehydrating Drink much like the ORS packets you use when the body gets dehydrated during the summer months.

It is called Shikanji in Hindi. It is a very popular summer cooler.

Make sugar syrup
Make sugar syrup | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 2 min
Ready in: 7 min
Yields: Five servings


  • 2 lemons
  • 1 litre water
  • 1/4 cup sugar syrup
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  1. Cut the lemons and squeeze out the juice. Make sure that the juice is free of pulp and seeds.
  2. Add the chilled water to a jug and pour in the lemon juice.
  3. Add the salt and sugar syrup. (To make the sugar syrup add 1/2 cup sugar to 3/4 cup water and boil together till the sugar disolves.)

2. Tomato Yogurt Shake

The tomato is a fruit that has rich anti oxidant properties. It is also full of vitamin C and vitamin A. it has practically no fat but has dietary fibre.

Yogurt is rich in calcium and vitamin A. If you use the low fat yogurt made from toned and skimmed milk, all the better. It is a great way to get your dairy calcium if you are lactose intolerant and can't drink milk.

Fresh Raw Tomatoes
Fresh Raw Tomatoes | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 2 min

Cook time: 2 min

Ready in: 4 min

Yields: 2 servings


  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • salt to taste


  1. Blend the tomatoes after washing them in a blender.
  2. Add the yogurt and blend till smoothly mixed.
  3. Pour into a jug through a strainer and add as much water as you like to get the right consistency.
  4. Add the lemon juice and the salt to taste. Stir well. Serve cold.

3. Herbal Tea

Most nutritionists will ask you to drink herbal tea as part of your diet. You do not need to buy special packets or tea bags of herbal tea. It is very easy to make a herbal infusion with your regular tea.

Given here is an old family favorite for boosting immunity. It is called a Kadha. The tulsi leaves or Holy basil leaves have many curative properties, as do the pepper corns and cloves. The best part is that this drink can be had hot to soothe the throat in winters and cold to beat the heat in summers.

Cloves and pepper corns
Cloves and pepper corns | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 2 min

Cook time: 10 min Ready in: 12 min

Yields: 4 servings


  • 1 teaspoon regular tea
  • 5-6 leaves of Tulsi or Holy Basil
  • 4-5 pepper corns whole
  • 3-4 cloves whole
  • 1 liter water


  1. Boil the water along with the tea leaves, tulsi (holy basil)leaves, pepper corns and cloves.
  2. When it has boiled for ten minutes strain out the infusion and cool.

Note - The drink has a very strong taste and can be difficult to take. So add a spoon of honey to it and drink.

4. Fresh Fruit Smoothie

The smoothie is a cooling drink and is very flexible. There is no restriction on what fruit you can use in a smoothie, although it is better not to use highly citrus fruits.

Berries, melons and more fleshy fruits work best in a yogurt based smoothie.At times I have even used apples with melon and it has come out quite tasty. The fresh fruit smoothie is high in vitamins, anti oxidants and calcium.

Fiber power - fresh fruit
Fiber power - fresh fruit | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 2 min

Ready in: 7 min

Yields: Five servings


  • 1 cup of mixed fruits
  • 1 cup of yogurt
  • 1 cup of ice cubes


  1. Take the assorted fresh fruit that you would like to use in the smoothie and peel and prepare it.
  2. Now add the prepared fruit pulp to the blender along with the yogurt and the ice cubes.
  3. Blend till smooth, and serve immediately.

5. Cumin Curd Shake

Cumin seeds are used in a wide range of cuisine due to their health benefits. These include strengthening the immune system, helping the digestive function, preventing insomnia, and improving memory and overall mental functions.

The Cumin Curd Shake is commonly known as jeera lassi in India. It is a very popular drink in North India. It is said to be most effective as a body cooler if had on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.

A derivative of the drink called Butter Milk is popular in the south.Not that it actually has butter, but it is the liquid that is churned out when butter is made from curd. It is fat free and flavored with salt and cumin as well. It is supposed to work wonders for your digestion if had along with a meal.

Cumin seeds in my masala box - the one with the big spoon in it :) The one next to it with the spoon is the powdered cumin
Cumin seeds in my masala box - the one with the big spoon in it :) The one next to it with the spoon is the powdered cumin | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 2 min

Cook time: 2 min

Ready in: 4 min

Yields: 2 servings


  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin powder
  • 1/2 cup Curd
  • 1 glass water
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • salt to taste


  1. Add all the ingredients in the blender and give it a whirl!
  2. Serve cold.

Note - You can grind cumin seeds after roasting lightly to use in this recipe or you can get the cumin powder ready made.

If you are not on a diet you can also add a spoon of sugar to the lassi and it will taste even better. A spoon of roohafza has also been a successful taste changer!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 cashmere


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    • AvineshP profile image

      Avinesh Prahladi 

      6 years ago from Chandigarh

      Obesity is one of the modern day health problems and these are indeed some of the best weight loss drinks. It is neither too costly and can be followed easily while staying at home.

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from India

      Thank you Ratnaveera

    • ratnaveera profile image


      7 years ago from Cumbum

      Really interesting and informative Hub! This will certainly help the people who may like to reduce their over body weight. All the five simple recipes seem very good and easy to prepare. Thank you so much for writing this wonderful article. Voted Up!

    • vespawoolf profile image

      Vespa Woolf 

      7 years ago from Peru, South America

      These drinks sound delicious and healthy! How interesting that lemonade is boiled here. The tomato and yogurt drink intrigues me. We enjoy fresh fruit smoothies every morning. Thank you for sharing!

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from India

      Holy basil is the one with the darker shaded leaves. The regular basil leaves are green, holy basil leaves look almost black.

      In India we call holy basil Shyam tulsi after Krishna, who also had a similar blue-black color following the vanquishing of the serpent in the river.

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Except for the lemonaide and fruit smoothies, these other drinks would all be new to me. I'm not familiar with holy basil. Is it similar to the regular basil herb? The latter I have growing in our garden. I just may try the tomato and yogurt combination as I have both in the house. Thanks for these interesting sounding drink recipes.

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from India

      Thank you hope you tried some of them out.

    • Vegas Elias profile image

      Vegas Elias 

      8 years ago from Mumbai

      Very simple and practical suggestions here on your hub.

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from India

      Its fairly simple to make, hope it helps :)

    • LetitiaFT profile image


      8 years ago from Paris via California

      What interesting recipes, Cashmere. I think I could use a Kadha right now!


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