Healthy Guilt-Free Drinks – Part 1

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Looking for a Healthy Guilt-free Drink to refresh you on a Sunny day.

Heard of Zobo Drink?

Zobo drink is a refreshing bright-red drink produced from dried Roselle leaves, (Hibiscus sabdariffa). It is also known by other names such as Solobo, Sorrel, Bissap and Red Hibiscus. It is easy to prepare and is enjoyed by adults and kids alike.
I like the homemade version, in that way, am sure it doesn’t contain artificial ingredients that will reduce the natural essence and nutritional value of this great drink.
Zobo has a tangy taste and can be taken with or without a sweetener. It is affordable and offers a healthier replacement to sugary fizzy drinks. When chilled, it soothes the body system and quenches thirst on a hot sunny day. More importantly, Zobo drink is nutrient dense – rich in Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Phosphorous, Niacin, Riboflavin, Thiamine, Carotene e.t.c.

10 Reasons to Try Zobo Drink

  1. Boosts Appetite – Zobo juice is a good appetite stimulant, thanks to the many minerals and vitamins it contains. This drink is particularly good when recovering from flu or from malaria.
  2. Good for your kidney – Some research works have reports uricosuric effect of Zobo leaves, which means that it can prevent the formation of uric acid crystals in the kidney
  3. Deal with High Blood Pressure – It has Anti-inflammatory properties (good for your heart) and also diuretic effects (causing urination). These properties are responsible for its blood pressure lowering effect.
  4. Lowers Cholesterol Levels – It contains Niacin (hypolidemic) and Anti-oxidants which play a huge role in lowering the levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL) and increases the ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL).
  5. Help with Bowel Movement – Zobo has high fibre content so it improves digestion and improves bowel movement. You may sieve the boiled zobo leaves with ‘not-so-tight’ sieve so as to drink in more fibre as this may help with constipation.
  6. Ideal for Weight Loss – Zobo juice is a low – fat, low – carb drink. Drinking this low-calorie drink, unsweetened will hydrate you, keep you full, and will not spike your blood sugar levels. If you must sweeten it, try adding ripe fruit juices or dates, but not sugar or artificial sweeteners. Cinnamon also imparts kinda sweet taste and flavor to zobo juice, try it!
  7. Prevent Cancer – Foods and natural drinks rich in anti-oxidants can help to prevent cancer because they supply scavengers that mop up free radicals which are implicated in several cancers and neuro-degenerative diseases.
  8. Enhances Immune System – Supplies nutrients the body needs to function properly and fight germs. Zobo drink contains vitamin C and B3, helpful in the fight against diseases. These vitamins and other minerals improve overall health by boosting the immune system. Also drinking adequate quantity of the juice periodically helps to flush out excess fluids and toxins from the body.
  9. Good to Maintain Healthy Eyes – Carotene converts into vitamin A or retinol which useful to keep our eyes healthy and even enhances good vision.
  10. Boosts Energy – Zobo drink can be used as a pre-workout juice as it contain energy – bursting vitamin – Riboflavin (Vitamin B2).
When iced, the drink is known to satiate thirst quite effectively. It is preferred to artificially made commercial sport and energy drinks for the physically active.
Note: Some people have allergic reactions to juice from Hibiscus including Zobo

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My Recipe for Zobo Drink
  • Dry zobo leaves
  • Cloves (konafuru) (Optional)
  • Ginger (Optional)
  • Cinnamon (Optional)
  • Water
  • Ripe pineapple (Optional)
  • Lemon Juice (Optional)
  • Rinse out the dust and dirts from the zobo leaves with cold water.
  • Pound the cloves a bit or add to mill in a blender
  • Wash and peel the skin of the ginger and blend roughly.
  • Wash, peel and cut the pineapple into thin slices.
  • Put the washed zobo leaves, cinnamon sticks and the pineapple peels into the pot and add enough water to cover it up.
  • Leave to boil for a 10 minutes.
  • Add the ginger and the garlic, add more water and keep boiling for at least 20 minutes more. (By this time, the zobo leaves would have been very tender)
  • Turn off the heat and set aside to cool down completely.
  • Blend the fleshy part of the pineapples while the zobo cools.pineapple and zobo
  • Once the zobo leaves have cooled, sieve out the leaves.
  • Then pour the juice through a chiffon cloth to remove tiny particles and leave only a smooth juice.
  • Add the pineapple juice and queezed out lemon juice into the zobo, turn and squeeze the pineapple chunks if any.
  • Sieve again through the chiffon cloth.
  • Add any artificial flavours and stir (optional)
  • Pour into bottles and refrigerate.
  • Serve with ice and sliced fruits.

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