Summer is an excruciating time when you do not feel hungry because of the extreme heat. What do you do? Obviously, you cannot starve. But how do you counter the energy being drained out, the dehydration and what are the ways to beat the heat? The body requires more coolants to stable the energy levels.
The only upside of summer is fresh produce – more fresh fruits and vegetables. The body can benefit in more ways than one with consuming fresh local produce and gallons of water to keep the body hydrated and supple.
Some of the cheaply and easily available cooling foods are –
- Curd – just eat it. Or make buttermilk, lassi , desserts and dips or add it to fruits and salads.
- Coconut water- the health benefits of tender coconut water are many.
- Watermelon – another wonder fruit rich in antioxidants but just avoiding consuming the cut ones outside.
- Cucumber – this low cost miracle food keeps constipation away besides staying cool.
- Mint – this easily available and inexpensive herb is refreshing and appetising in the form of dips, chutneys, crushed in lemonade though it helps little in bringing down the temperature.
- Green leafies – have a lot of green leafies in summer because of its high water content. Just avoid overcooking them.
- Onions – this amazing vegetable has super cooling powers and protects from sunstroke. Have it in curries, dips, raitas, salads and chutneys.
- Melons – a fruit which is 90 percent water can’t be a better food in summer to stay hydrated and cool.
- Lime water- with sugar, salt/black salt and a pinch of roasted cumin, lime water is one of the coolest ways to stay refreshed this summer.
- Ice creams – Summer and ice-creams go hand in hand. Add some fresh fruit to make them a dash healthier and appetising.
Eat a lot of fresh sweet corn and tomatoes as they protect from sunburn, antioxidant rich blueberries, iced caffeinated coffee to reduce skin cancer risk, healthy slimming tart cherries, fibre rich raspberries and flavonoid rich iced tea.
One should avoid heavy strenuous activity and foods like honey, molasses, caffeine, carbonated drinks, alcohol, processed fruit juices, dry fruits, and heat-releasing vegetables like spinach, radish, hot peppers, garlic, beetroot, pineapple, grapefruit and ripe mangoes (if you must, soak them overnight in water). One should try to cut down on deep-fried snacks and salty food.
With a little bit of sunscreen and a ton of cool foods to choose from and gallons of water, it is going to be a cool summer.