Turn Down the Heat
It is that time of the year again when the summer sun shines bright in the sky and makes us feel more and more drained and dehydrated, every passing hour. This is where mother nature comes to our rescue – by giving us a range of vegetables and fruits that are high in water content, naturally cooling and easy on the digestive system. Take your pick from the options we have chosen, and make it an easy breezy summer!
Watermelon: This popular summer fruit comprises of over 90% of water. A few slices of watermelon a day keeps the heat away – and gives you loads of antioxidants and dietary fibre.
Lime: How could summer be complete, without a glass of cold lime juice? This beverage keeps you hydrated and refreshed, aids in digestion and gives you a good dose of Vitamin C to strengthen your immune system.
Coconut Water: Coconut water is rich in electrolytes, which helps to refresh and recharge your body and reduces blood pressure. This is definitely an ideal choice over artificial-flavored aerated drinks.
Cucumber: Probably the coolest veggies amongst all, cucumbers are a must-have in summer. Their high water content helps hydrate your system and flush out toxins, while the anti-inflammatory properties boost your immune system.
Pumpkin: Unlike in the West, where they make a prominent appearance during fall, pumpkins are a popular summer vegetable in India. Adding a pumpkin curry or roast to your regular diet can prevent digestive problems, and keep you cool in rising temps.
Bottle Gourd: Given their high levels of water content and Vitamins A and C, bottle gourds will help you stay healthy and fit throughout summer. Incorporate this vegetable into a soup or a curry, and you’ll get all the minerals and nutrients you need to conquer the heat.
Spinach: Use it in a wrap or sandwich, salad or side dish – this leafy green vegetable is known to reduce inflammation and clean your system of toxins. Considering the high water levels within, it ticks all the right boxes.
Yoghurt or Curd: This pro-biotic coolant is an Indian dietary staple – and no meal is complete without it. This calcium-rich dairy food also keeps your bones healthy and your stomach at ease. It’s delicious too!
Mint: Chop ‘em up and toss them in a salad, drink or your daily tea – mint leaves will refresh your body (and tongue) and help maintain your body’s internal temperature during those scorching summer afternoons.
Give your body the natural ability to keep it cool and refreshed from the inside, this summer!