THIS SUMMER STAY COOL FROM WITHIN AS FOODS DO COMBAT SUMMER HEAT
Our summers started with a temperature of 41 degree Celsius. Really hot. Isn’t it? To beat this heat I tied a scarf on my face. No sooner I realized I am just trying external ways to beat the heat waves. Why not keep the body cool from within? Are there any foods which can help us fight the summer heat? I remember my mom used to say “to eat certain foods during summer, at that time I didn’t know the reason but today being a dietician I know it and I want to share it with others. Through this article let’s find out which are the foods that can combat summer heat and how?
Before coming to the actual concept I would like to discuss the term “ Dehydration” as it will be used very often in this article.
What is “Dehydration”?
Dehydration happens when our body doesn’t have as much water as it needs. It occurs when the amount of water leaving the body is higher than the amount being taken. In summers chances of dehydration are high due to hot and humid weather. Further, let’s come to the point about “ THE FOODS TO COMBAT SUMMER HEAT”
ENJOY YOUR SUMMER WITH THIS TASTY AND REFRESHING FRUIT.
Watermelon:- This Green and Red fruit is not only yummy but also one of the best food to fight dehydration in summers. Water- Melon the name itself has water in it. It contains about 90% water. Packed with essential minerals and vitamins watermelon is also low in kcal. One cup of watermelon contains about 46 Kcal. So people aiming for weight loss can include this fruit in their diet without any fear.?Eat your melon in the form of wedges, juices, smoothies, salads, lemonade, cooler.
DON’T FORGET TO SIP THIS NATURAL COOLER
Coconut Water:– Feeling scorching heat? Have a sip of Coconut water and I assure you won’t be disappointed. Coconut water is a natural cooler. It will quench your thirst and help you stay hydrated for the longer time. The best thing is it is low in kcal but high in minerals.
You can grab coconut water post workout because it contains natural sugars and electrolytes and so it provides instant energy.
What are you waiting for? Visit your nearest Coconut Vendor and have a sip of this natural cooler.
SAY NO TO AERATED DRINKS AND YES TO BUTTERMILK
Buttermilk:- Readily available buttermilk can be the best choice for summers. It contains electrolyte and water that will help you to rehydrate your body. Instead of aerated drinks include the 1-2 glass of buttermilk daily to combat the summer heat. The best time to have buttermilk is after a meal since it calms your stomach and also aids in digestion. Add jeera and mint leaves in your buttermilk.
THIS SUMMER CUCUMBER SALAD IS A MUST
Cucumber:- Cucumber is yet another food with high water content which fights dehydration. Doid you know cucumbers contain about 95% water? Another summer cooling food which also improves your digestion as people do complain about digestive problems in summer. Cucumbers can be taken in the form of Salads, Juices, Lemonade, detox drink, Soups.
GIVE YOUR TASTE BUD A TANGY TWIST THIS SUMMER WITH AAM PANNA
Aam Panna:- Aam Panna, a refreshing drink made from raw mango( also known as Kairi) is the perfect summer coolant and one of the healthiest and tastiest drink which not only satisfies your taste buds but also hydrates your body in summers. Aam Panna apart from fighting dehydration also fights indigestion.
BOOST YOUR HEALTH THIS SUMMER WITH THE BEST BODY COOLANT
Sabja Seeds:- Sabja seeds also known as ” Basil seeds”. Still not able to understand? Our very own falooda seeds! I guess now you got it right? Sabja seeds lower your body heat and are one of the best body coolants. Packed with minerals and vitamins these seeds contain fiber which aids in constipation. Add sabja seeds to your milkshakes, sherbets, yogurt, sprinkle on a fruit salad or kulfi, garnish in drinks and desserts.
COMBAT SUMMER HEAT WITH TRADITIONAL FOOD SATTU
Sattu Water:- Sattu ( roasted chana powder)… this traditional ingredient has excellent cooling properties. It is a powerhouse of essential amino acids.You can have sattu in water or can also take it in the form of sherbet or mix it with buttermilk.
TAKE THE JOY OF SUMMER WITH THE MOST COOLING FRUITS
Citrus Fruits:- Fruits like Oranges, peaches, lime, and lemon are one of the most cooling fruits. Due to their high Vit C, these fruits contain a lot of water and so summers is the best time to have them. Citrus fruits are also good for skin health due to it’s antioxidant and phytonutrients content.
Chilled Lemon water can be a perfect summer chiller to beat heat strokes
BEAT THE HEAT WITH KING OF FRUIT
Mango:- The only reason we wait for summer is to have mangoes. Don’t we? After all, it’s the season of “THE KING OF FRUITS”. To beat the summer heat you can have both ripe and unripe mangoes. Don’t forget to Energize yourself with this tasty and cooling fruit. You can eat sliced Mangoes as a snack, smoothies, aamras.
Get back to your childhood days with the freshness of mango this summer.
Note:- Be careful with the portion sizes while eating
Ice creams are cold so most us prefer to have ice creams to cool down. But do you know icecreams can actually interfere with body’s natural cooling mechanism? So instead of opting for high sugar drinks and ice creams, you can have the above-mentioned foods to beat the heat this summer. It will help you stay cool as well as healthy.
I guess we are forgetting something…Maybe you caught it right. Water, We can’t even survive without water. Water is needed in adequate amounts to stay hydrated in summer.
DRINK ENOUGH WATER THIS SUMMER
No matter whatever you have but “ paani ka kaam pani hi Karta hai”Foods do help to combat the summer heat. But how can we forget the most important thing “WATER”. Drink Enough water this summer. It is the best option to quench your thirst. Listen to your body’s requirement. We need to drink at least 2-3 liters of water daily. Tea, Coffee, Buttermilk, Soups etc also are counted in your water intake. Choose your liquids wisely opt for buttermilk, aam panna, Kokum sherbet, coconut water, nimbu paani instead of high sugar cold drinks.You can flavor your water by adding a slice of lime, lemon or fresh cucumber. Carry a bottle with you always especially in summers. Drink water as soon as you feel thirsty. You can set a reminder for water intake. Track your water intake.
We discussed what foods to have in summer and about water intake now coming to few don’ts.
LEARN TO SAY NO.
- Avoid Carbonated beverages, alcohol and high sugary drinks.
- Avoid Tea and Coffee.
- Avoid Sugary and fried foods.
- Reduce the intake of hot, spicy and oily foods.
BOTTOM LINE:- Foods do combat summer heat it’s just we need to choose the right ones.
TAKE HOME MESSAGE:- Summers come and go every year. Rather than complaining about the heat we should learn how to beat this heat in a natural way.Learn to keep your body cool from within…
Let’s say it together
No worries You switch on your mode. We will change our settings to “Healthy summer foods” and our foods will combat your heat
-Ayesha Ghadigaonkar( Food and Nutrition Blogger)