Mother Nature has in her benevolence given us many natural coolants. And what’s more they can be mixed and matched to give you an array of coolers that you can enjoy through the entire summer season. When you go shopping carry a list that has some of the foods that act as coolants. Here is a list of food that helps you stay cool:
Nutritionists recommend yogurt, coconut water and sugarcane juice during summers. Buttermilk and lemon juice are couple of other drinks that help cool the body and increase immunity levels.
#Coconut water: Due to sweating, water and many essential minerals are lost from the body which can make you feel tired and sluggish. Here is where the coconut water comes to the rescue, since it is packed with simple sugars, electrolytes and minerals that replenish hydration levels. Research suggests that coconut water also has anti-ageing and anti-cancer properties.
#Sugarcane juice: Sugarcane juice is especially recommended to those who exercise during summers. Since it contains only natural sugars and high levels of carbohydrates and proteins, it not only cools the body but also energises it. Research says that sugarcane is also beneficial for the functioning of the kidneys, heart and the brain.
#Mango Milkshake: With every mango you eat, drink a glassful of milk. Mango has sugars but no protein. Milk has the latter but not the former. So why not combine them, yeah, a mango milkshake is the right drink to give your body the best nourishment for the summer.
Cooling fruits and vegetables:
Fruits that have high water content and are rich in essential nutrients and antioxidants help in staying cool during the summers.
Mango, the king of fruits which is also a summer special, is considered excellent to beat the heat. Eating raw mango prevents sunstrokes and summer typhoid. Since it contains natural sugar and also prevents constipation, it is highly recommended. Everyone loves the juicy king of the fruits but do you also know that they are enriched with vitamin A that is good for eyesight and also improves formation of healthy epithelium so that you keep away common infections? Now you know.
Enjoy the ripe ones as dessert. Pickle the raw ones and better still boil a few raw mangoes, dilute the pulp with aqua, add a pinch or two of roasted cumin powder and black salt to make delicious panna. Cool yourself down with a glass of chilled panna which will give the colas a run for their money.
Watermelon and muskmelon:
These sometimes take the back seat as mangoes dominate the fruit basket. But if you make it a point to bring home the melons, rest assured, they get polished off in no time. Watermelons and muskmelons are moisture rich fruits that are a boon in the summer especially when someone wants to keep the stomach light. Add them in salads - sweet and savoury - make their juice or bring them in your dessert – all is fair.
It is the time to bring home the pethas, laukis and tindas. They are fresh produce with high water content and if made the right way, make lunch and dinner substantial with curd and chapattis.
Having a cucumber is like sipping a glass of chilled water. It is refreshing and cooling. Rich in potassium and sodium, cucumbers are a boon when the weather gets dehydrating. Have them in a sandwich for breakfast, have them cut as batons for mid morning munchies, have them in the raita for lunch…apply some cucumber juice on your face as a natural bleach and toner, place slices of it on your eyes to provide coolness. Cucumber is a perfect summer food.
Besides their delicious taste, citrus fruits can help in keeping you healthy and looking younger. Citrus is considered excellent for maintaining a healthy skin due to its wide array of phytonutrients that function as antioxidants, including flavanones, anthocyanins, polyphenols and vitamin C. Citrus is also considered to be especially important in digestion as it helps in the breaking down of rich and fatty foods. Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruit and sweet lime should be incorporated into the daily diet.
Oranges and lemons are not costing a penny anymore. Lemons are precious commodity in the summer. They are treasure troves of vitamin C and a must in every home. Either have lemonade or use the juice in your dal and veggies. But lemons are something that takes away the brunt of the summer heat.