Everyone is always experimenting with their daily diet either by the motive of losing or gaining weight but what most people tend to overshadow is their granny’s simple principle of eating fresh and seasonal produce. In our abundant lifestyle problems, balancing our body’s temperature according to the season should be a prime one. Especially with the scorching summer heat,it is important to keep our body well hydrated not only with water or fluids but also with food that are high in water content and cools the body to keep us going. Below we have listed some food to keep which can help you beat the summer heat.
Cucumbers are super healthy and can eaten as a snack or salad. One cup of cucumbers contain only 16 calories. They’re rich in micro-nutrients and antioxidants. Cucumbers are 95% of water so they help you reach your daily recommended liquid intake. You can enjoy cucumbers in various ways such as fermented pickle,salad or in vegetable juices.
Pumpkin also called ‘kashifal’ is a plump, nutritious orange vegetable and a highly nutrient dense food. It is low in calories but rich in vitamins and minerals, all of which are also in its seeds, leaves, and juices that stimulate hydration in our body and has a cooling effect. Pumpkin needs too much light, nourishment, good weather during the blossom period as well as insect free surroundings to grow well. The presence of vitamin A which is there in a lot of vegetable which have orange color, can help in the betterment of your eyesight or prevent it from getting worse. You can make a lot of delicious recipes out of it like pumpkin curry, pumpkin soup and the most trendy pumpkin spice lattes.
Sattu is a flour made from ground bengal gram and is quite poopular in Bihar,Jharkhand,West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. One of the easiest uses of sattu is to make a sharbat (sweet or salty). According to doctors, this drink protects the body against sunstroke. Made with sattu, onion, lemon juice, black salt, cumin powder, chaat masala and water this drink has a tangy and spicy taste. For making the sweet version, take a glass of milk, add two tablespoon sattu powder, one teaspoon sugar or jaggery and mix well. Have it as a complete breakfast drink. Sattu has natural cooling properties that keeps you cool from within. It’s very versatile and phenomenal being neutral in taste and generally blends with any dish and nullifies it’s taste.
Oranges are rich in Vitamin C and provides the body wholesome of antioxidant. You can have them raw,blend it out, make a juice out of it,add it in your fruit salad or use it in your diy face masks. Presence of juicy pulp in the fruit makes them a great thirst quencher and keeps the body hydrated.
Curd is a dairy product obtained by coagulating milk and is rich in lactic acid. It is a good source of probiotics,that means it has real good bacteria presence. Curd is generally consumed cold and could be consumed in the form lassi or buttermilk (chaach),they’re chilly and can be accompanied with your lunch.
Coconut water is the clear liquid inside coconut yields. It is low in calories and contains natural enzymes,minerals and electrolytes which makes it a super drink. You can have it in any time of the day. Coconut water is 95% of water and has been traditionally known to treat dehydration. It can be used as natural sports drink too due to the presence of electrolytes in it. Moreover coconut water also benefits your immune system when consumed on a regular basis.
Mint or mentha(pudina) belongs to the Lamiaceae family, which contains around 15 to 20 plant species, including peppermint and spearmint. These plants are particularly known for the cooling sensation they impart. They can be added to foods in both fresh and dried forms. It smoothens bowel syndromes and relieves indigestion. You might be aware of “Pudina Hara tablet” which is popularly given when some has acid reflux or excessive bloating. So instead of just making mint a part of your mijitos , chew on 4-5 leaves after your meal for better digestion.