Did you know that certain fruits and vegetables can naturally help to keep you cool in the hot summer months? Here are seven RM-approved foods you will want to put on your shopping list for when the temperatures start to rise.
Cucumbers are 95% water and contain essential nutrients like vitamin E, which can soothe the skin from sunburns. Snack on them as a salad or blend them into a juice with ginger and some lemon to help you stay cool in the summer.
Spinach, kale, and lettuce contain high amounts of potassium, which is a mineral and an electrolyte. Make a summertime salad with dark leafy greens to help you beat the heat with every bite.
Celery contains a welcome dose of some important vitamins and minerals. It’s also made of 95% water, helping you stay hydrated and refreshed for the day ahead. You can munch on it raw or add it to your favorite smoothie for added flavor.
Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries are alkaline foods that help to create a cooling effect on the body. They are also rich in powerful antioxidants that fight off free radicals that can damage skin due to sun exposure. Eat them on their own or make an infused water to sip on.
This citrus boosts the immune system, makes your skin glow, and adds a healthy dose of vitamin C to your diet. Add it to plain water or add a dash of lemon to your juices and salads to hydrate and cool your body.
Mint is the perfect summertime herb because it aids digestion without raising body heat. It also relieves nausea and headaches and eases depression and fatigue. Making unsweetened iced tea with peppermint and spearmint leaves can help reduce body temperature.
Zucchini are among the yin (or cooling) foods that help our bodies regulate temperatures. They range in color from yellow to dark green and contain vitamin C and health-protecting antioxidants and phytonutrients. Zucchini makes a great addition to any summer salad.
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