Have you ever found yourself wanting to eat cooling foods for the summer?
You may not be familiar with paying attention to your body cueing you to eat certain foods, but I want you to start.
During the summer, your body is going to require more hydration. Here in Tennessee we have sweltering summers. There are times we exceed 100F with 100% humidity! Now that, my friends, is HOT!!
When temperatures soar, you’re going to sweat more (which is your body’s natural cooling mechanism) even if you don’t notice it. This isn’t a problem, but it can become one if you aren’t careful. So, it’s really important to stay hydrated and cool when it
Thankfully, if you eat cooling foods for the summer months you’ll be giving your body a helping hand. There is one thing these cooling foods have in common…they are all Super hydrating to your body!
Don’t run off after discovering the foods you should add to your menu. You’ll want to hang around for the cooling food recipe I share at the end too!
Did you know melons contain up to 90% water? This makes them a perfect, and my go-to, cooling food for the summer. When it’s hot out, sometimes water sounds good, sometimes it doesn’t. So, next time, if water doesn’t fit the bill, maybe reach for some melon to help you cool off.
Melons are also a great source of vitamins and minerals.
Cucumbers, like melons, are full of vitamins and minerals, but make sure you buy them organic & eat them with the peel on because it’s what provides most of the nutrients. Something you may not know about cucumbers is they have a higher content of water than melons. They are actually about 96% water!
Mint is an herb that has a cooling effect on your body. The menthol found in mint chemically triggers the cold-sensitive receptors in the skin is responsible for the cooling sensation we feel. That’s why, when you eat mint, you get that cooling sensation.
4. Coconut Water
Coconut water is another great cooling food. Not only does it have a water content of 95%, but it also contains natural electrolytes and minerals. These characteristics make it a great natural alternative to sugary sports drinks. So, on the days you may sweat excessively and want to reach for a sports drink, consider coconut water instead.
There’s nothing like a fresh warm peach off the tree during the summer! Just like the other foods I’ve mentioned, peaches have a high water content (about 90%). Of course, they too are chocked full of vitamins and minerals and are a great source of antioxidants too.
If you tune into your body’s signals, you’ll discover it will tend to want more cooling foods during the summer months. Cooling foods are usually a great source of hydration, vitamins, minerals, and/or electrolytes. When it’s hot and humid, reach for these foods to help cool your body in a natural way.
A great cooling watermelon salad for those hot summer months!
- 1/4 Lime Juiced
- 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/8 tsp Salt
- 1/4 Seedless Watermelon Diced into Cubes
- 1/2 Cucumber Diced (and seeded if desired)
- 1/2 C Mint Leaves Roughly Chopped
- 1/4 C Goat Cheese Crumbled
In a small mason jar, combine lime juice, olive oil and salt. Cover with the lid, shake to combine and set aside.
In a serving bowl, combine chopped watermelon, cucumber, mint and goat cheese.
Divide into bowls and drizzle with desired amount of dressing. Enjoy!