Curd or Yogurt
Curd is a wonderful coolant. You can be consumed in various forms like as refreshing buttermilk, a glass of lassi or in the form of raita along with the meal. To make yummy desserts out of it, hang it in a muslin cloth to drain excess water and add cut fruits and little sugar.
Coconut is full of health benefits and has amazing cooling properties. It is loaded with simple sugars, electrolytes and minerals which help keep the body in keeping well hydrated and nourished.
Watermelon & Melons
These are fruits where which is full of water. They are very cool in nature and fill you up without giving a heavy feeling in the stomach. Just refrain from not eating these fruits which are pre-cut and sold on the road side as they may carry risk of infection.
This salad vegetable is full of fibre and water and hence will keep you hydrated and help in keeping constipation at bay. Add lots of it in your salads or eat them just like that during the day when you feel like munching something. Sprinkled with light salt, pepper and lime, it is a good substitute for anytime summer snack.
Mint is an easily available and an inexpensive herb which you can be used in chutneys, raitas, dips and making refreshing cooling drinks. Because of its refreshing and cool taste, it is a staple in several summer condiments.
Onions have incredible cooling properties. They already are a must have in our curries, raitas, salads and chutneys, which will help in keeping the body cool. Onions can also provide protection against sunstroke.
Good old nimbu paani or fresh lime is high on freshness quotient and an all time favourite healthy summer drink. You can have it salted or sweet with a dash of cumin powder and mint to beat the heat. Try these summer diet and nutrition tips and stay cool in summer.