Summers sap the energy out of you! The heat becomes unbearable and no matter how much water you drink you are always thirsty, similarly summers tend to take away your appetite. A lack of appetite means that you don’t eat as much food as you regularly would, which means that your body ends up lacking its regular nutrition quota.
Basically a summer diet consists of food that is high in water content, provides ample nutrition and cools your body down while keeping you from dehydration.
What food items should be present on your dinner plate this summer?
Vegetables - Food items with high water content should be on the top of your list every time you venture out to shop during summers, as the water content in these foods will help hydrate your body from within. Foods such as Lettuce, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower and sprouts should be found on your dinner plate this summer as they all serve to cool down your body from within while providing you with the daily quota of nutrition.
Fruits - While the harsh Indian summer sees us Indians gorging on water-melons at every given opportunity, there are other fruits that can be consumed which will cool you from within this summer such as grapes, apples, bananas, pears, peaches and melons. Even citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons are excellent choices of fruits for consumption this summer.
Non Vegetable - For those who feel empty without their regular quota of meat, there is a tasty alternative available in fish. These fish are not only are cooler on consumption as compared to the red meat or chicken that would have been the preferred fare otherwise, but also have high amounts of fatty acids such as Omega -3 and Omega – 6 which are found in very few other food items such as eggs and some other vegetables.
Curds & Yogurt – Curds and yogurt are a great and healthy alternative to cold drinks and ice-cream as they not only are packed with nutrients, vitamins but also with calcium and also help cool down your body, when the temperatures rise. Both contain vitamin B which also helps soothe the ulcers, allergies and heat boils that tend to appear during summers, from within.
Juices & Drinks – Lime juice, coconut juice, green tea, buttermilk, shakes…etc helps to cools your body down in this hottest summer season and intake the various nutrients and vitamins.
So let’s make a schedule for your diet in this summer season.