While in India, summer is the season of holidays, when kids enjoy their vacations, families plan trips and have loads of plans to visit friends and extended family! But with the change in weather, increasing temperatures and heat waves, one has to be cautious about health!
Nutrition plays an important role in it!
Following are food items that benefit the most in summer!
Fruits are very good for the body in summer! Eating juicy fruits rich in water content help in maitaining the fluids within the body! Watermelon, Pineapple, Sweet lime, musk melon are good choices. While Mango is a hot favorite in summer with its wide range of varieties like alphonso, dussehri, gulab khas, badam and more, it should be eaten in moderation because it produces excess heat in the body and is a big cause of weight gain and also annoying acnes! Papaya should also be eaten in moderation as it also generates heat in the body.
Salads are the best source of roughage for your body! Salads benefit the body a lot in summer. They help in cleaning of arteries, proper bowel movements and maintain good metabolism rate. Mix and Match with Tomatoes, Carrots, Cucumber, Cabbage, Lettuce, Radish and more to make interesting salads to accompany your food!
Instead of fluids with high caffeine content, choose drinks that cool your body for summer. Like Iced Tea, Lemonade, Ginger-Mint Cooler, Orange Juice and watermelon-lime cooler! The king of all the drkins in summers is Aam Panna or Kacchi Keri ka Pani – which is loved by all! The water of Pani Puri is also a wise option!
Summer brings beautiful colorful berries like Cherries, Raspberries, Blueberries which liven up your food! Eat these in abundance as these have loads of health benefits in store for you!They help induce better sleep, decrease the fat storage of body, help lower cholesterol levels and catalyze weight loss!
Apart from raw salads, vegetables like Tomatoes, Onion, and corn can be included in the cooking of your everyday food during summer so that you can reap benefits even more. Tomatoes and onions can included in cooking pulses, soups and curries of vegetables! Corn is a delicacy which can be cooked into corn tikki, palak corn, mixed vegetables, upma and more! Onions help you from heatstroke by facilitating in perspiration. Tomatoes contain a special carotenoid which protects you from sunburn. Sweet corn contains special antioxidants which protect you against harmful rays of the sun!