Summer is here, which means your usual coffee has probably been replaced with Nimbu Pani, fresh fruit juices and iced teas. At least that’s the change that I’ve seen in my lifestyle, something that my body automatically asked for without me realising it.  Even what I eat has changed and is helping me in terms of my summer shred.

Here are some of the summer foods that I have included in my diet, which are highly recommended (by experts) for all of us. Make the required changes to your diet, see how it’s making you feel, observe the signs, and you’ll slowly start viewing the results.

Water

Stay hydrated! This goes without saying, really. We need this because having insufficient hydration would result in low energy levels and have you drained out towards the end of the day. Keep a bottle handy, even if you’re in the office sitting behind closed doors under an Ac.

Spruce things up by adding cucumber to your water container or even a few mint leaves.

water

Coconut Water

This is my personal favourite summer food during tea-time. I opt for a glass of coconut water as it helps restore vitamins and minerals in the body that are caused by fluid loss, plus it helps in reducing muscles cramps.

coconut water

Fresh Fruit Juice

Watermelon juice is 92% water, low in calories and is a good source of Vit B6. Orange juice is a great source of Vit C, is a powerful antioxidant and also helps protect the body against strokes.

Sugarcane juice is my go-to juice. It’s packed with important minerals that help maintain electrolyte balance in the body, and also help build muscle.

Note- Do not add any extra sugar to these juices.

juices

Cucumber

Loaded with fibre, eating cucumber in summer helps in keeping constipation at bay. Cucumber also contains a high amount of water content.

cucumber

Curd

This provides the best cooling effect on the body and is also loaded with good probiotics. You can also opt for smoothies, lassi, raita or buttermilk.

curd

Mint leaves

Add this to your juices and nimbu pani for a refreshing twist. You can also add this to the curd.

mint leaves

Onions

These are your sunstroke protector. Add it to your salads along with lemon and salt.
Fun fact- Onions are also a great natural anti-allergen.

onions

Green beans

These highly nutritious beans are surprisingly hydrating. These can be boiled, steamed, curried or simply added into salads of your choice.
An excellent source of Vitamin K, manganese, fibre and vitamin C, green beans are also enriched with antioxidants

green beans

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