What is the best food for the summer?
Can we do something to feel better in the summer, and better accept the heat?
Ayurveda gives advice on summer diet and explains what happens to our bodies during this season. Seasons certainly affect the delicate balance within our body. This impact can be mitigated by changing lifestyle and diet. In summer, the sun is in full force swoop down to earth, accumulated moisture evaporates and creates plenty of heat and dryness. Ayurvedic physicians compare it with hot water to extinguish fires as well as cold. For this reason, the summer is best to eat lightly.
- In summer, choose fresh, wet, cold and liquid foods, such as dairy products, rice, fruit and tofu.
- The juice of the aloe vera plant is an excellent tonic for the summer, which helps the liver and cools the body.
- Be moderate with alcohol in summer.
- In the same way can act – too spicy, hot, hot, peppermint, acidic, fatty and salty foods. Macrobiotics have also said that at this time of year we should eat light food.
- It is advisable to eat fruits and vegetables that grow in your region and the water we drink and chilled vegetable stock.
Foods which should favor:
- Drink – water, fresh fruit juices of sweet fruits, vegetable juices (sweet and sour)
- Sweet fruit – apples, apricots, figs, cherries, grapes, watermelons, melons, plums
- Sweet and bitter vegetables – zucchini, asparagus, peppers, fresh corn, cucumbers, cauliflower
- Soy products – tofu, soy milk
- Pumpkin seeds, sunflower
- Spices – fresh basil, coriander, cumin, dill, fennel, mint, saffron, turmeric
- Legumes (lentils, chickpeas) – you need to eat them occasionally in the summer because of their moist nature
- Cereals – barley, white and basmati rice, Wheat Products
- Homemade dairy products – cheese, cow’s milk, goat’s milk
- Chilled dairy products and strained vegetable stock
- Chilled herbal teas – chamomile, fennel, hibiscus, nettle, peppermint
- Oil (moderate) – olive, sunflower
Foods that are best avoided because they have warming properties:
- Sesame seeds
- Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, coffee, tea, acidic fruit juices
- Cheese, feta cheese, sour cream, yogurt (you can drink only diluted 1:1 with water)
- Herbal tea with sage, ginger and cinnamon
- Sour fruit – sour apple, unripe (sour), fruit, berries, cherries, green grapes, citrus
- Vegetables – beets, carrots, eggplant, garlic, olives, Kohlrabi, raw onions, hot peppers
- Grains – corn, buckwheat, rye, millet, oats
- Almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, walnuts, peanuts
- Basil, bay leaves, cloves, ginger, marjoram, oregano, paprika, rosemary, sage
How can I look like your living in the summer:
- Breakfast: Fruit Salad
- Breakfast: cereal with soy or local cow’s milk
- Lunch: wheat crackers spread with vegetables and mixed vegetable salad
- Snack: Herbal Tea
- Dinner: boiled chickpeas, cooked rice and stewed vegetables
- Dessert: vanilla pudding or wheat semolina cooked with fruit (chilled)
- Drink: Natural fruit juice diluted with an equal amount of water
When the mid-and late summer rains begin and increase the moisture in the air, it is a time when they can disrupt and “vata” and “kapha dosha”. It will ask us to turn our attention to them.How to calm the three “dosha” at the same time? Your diet, add barley, whole wheat products and rice, and a generous vegetable soup. As a sweetener instead of sugar, where appropriate, use honey.
Therefore, be prepared for a “summer” food – fill the plates with fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables and make sure that you take enough fluids!