Ingredients for hot summer days

Season’s significantly impact the delicate balance of our body. This impact can be mitigated by changing lifestyle and diet. There are certain foods that are better to avoid during hot weather, and opposite, there are ingredients that are very welcomed during this period.

Foods that are best avoided because of their warming characteristics are:

Sour fruit – sour apple, unripe fruit, currants, cherries, green grapes, lemons

Vegetables – beets, carrots, eggplant, garlic, olives, kohlrabi, raw onions, hot peppers

Grains – corn, buckwheat, rye, millet, oats

Nuts– almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, walnuts, peanuts

Spices-sesame seeds, basil, bay leaves, cloves, ginger, marjoram, oregano, red pepper, rosemary, sage

Dairy products– hard cheese, feta cheese, sour cream, yogurt

 Drinks– alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, coffee, tea, acidic fruit juices, herbal tea with sage, ginger and cinnamon

On the other hand, some of the ingredients that can be helpful for our organism are:

Sweet fruit – apples, apricots, figs, cherries, grapes, watermelons, melons, plums

Sweet and bitter vegetables – zucchini, asparagus, peppers, fresh corn, cucumbers, cauliflower, sprouts

Grains – barley, white and basmati rice, whole wheat products

Legumes (lentils, chick peas) – you need to eat them occasionally in the summer because of their moist nature

Soy products – tofu, soy milk

Dairy products – cheese, cow’s milk, goat’s milk

Spices – fresh basil, coriander, cumin, dill, fennel, mint, saffron, turmeric, pumpkin seeds, sunflower

Oil (in moderation) – olive, sunflower

Drinks – water, fresh fruit juice of sweet fruit, vegetable juices (sweet and bitter), chilled dairy products and strained vegetable broth

Teas (Herbal, cooled) – chamomile, fennel, hibiscus, nettle, mint

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