High Vibe Highlight: Cooling Foods
According to Ayurveda (a holistic medicine practice from India), foods have different temperatures. And we’re not talking about the actual temperature of your food when you touch it with your hand or your tongue. Instead, it’s about the metabolic affect that different foods have on the body.
Some foods are warming and can give you a sense of, well, warmth, in the belly after they’ve been digested. These are ideal foods to focus on during the colder months. On the flip side, you may want to focus on cooling foods during the summer months to help you beat the heat.
Here are some examples of cooling foods:
Fruits: apple, avocado, dates, grapes, melons, lime, pears, raisins, berries.
Vegetables: asparagus, beet greens, cabbage, celery, cilantro, cucumber, kale, lettuce, pease, spinach, sprouts, zucchini.
Grains: barley, oats, quinoa, basmati rice.
Legumes: chick peas, red lentils, mung beans, white beans.
Nuts: almonds, coconut.
Meat: turkey, venison.
While you can start incorporating some of those foods into your diet today, here are two simple drink recipes that you can sip on right away!
2-3 cups diced seeded watermelon
4-5 fresh mint leaves, washed
1 sprig of fresh mint for garnish
Blend the watermelon and mint leaves to a smooth purée and serve cool, garnished with the sprig of fresh mint.
Spiced Coconut Smoothie
Water and meat from one young coconut (or approx. 1 cup coconut water)
2-3 Medjool dates, pits removed and chopped roughly
⅛ tsp. ground cardamom
Blend all ingredients to a smooth purée. (It's suggested to use a powerful blender, like the Vitamix or similar, since dates are hard to blend.) Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled.