Cooling Foods – Summer Nutrition

Green Apple Health Care is excited to welcome Nutritionist, Renee Giroux-Wyton, to the clinic team. Renee shares with us today here favourite cooling foods and summer nutrition tips to help you and your family stay chill in the hot summer weather.

Summer is a time of fun, making memories, outdoor markets, gardens, lakes and oceans, bikes, patios, and for most Albertans, very dry heat.  Your body’s cravings for the heavy fats and proteins of winter and the pungency of spring have naturally subsided.  We start to crave refreshing foods that lighten the body and keep our internal systems cool, alleviating discomforts from the hot sharp qualities of heat. Summer is the perfect time to turn to our gardens, outdoor farmers’ markets to create meals which harness the bitter taste of fresh greens to cool the blood, the astringency of seasonal fruits to tone the tissues and the mildly sweet foods to balance the fire in the digestive tract.

As the seasons change so do our bodies needs. Our summer nutrition needs can be different than our needs during fall, winter or spring. Switching our bodies fuel to focus on light, clean, and fresh food choices which aid in dealing with the heat and constant internal cooling. 

Here’s a list of foods that are excellent summer nutrition and body cooling choices:

  • Bitter and astringent vegetables, such as zucchini, broccoli, leafy greens, celery, green beans, and fennel root.
  • Sweet, not sour, dairy products, such as milk and ghee – limiting cheese.
  • Light, neutral grains, such as quinoa, basmati rice, and barley.
  • sweet, neutral fruits, such as grapes, pomegranates, stone fruits, melons, and limes.
  • cool and light proteins, such as mung beans, lean white meats and fish.
  • Coconuts and coconut products: water, milk, meat, and sugar
  • Cooling spices and herbs, such as fennel seed, coriander, cilantro, parsley, basil, mint, and turmeric; aloe juice

Summer Nutrition Grocery List

Vegetables

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Fennel
  • Leafy Greens – kale, spinach, chard
  • Lettuce
  • Peas – sugar and snap
  • Peppers – Red, yellow, and orange
  • Summer Squashes
  • Zucchini
  • Herbs – parsley, cilantro, thyme, mint, basil, dill

Fruits

  • Apples
  • Berries
  • Dates
  • Melons
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Mangos

Grains

  • Barley
  • Basmati Rice
  • Quinoa

Beans

  • Chickpeas
  • Black Beans
  • White Beans

Spices

  • Cardamom
  • Coriander
  • Fennel
  • Turmeric
  • Ground pepper

Extras

  • Chickpea flour
  • Coconut water
  • Hemp seeds

Stay tuned for a recipe from Renee using cooling foods from our summer nutrition list!

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