With the intense summer that our country experiences fast approaching, it’s definitely time to start prepping up for the sun! While our sun umbrellas, stylish glares and summer dresses find their way out of the closet so do a host of cooling food and drink items. Summers in India are not just hot, they are immensely unbearable.

But fear not.

At Indusladies, we have a few tips to share with you regarding the right summer foods to eat during summer, just so these next few months can be a tad bit more bearable, and less torturous for every one of you.

Cooling Curds and Curd Based Drinks

Have you ever wondered why most people suffer from stomach ailments and viral infections during the summer months? The reason is simple. We don’t cool our bodies enough. Even if you include half a bowl of pure curd with every meal, it will largely benefit you. If you tire of curd easily, include curd based drinks, lassi or even buttermilk along with every meal.

More Vegetables, Less Meat

The best way to get through summer without compromising on your health is by avoiding foods that heat your body and stomach. Primarily, meat products, eggs and most protein rich foods do so.

It is best to avoid them and instead consume platefuls of lightly cooked vegetables. Sometimes, it isn’t about consuming the right foods during summer, as much as it’s about the right cooking and preparation technique. In this sense, use fewer spices, because too many of them can definitely make matters worse. Use smaller quantities of heat rich spices like ginger and red chilli.

Consume small quantities of every vegetable you can avail of in your local market, the key to balanced health is after all balanced variety.

Fresh Fruits that Hydrate

Summer is the season to binge on fresh fruits and fresh juices. Fruits like watermelon, all kinds of citrus fruits, apples, grapes, bananas, melons are known to hydrate the body or boost it with more energy in one way or other. During the summer months, you tend to sweat more.  This can lead to dehydration if you don’t consume the right foods and cooling, hydrating drinks.