Hot summer, cooling foods

r-4740_6ea2abSummer is here and in full effect! And that means that heat waves do happen.  Last week, we highlighted how to beat the heat with summer drinks and keep hydrated.  This week, we highlight some cooling foods for you.

Pregnant, breastfeeding or not, we all get hot and being hot can also reflect in feeling tired,  at times it can lead to headaches and nausea.  How can we help prevent feeling like this? One way is keeping hydrated and cool.My personal experience with hot weather was once a miserable one since it is very easy to get dehydrated especially during pregnancy and/or nursing, and when we add holding, carrying and playing with hot and sweaty yet active infants and toddlers, believe it or can intensify and speed up dehydration quite quickly.

So what tips does Ginger Moon have for you?

1.  Continue to keep hydrated with water:  Carry a bottle of water exclusively for you at all times (yes even in the house!), and remember to drink it.  My toddler son always seems to get thirsty as soon as I pull out my bottle, my solution, I got him a different colored bottle just for him (adult bottles seem so much more interesting for many toddlers), and we both enjoy a cool drink. (you can also make a Ginger Moon Iced Tea from one of our many tea choices). Click here for more tips on drinks.

2. Make cooling snacks for yourself.  I personally like freezing grapes and mango cubes.  Easy to do and very easy to access.  Of course watermelon is a staple in my refrigerator during all summer months.

3. Try out a new cooling recipe.  Ginger Moon is all about coming up with recipes that both satisfy our nutritious and our gustatory (taste) needs.  I personally like my Watermelon and Cilantro salad (recipe below), it is healthy, highly hydrating and I cannot deny it, its delicious!

Please share with us your cooling snacks and foods.

Watermelon Cilantro Salad
Recipe Type: Summer Salads
Author: Ginger Moon
Prep time:
Total time:
Keep hydrated with a delicious and nutritious salad guaranteed to satisfy your palate.
Ingredients
  • 10 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1/4 chopped red onions
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese (optional)
  • sea salt to taste
  • cracked black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Pour the lime juice on the red onions in small bowl
  2. Let rest for 5 minutes
  3. Gently mix all the remaining ingredients in large bowl
  4. Pour lime juice and onions unto watermelon and other ingredients
  5. Gently mix salad together.
  6. Enjoy!
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