It’s mid-summer and it’s time to balance the hot BBQ with cool summer refreshment. Summer has always been my favorite time to fire up the grill and have a backyard barbecue.
My favorite memories of summertime always involved lots of tender grilled meats, amazing homemade sides, and big juicy bowls of fresh cut fruit and veggies…oh and lots of ice cold beer.
Although delicious with unique taste and scent, foods cooked on a barbecue grill can be extremely heat inducing on the body. Plus, grilling removes moisture content of food, thus creating a very hot and dry condition. This isn’t quite the ideal combination for an already hot and dry summer.
However, with some creative food pairings, you can balance the heat and dryness with foods that are cool and wet.
In this article, we focus on cooling, moisture-rich foods. These inflammation relieving foods will help balance your summer barbecue.
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Turn down the Heat with Cooling Foods
Cooling foods are great for reducing arthritis symptoms, chronic pain, gout, and other inflammatory conditions.
If you or a loved one suffers from inflammation related issues, cooling foods can be extremely beneficial.
Plus, anti-inflammatory veggies are loaded with water content – thus ensuring your summer vacation from inflammation.
Fruit Salad for a Dip in the Pool
Consider having a bowl of fruit or fruit salad available. If diabetes is an issue, you can choose fruits that have a lower glycemic index (such as kiwis, oranges, berries, and peaches).
Most people are aware that when they eat fruit in summer, they feel refreshed as if their insides took a dip in a pool.
In fact, fruit salads are one of the most popular side dishes enjoyed at pool parties and backyard barbecues. This is because of the fruits’ cooling and heat relieving properties inside the body.
Pasta Salad – the Universal Cooling Side
Another great cooling option enjoyed at pool parties and backyard barbecues is pasta salad.
Additionally, including ingredients such as fresh dill, tomatoes, and lime juice in the pasta salad can internally cool an overheated body.
Similar to traditional salads, pasta salads are a universal side that goes with pretty much anything grilled.
Pasta and Fruit Salad Accessories
Cucumber as An Alternative to Fried Chips
Did you know that cucumber is one of the best cooling summer veggies you can possibly eat?
The reason is simple. Similar to fruit, these veggies have cooling properties that tend to have an internal cooling effect on the body.
Sliced cucumber makes a great natural and grease-free alternative to fried tortilla or potato chips. A perfect summer combination for hummus dip, mild home-made salsa, or guacamole (which are all cooling as well).
Summer foods are the key ingredient for staying cool and hydrated during pool parties and backyard barbecues.
Celery for Bone Health
Celery offers health benefits that extend beyond their cooling properties. Celery has naturally occurring Vitamin K which enables the body to absorb calcium.
Celery is the perfect crunchy snack for people who suffer from bone density conditions.
Just think about the structure and shape of a celery stalk. Not only does celery look like human bone structure, it also mimics the nutrient content of our bones.
A stalk of celery is difficult to break. For this reason, celery can help support porous and brittle bones. This is helpful for people who have osteoporosis and other skeletal system disorders.
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Watermelon – the Ultimate Summer Snack!
With hot summer weather, not many foods cool people down as much as fresh sliced watermelon. Watermelon is a staple at many pool parties and backyard barbecues.
This is because it’s naturally cool and juicy, which is the ideal combination for a hot and dry day.
Watermelon does have a significantly higher glycemic index, so caution must be taken for people who have diabetes.
Keep Keeping it Cool this Summer…
These are just a small few of the many cooling foods you can use to compliment your hot summer barbecue.
For a more detailed understanding of how to use food to stay cool in summer, here’s a complete list of heating and cooling foods.
On behalf of PizzaBeerYoga.com, I wish you a cool and wet balance to your hot and dry summer.
Cheers and Namaste.