Try this quick and cooling cucumber soup recipe this summer. It’s delicious and simple to make!
It’s official. The dog days of summer are here. Washington DC turns into a bit of a swamp, and the humidity keeps on rising.
And while we all love summer produce, most people’s diets don’t change all that much during the summer. Humans are creatures of habit, and it’s easier to stick to the same routines and patterns.
However, that shift in weather does impact our bodies, and to fuel ourselves optimally, we need to switch our food intake as well.
Eating to stay cool
In Ayurveda, certain foods are cooling or heating. Unfortunately, a lot of summertime favorites are heating for your body. Some heating foods include meat like burgers and hot dogs, vinegar-filled mustard, or carb-heavy pasta salad. Hot sauce and spicy foods are a no-no.
Instead, now’s the time to enjoy all of your raw salads and fruits. Instead of your usual olive oil, use coconut oil based dressings (don’t worry, it’s so hot it will melt!) Avocado is another great source of fat that cools your body down. When you season your food, use dill, fennel, parsley, and basil instead of black pepper of cayenne.
Additionally, we need to focus on hydration. I’m sure we’ve all noticed an increase in sweat production, and that water loss adds up throughout the day!
The answer isn’t to down another 2 gallons of water. What’s more important is that you hydrate intelligently. Get a good source of electrolytes (the vitamins and minerals that make your body work their best) alongside your water from healthy fruits and vegetables. The electrolytes make sure that your hydration brings you into balance, rather than simply water-logging your body (and causing you to have to go to the bathroom every half hour).
I recently came across a recipe for a cucumber soup, and I realized it would be the perfect summer tonic. I tweaked the recipe a bit to make it even more Ayurveda and summertime friendly. In addition to cucumber, it features avocado, lemon juice (which is actually cooling for your body even though it doesn’t seem like it should be!), and cooling spices. It only takes 5 minutes to put together, and it will leave you feeling delightful. You can use this recipe as a side dish to your meal, or drink it just like a smoothie!
Take a look at the food you eat over the course of this next day. What’s your guess – heating or cooling? After you eat it, notice how your body feels. Perhaps you can slowly start to introduce some more cooling oils and spices into your daily routine. Leave a comment below on what you find!
- 1 cucumber (peeled if non organic, optional if organic!)
- ½ avocado
- 1½ tbsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp salt
- ~1 tsp fresh parsley (option or feel free to substitute basil or thyme!)
- Add all of the ingredients to a high powered blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day,
Samantha Attard, PhD, is the founder of Happy Healthy Human. Sam is a performance coach and yoga instructor who helps people eat, move, and live with intention. Learn more here.