10 Foods That Help You Stay Cool In The Summer Heat

10 Foods That Help You Stay Cool In The Summer Heat


man-eating-watermelonIt is so hot here in Georgia. It has been as much as 106 degrees in my town. It is bad when you walk out the door and it feels like you are walking into an oven and you can hardly breathe.

I do not handle heat very well, because I am always warm. When it is hot I get irritable and I am very mean. Well, not very mean, but being too hot puts me in a bad mood.

During the summer there are many foods you can eat that will keep you cool. Those foods tend to have a high water content.

I often wonder why my brother and I enjoyed eating fresh tomatoes from grandmother’s garden and now I know why.

Those tomatoes were cooling us off while we played.  Those were the best tomatoes and the happiest times of my life.

Notice that the foods on this list are higher in water content and are often grown during warmer months.  These foods are also in season during the warmer months too.

 Cooling Summer Foods

1. Cucumbers and summer squash (yellow and green)

2. Watermelon and other melons

3. Tomatoes

4. Peaches

5. Mangoes

6. Berries

7. Green leafy vegetables

8. Coconut Water

9. Corn

10. Apricots

There are many more yummy foods that keep you cool during the hot summer months.  Eat a variety so that you do not get bored.

 Have a Happy 4th of July and please keep cool!   🙂

Discussion: What foods do you like eating that keep you cool in the summer?

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  1. James says:

    Have always been fond of eating watermelons during summer to beat the heat. Fresh fruits are always far better than other “refreshing drinks”. Of course, a healthy fruit shake or freshly squeezed juice will be very ideal.

    • Hey James!

      Thanks for chiming in. I think watermelon is a favorite of many people.

      I’m more likely to grab a glass of water than any other refreshing drink. Yes fresh fruit is always good.

  2. Kathy says:

    Great post Evelyn! It’s been really hot here too, as summers usually are.

    My favorite is a toss up between berries and watermelon. I made an awesome watermelon Granita a few weeks ago, so refreshing and addicting. Was perfect for summer.

  3. TeaJae says:

    great rainbow list of yummy foods. yes Atlanta has been blazing hot and the grumpy cranky pants do come on me as well. I also noticed this list of foods also don’t take a lot of energy to digest either so it’s easier on your entire body. welcome to summer Evelyn, lets hope it won’t stay triple digits for much longer 🙂

  4. Jee says:

    Informative, Great list of cooling foods..

    My first choice watermelon.. Wow, my mouth is watering.

  5. david says:

    Cucumber is really cooling. In addition, I found pear is very cooling too.

  6. Doug says:

    my vote is for watermelon – especially if I splash a little gin on top 🙂

  7. Victoria says:

    Excellent post! My favorite would be Watermelon and Peaches.

    I don’t know how you do it – 106 degrees is crazy! We average around 70-75 degrees here all summer. Heat makes me nauseous.

    Anyway, hoping you have a very nice 4th. Blessings!

    • Hi Victoria!

      Welcome to my blog!

      I don’t know how I do it either. Now 70-75 degrees is my kind of temperatures. 🙂

      I love watermelon and peaches too. I especially enjoy eating peaches, because I can get them locally.

      Thank you!


  8. I am always amazed when reminded that the body takes care of itself when we listen to it. You naturally gravitated towards tomatoes to cool you off and now find out the reasons. I love melons in summer and always feel cooler when I eat them.

  9. Tamara says:

    Berries and cherries and ice tea are my favourites!
    Have a happy 4th, Evelyn!

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