During summer, the human body finds it difficult to digest food easily. You’ll need to be careful what you choose to eat. Thankfully, we have a list of 10 healthy vegetables that can be eaten as a part of a wholesome summer diet. When you’re at it, don’t forget to rehydrate yourself with loads of clean and distilled water.
List of 10 healthy Vegetables to beat Summer –
1. Snake Gourd
This vegetable is known for its internal cooling properties. While this veggie may not be that great tasting, it surely packs a punch in terms of nutrition.
Commonly known in Hindi as Kaddu, this vegetable is high in Vitamin A, and extremely low in fat. It’s a good diuretic and has strong cooling properties too. Pumpkins eliminate intestinal worms and also help in improving the overall digestive system.
3. Bitter Gourd
Bitter gourds are an ideal summer vegetable. It helps reduce the intensity of rashes, boils, infections, and other ailments. It’s also known to control diabetes. For people who don’t like consuming bitter gourds because of their bitter taste, you can add them to other vegetables while cooking.
4. Bottle Gourd
The vegetable has a large amount of water, which makes it a great summer vegetable. It’s commonly known as Dudhi, and it’s easily available in most parts of India. Bottle Gourd helps keep stomach acidity at bay.
5. Chinese Spinach
Also known by the names ‘Amaranth’, ‘Cow Pea Leaves’, and ‘Chawli Bajji,’ these leaves are rich in nutrients. You can consume it fully cooked or have a tiny raw portion as your salad. Chinese spinach is a good source of natural calcium. It has a good protein value as well. Be warned though, that like any other leafy vegetable, these leaves contain some amount of oxalates, which in large quantities are known to cause kidney stones. So drink plenty of purified water while consuming Chinese spinach.
6. Ridge Gourd
This vegetable is high in fiber and has anti-inflammatory properties, making it an ideal vegetable for the hot summer. Ridge Gourd helps reduce ulcers and curtail allergies. Its high satiating properties mean that you are likely to eat lesser, thereby helping you lose weight.
7. Ash Gourd
It’s also known as winter melon, winter gourd, white gourd, and tallow gourd. Ash gourd has a high quantity of water and can have 97% water content as well. The vegetable helps fight against heatstroke, and the high mineral content helps replenish your body. It has negligible amounts of fat, fiber, carbs, and protein.
Apart from being extremely high in water content, cucumbers are a major source of vitamin K and Molybdenum. Cucumbers are low in calories and high in satiety values so you can have them as a guilt-free snack on summer days.
Zucchinis are low in calories and high in anti-inflammatory substances, which make them an ideal choice for your summer dishes. It contains a high amount of vitamin C, fiber, and manganese.
10. Bell peppers
Commonly known as capsicum, they’re rich in vitamin C and a good source of water. They have almost zero percent fat and are low in carbs as well. Make sure you use moderate amounts of bell peppers in your salads and foods during summer.
People who don’t consume the recommended amount of water suffer from dehydration and heatstroke during this season. Don’t become a victim of the heat that’ll affect your health and daily schedule. Eat healthily, follow a workout routine, and drink pure water regularly.
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