Cool off with these refreshing summer foods

July 21, 2021 ✨ Cattail Life

Cool off with these refreshing summer foods

Unless you're one of your unique people who call the north or south pole home, at some point in the year I'm sure you find yourself in the throws of some HOT temperatures.

Did you know one of the ways our bodies seek homeostasis (harmony and balance) is demonstrated through the foods we desire.

Example: in the cold of winter we look for hearty soups and warmer foods - not just because it's cold outside, but as a way to regulate our internal body temperature. Plus, we need more calories to keep warm.

The same principles apply in the heat of summer.

We desire cooling foods - not just because we don't want to add more heat into the house, but also to feel refreshed and help regulate our body temperature with all the heat we're experiencing externally.

I've got some refreshing summer foods for you to incorporate when you find yourself in times of needing cooling and refreshing. Grab them below.​

The Peaces & Cream has been a go-to favorite of mine along with adding baked salmon to the Apple Cucumber salad for a great lunch or dinner.

More recently I've been enjoying a version of the Waldorf salad (recipe included in the link).

  • Instead of walnuts, I roasted raw sunflower seeds with coconut oil and sea salt.
  • I cut up leftover baked chicken.
  • Sprinkled in some goji berries

Yum!

Speaking of heat, summer and recipes, I've got another for you...

Antioxidant-rich pomegranate green tea

Pomegranates, one of the oldest known fruits, are a nutrient dense, antioxidant rich powerhouse! Pomegranates have potent anti-cancer and immune-supporting effects, along with decreasing cholesterol, cardiac risk, and blood pressure.

Green tea loads your body with polyphenols such as flavonoids and catechins, which function as powerful antioxidants with disease-preventing properties, including a decreased risk of cancer, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, infection, cardiovascular disease, and more.

The mint in this recipe adds dynamic flavor and an extra health boost.

  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 cups brewed green tea
  • 6-10 large mint leaves
  • 4-6 large ice cubes
  1. Brew the green tea. Once brewed, pour into a 24 oz. Mason Jar or small pitcher.
  2. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes or until cool.
  3. Once cooled, add the mint leaves, slightly crushing and twisting them in your hands before you do.
  4. Lightly crush the pomegranate seeds on a cutting board with a spoon or by using the side of a large knife and then add to green tea.
  5. Place in the refrigerator to cool.
  6. For the best flavor, allow the blend to infuse for at least 2-4 hours.

Fun Tip: To get all the amazing benefits from this pomegranate green tea, make sure you eat the pomegranate seeds at the bottom!

​Enjoy your refreshing summer recipes!​

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