8. Swap heavy cooking fats for coconut oil.
Per Ayurveda expert Vasant Lad, coconut oil is more cooling than other oils. Coconut oil can be used as a substitute in sautees and curries and is easily incorporated into desserts.
9. Refresh with watermelon.
Dr. Jenelle Kim, a doctor of Chinese medicine and the author of Myung Sung: The Korean Art of Living Meditation, recommends watermelon, which is one of the most well-known herbal ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine. She adds “other herbs that are known to quickly cool the body include mung bean, chrysanthemum, and dandelion,” as well as bitter vegetables. Want to try a spin on Dr. Kim’s advice? Freeze small chunks of watermelon for a delicious summer smoothie.
10. Eat cold oats.
Overnight oats are an easy, inexpensive way to prepare a nutritious, cooling breakfast. It’s as easy as combining 1/2 cup of quick-cook oats, 1 mashed ripe banana (or 1/2 cup of yogurt), 1/2 cup milk of your choice, and 1 tablespoon chia or ground flax in a jar and refrigerating overnight. Add your favorite seasonal fruit, a sprinkle of cacao nibs, or a swirl of nut butter for more texture and flavor.
11. Swap hot soups and stir fries for salads.
Pile your plate high with iceberg or romaine lettuce (which are full of water and super hydrating), other fresh chopped greens, and pack a rainbow of raw veggies, including celery, carrot, cucumber, and tomatoes, as well as some sunflower seeds or walnuts, avocado, and a protein of your choice to fill you up. Drizzle with a light dressing.