Watermelon (Photo credit: ©Tatyana Chekrygina)

Watermelon (Photo credit: ©Tatyana Chekrygina)

10 Healthy, Plant-Based Foods To Keep You Cool

Beat the late summer heat with these treats

August 30, 2018 - 10:21 am

(1THING) - Even as summertime begins to draw to a close, there's still plenty of hot days ahead before that mercury starts to drop.

But you don't have to overheat! You can still enjoy the weather while staying cool as a cucumber by snacking on some amazing plant-based treats.

Healthy living guru Kristen Arnett recently revealed her 10 super-healthy, plant-based foods guaranteed to keep you cool when the weather heats up. Check it out:

10. Red Grapes
You can eat them all by themselves, or, as a special treat, freeze them to use as suckers or sweet ice cubes!

9. Cucumbers
The very versatile veggie can work as a side with your outdoor dinner, in a salad, in your favorite green drink, or just sliced up in your water... all while cooling you down!

8. Coriander
Herbs and spices have all kinds of different effects on your body. For instance, did you know that cooking with coriander can actually lower your body temperature?

7. Fennel
Like its spicy cousin Coriander, fennel can keep you cool on a hot day and it can be eaten raw or cooked.

6. Cilantro
While cilantro and coriander are essentially the same thing and have the same effect, they're usually consumed differently. Sprinkle cilantro over any meal for a full on cool-down.

5. Coconut Water
Replace those lost minerals and cool yourself down with a few sips of refreshing coconut water.   

4. Pomegranate Juice
Just a splash of pomegranate juice in your water will help your body replace lost electrolytes.

3. Watermelon 
Not only will a slice of watermelon cool you off, but fresh watermelon juice is a downright delicious warm-weather drink.

2. Peppermint Tea
Hot or cold, brewing peppermint tea will quickly become your family's go-to cool down drink when the weather heats up.

1. Chrysanthemum Petals
Yup! the petals of a chrysanthemum not only help beat the heat, but they can also relieve other ailments, such as headaches! Try making a batch of tea with the beautiful petals.