Summer treats to beat the heat!

It is that time of the year where it is not uncommon to find people sipping milkshakes, having fruits, drinking several cups and glasses of water. Yes, summer is here.
You also see people covered from head to toe to avoid the wrath of the sun and you find yourself taking steps to stay away from the sweltering heat. In a season like this, one needs to be careful about the kind of food that must be consumed, something that can be both healthy and that can ward off the heat because summer brings along with it its own share of ailments. And it is children for whom utmost care must be ensured regarding the kind of food that they can eat. Here is a list of foods that your children can eat in order to stay hydrated, stay immune from diseases and also stay in the pink of health this summer.

Fruit salad

When children are presented with food that looks delicious and attractive, colorful and overall tempting, they are most likely to consume it. For the same reason, one of the best foods that your child can have this summer is a Fruit Salad.
The large variety of fruits like oranges, bananas, apples, pineapples, watermelon, grapes etc in a single bowl and topped with a decent amount of fresh cream are bound to bring water to your little one’s mouth.
Watermelons are composed of 92% water and have several health benefits like Vitamin A which can help your skin look good, maintain your cardiovascular health and improve immunity.
Oranges keep blood pressure in check, improves eye health, prevents skin damage and reduces cholesterol in the body.
Pineapples contain bromelain which helps in digestion, flushes the toxins out of the body and helps the body lose weight.
A fruit salad is a storehouse of necessary nutrients in a single bowl. And the high water content in the fruits mentioned above can help your kid stay hydrated and refreshed during the summer.

Green Salad

The variety of vegetables used in a green salad are packed with nutrients that can keep the kid energetic and strong throughout the course of the summer. The various vegetables used in a green salad include onions, cucumber, tomatoes, coriander, and carrot.
Onions have a natural chemical compound called quercetin which acts against Histamine, a compound that causes an itching sensation every time there are heat rashes or insect bites. Onions also prevent the body from catching a heat stroke, and overall boost the immune system.
Tomatoes help in maintaining good skin, prevent tanning and pigmentation, improve heart health and keep low blood pressure.
Cucumbers contain 95% water and this high water content helps remove toxins and waste materials from the body and the magnesium helps in smooth blood circulation in the body. They also improve heart health, help you in losing weight and the silicon and sulphur content in the cucumber help in hair growth.
Carrots help in strong eyesight and also helps in keeping a strong immune system.
You can make the salad fun for your munchkin by adding curd and pepper and making it into a raita. That is when you will see the smile on their face.


Khus sharbat

You might think that khus and khus khus are the same. The truth is, they are both different, for khus khus are poppy seeds whereas khus is a grass or herb with an aroma and taste resembling that of wood. The khus grass is used to prepare khus syrup, which in turn is mixed with water, sugar and citric acid syrup.
Khus is an amazing source of iron, manganese and vitamins and helps in blood circulation in the body, prevents dehydration due to its cooling properties, reduces dark circles and redness in eyes and last but not the least, they have powerful antioxidants which help boost the immune system of the body.
Your kids will enjoy khus sharbat in the summer!

Coconut Water

Coconut water is a natural, refreshing, nutritious drink that has several benefits your little one can derive during the summer.
The high calcium content allows for strong bones, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties cure skin infections, fibers allow for smooth digestion, prevents dehydration and muscle cramps, improves oxygen circulation and will boost the energy of the kid.

Grilled Fish

Fish not only contains protein, but also has fatty acids that improves heart health and lower blood pressure. Not to forget, a fish is a storehouse of minerals like potassium, calcium, zinc, iron, iodine, magnesium and potassium.
Your children will love it when the fish is grilled, because the direct, high-heat cooks it in a jiffy, and trap the flavor with minimal loss of moisture, resulting in something scrumptious.
And there you go, the above are a few of the things your children can eat to stay hydrated and stay healthy throughout the course of summer. The foods above are no doubt fun, and it can be a win-win for both you as a parent and your children.

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