Memorial Day is just around the corner and that means you will need to keep your cool during hot and humid afternoon pool parties. While I don’t believe in sticking to one dietary theory all the time, I do find that seasonal eating can help us feel our best. Because our bodies are always looking for balance, your system has to work extra hard to maintain its internal temperature during extremely hot Florida days.

With that in mind, cooling foods are perfect to balance off the heat outside. To help you enjoy the parties and save time in the kitchen, I want to propose a quick and easy recipe as well as list of Top 10 Cooling Foods.

Jicama Salad

This summer skip the potato salad and try jicama instead. This root vegetable is very hydrating and has 1/3 of calories and double the fiber of the potato! Additionally, avocado in the salad will help lower your blood pressure, tahini will supply your body with calcium, and parsley will help strengthen your kidneys.

½ avocado

2 tablespoons sesame tahini

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon water

1 teaspoon fresh parsley

1/3 teaspoon wheat free tamari sauce

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon cumin

2 cups diced jicama

1/3 cup red pepper, chopped

1/3 cup celery, chopped

Blend the first eight ingredients together in a blender. Mix together with the jicama, pepper and celery. Garnish with chopped fresh rosemary.

TOP 10 COOLING FOODS:

SAVORY

Cucumbers

Tomatoes

Bell Peppers

Jicama

Celery

SWEET

Watermelon

Honeydew

Grapes

Oranges

Mangos