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Updated by Diana Lewis on Sep 21, 2015
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6 Cool Foods for a Cooler Summer - Recipes That Will Make You Too Cool For The Summer

You think you're too cool for the eternal summer of Sri Lanka? Well if you taste these 6 really cool foods you truly will be too cool for the summer and will be able to beat the heat. Enjoy!



No coconut, no Sri Lankan food. Coconut is one of the major plantation crops in Sri Lanka and thus, is an indispensable ingredient in traditional food Sri Lanka. This much-loved drupe provides sweet, healthy hydration to restore moisture, minerals and electrolytes. So, Sweet Coconut Popsicles with Mango & Cardamom is the perfect hot season food! Puree mangos, sugar, orange juice and salt until smooth. Mix coconut milk, sugar, cardamom and salt, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Take Popsicle moulds and pour in the mango puree and refrigerate. Keep for one hour and insert the Popsicle stick, freeze for 2 more hours. Take the moulds out and divide the coconut milk between the moulds and freeze for 2 hours. Your pops are ready to eat!


Aloe Vera

Want to be immortal? Then have Aloe Vera! Well according to the Ancient Egyptians, Aloe Vera was the "plant of immortality" and they placed it with the funerary gifts buried with the pharaohs. Though its immortality-giving powers have not yet been proven, research has found out that Aloe Vera contains anti-inflammatory nutrients consisting of vitamins, including B, C, and vitamin E, as well as folic acid. For a cooling solution, wash the Aloe Vera well and scrape the inside gel using a knife or a spoon making sure not to scrape the rind at the bottom. Take 2 tsps of the extracted gel and blend it together with plain water, orange juice, coconut water, barley water or lemon juice and while adding your desired sweetener. For more health, giving juices you can visit the Herbs and Spice Restaurant by Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions where a range of delicious Ayurveda Cuisine and tropical fresh fruit drinks are offered. The resort is famous for its outstanding Ayurvedic treatments that incorporate natural herbs.



Burdock contains chemicals that is considered to have activity against bacteria and inflammation which is why it is applied to the skin for dry skin (ichthyosis), acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Burdock Root is a cooling, cleansing herb that you make tea with in the morning. Cut up the root into small pieces and put into your teapot, then pour boiling water into it followed up with a small amount of hand crushed mint leaves. Strain and optionally add a few seeds and voila tea is ready!



Cilantro or Coriander is a source of Vitamins B, C, & K, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, iron, phyto-nutrients, and flavonoids that helps with digestion, relieves intestinal gas, prevents nausea, and regulates appetite. For a quick, cooling Cilantro snack whisk together 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, 1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger in small bowl and add seasoning of salt and pepper to your taste. In another bowl combine 8 cups mixed baby greens and 1/2 cup chopped fresh Cilantro. Toss salad with enough dressing to coat and season to taste with salt and pepper.



The only way to be as cool as a Cucumber is to have Cucumber! This moisture-promoting, juicy vegetable contains more than 90% of water and is rich in minerals. A proven diuretic, Cucumber is an effective reducer of heat and inflammation, and a good skin remedy. The tasty Sri Lankan Cucumber Salad is a great way of soaking up the many cooling powers of this super vegetable. First cut a small slice of the top of the Cucumber and rub it against top part of the other piece getting rid of the bitterness. Next, chop the Cucumber, Red Onions, Tomatoes, Green Chillies, and Pineapple into little squares and combine. Season with Lime juice, salt and pepper. The salad is a good accompaniment for rice.



Feel the roaring power of Dandelions! These flowers prove that they don't just have a pretty face as they contain chemicals that increase urine production and decrease swelling (inflammation) as well as treating various liver disorders such as jaundice, cirrhosis of the liver, and enlargement of the liver. For a great Dandelion beauty brew, combine together 2 tsp dandelion leaves, 2 tbs lemon balm, 1 tbs lavender flowers, 2 tbs lemon balm, 1 tbs lavender flowers, 1 tbs peppermint, 1 tbs chamomile flowers, 1 tbs rose petals, 1 tbs nettle, 1 tbs alfalfa, 1 tbs rose hips, 2 tsp raspberry leaves, 1/2 tsp ginger root; and stir to blend. Store in a tightly sealed tin, jar, plastic tub or bag away from light in a cool, dry place. To make a cup of tea, boil one cup of water, remove from the heat and add 1 teaspoon of your special dandelion infused herb tea. Cover and allow to steep for 10 to 15 minutes, strain, add honey, cream, or lemon; drink and be rejuvenated!

Now that you got these 6 Cool Foods, you're going to be cooler than ever for this summer. Be cool!