Diet for a Hot Planet

Particularly cooling foods to nibble, slurp or sip during a heat wave:
Watermelon
Other melons: honeydew, cantaloupe, casaba
Cucumber
Celery
Jicama
Radish or daikon
Fresh mint leaves or iced mint tea
Young coconut water
Raw non-starchy fruits and vegetables (sliced or as salads)
Raw vegetable or fruit juices

Avoid: Alcohol and caffeine (they dehydrate you), dairy, meat, nuts, spices (warming)

Drink lots of pure water, of course. That’s your main line of defense against heat exhaustion.

One recipe that employs many of the cooling foods is Vietnamese Fresh Summer Rolls. Here are two appealing recipes I found on the net:

Mango Shrimp Summer Rolls (time consuming but gourmet)

Vietnamese Fresh Summer Rolls

A word about living with high temperatures from the Department of Health Services of the state of Arizona

Ayurvedic medical advice on cooling summer foods, herbs and activities.