Looking for a natural, nutritional way to cool down during the hot days of July and August? Foods that are water dense work as natural coolers. Here are 10 foods to keep on hand to help you beat the heat.


Herbal iced tea (not caffeinated iced tea — caffeine can heat you up)

Green salads


Raw cucumbers

Corn on the cob


Cooked rice

Tzatziki, a Greek cucumber yogurt dip, is perfect for dipping raw vegetables

Gazpacho, cold tomato and cucumber soup

This, of course, isn't an exhaustive list. What foods do you find best keep you cool in the summer?

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

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