Cooling Foods of Summer with Bonus Recipe!

The wise nourish life by flowing with the seasons and adapting to cold or heat, by harmonizing joy and anger in a tranquil dwelling, by balancing yin and yang, and what is hard and soft.
— The Neijing Suwen, an ancient Chinese medical text that has been treated as the fundamental doctrinal source for Chinese medicine for more than two millennia.

We have entered the energetic season of Summer and the Fire element (May 6 to July 9) according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

In the summer, we tend to naturally gravitate to cooling (yin) foods. Now is the time when local cooling organic fruits and vegetables are in abundance. If you eat in harmony with the season, you're going to feel and do better!

The warming and cooling properties of a food have less to do with actual temperature, cooking temperature, spiciness or even individual ingredients—and more to do with the food’s balance and contrast among ingredients and the effect of these on the body when the food is ingested. (

Here's a list of Cooling Foods for the Summer Courtesy of

  1. Apricot
  2. Cantaloupe
  3. Watermelon
  4. Strawberries
  5. Tomatoes
  6. Lemon
  7. Peach
  8. Cucumber
  9. Orange
  10. Asparagus
  11. Sprouts
  12. Bamboo
  13. Bok choy
  14. Broccoli
  15. Chinese cabbage
  16. Corn
  17. White mushroom
  18. Snow peas
  19. Spinach
  20. Summer squash
  21. Watercress
  22. Seaweed
  23. Mung means
  24. Cilantro
  25. Mint
  26. Dill
  27. Bitter gourd
  28. Mung beans
  29. Wax gourd
  30. Lotus root
  31. Lotus seed
  32. Job’s tears
  33. Bean sprouts
  34. Duck
  35. Fish

Watermelon Cooler Recipe

  • 2 cups watermelon flesh
  • 1 cup young Thai coconut water (C2O brand in health food stores is good!)
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • raw blue agave to sweeten and to taste

Run a few seconds in a high speed blender with some ice and enjoy.