The oppressively hot weather usually has us running to the nearest neighborhood pool or even just the closest air-conditioned room 鈥 not our fridge. But there are plenty of natural (and yummy) ways to chill out this summer. As we sweat the days away, juicy, water-filled fruits and vegetables can help rehydrate the body and in turn, work as internal coolants 鈥 and we鈥檙e not about to pass up treats that are both tasty and utilitarian. Jenni Bourque and Mirna Sharafeddine, registered holistic nutritionists and the founders of Naughty Nutrition, a website dedicated to science-based health solutions that are realistic as well as tasty, dished to us how they stay cool as cucumbers (and watermelons, and berries鈥 ) during even the most sweltering summer months.

Carafes of fruit-infused water

1. Watermelon: No surprise here, but watermelon contains tons of water. In fact, it鈥檚 90 percent water. And the other 10 percent is chock full of vitamins A and C, antioxidants, and potassium, making it not only hydrating but healthy. 鈥淲e often forget how much water we lose from our bodies in the summer heat, and watermelon is one way to naturally cool and replenish without having to chug a big bottle of water,鈥 Sharafeddine says. She recommends using the melon in chilled desserts and beverages such as popsicles and slushies for a snack beyond your typical wedge o鈥 watermelon.

2. Cucumber: If you鈥檙e looking for an invigorating munchie or even a cooling makeover, cucumbers are the cure. Like watermelon, cucumbers are about 90 percent water and contain electrolyte-balancing minerals such as potassium and magnesium. 鈥淐ucumber is one of those foods that not only hydrates but can also be applied as a refreshing mask to the face and body to help cool and hydrate the skin,鈥 Bourque notes. Double the hydration by infusing your water with cucumbers, which she claims is one of the best ways to enjoy them. Or simply toss a few crisp rounds into a smoothie or salad.

3. Tropical Fruits: There鈥檚 a reason we gravitate toward guavas, papayas, and mangoes during the summer months. 鈥淭hese fruits are literally grown in temperatures that are extreme all year long; they were designed for heat waves,鈥 Sharafeddine explains. 鈥淭hey鈥檙e totally satisfying when you鈥檙e feeling hot.鈥 Thankfully, these fruits don鈥檛 just withstand the heat; they鈥檙e packed with vitamins and minerals and are majorly sweet. Sharafeddine says a cheaper way to enjoy these produce items is by purchasing them frozen and blending them with coconut milk for a truly tropical smoothie.

4. Lemon: Lemons are a solid solution to high temps. 鈥淭he good old-fashioned lemon is one of the most underrated ways to stay cool during a heatwave,鈥 Bourque says. 鈥淏ut really, the versatility of lemons is astonishing.鈥 Lemons are refreshing, loaded with vitamin C, and considered an alkaline food, rather than acidic, once digested. Tame the fruit鈥檚 tartness in summer-friendly desserts such as cheesecakes and sorbets. Or squeeze them into your water for a makeshift, calorie-conscious lemonade.

5. Berries: All your faves 鈥 blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and cranberries 鈥 have a cooling effect on the body, and we鈥檙e *berry* excited about it. According to Sharafeddine, berries are considered cooling foods in traditional Chinese medicine and contain high amounts of vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber (which 鈥 bonus!鈥 keeps the digestive system healthy). Berries, based on their range of flavors, can be enjoyed in a slew of recipes. 鈥淵ou can pretty much add berries to anything: your smoothie, yogurt, or oatmeal,鈥 Sharafeddine says. 鈥淢ake berry sorbet or popsicles, or 鈥 our favorite way 鈥 just eat them whole like candy.鈥

What are your favorite fruits and veggies for keeping cool in the summer? Let us know @BritandCo.

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