500 Calories Set Meal: Vegetables That Cool Your Body

What Are Vegetables That Cool Your Body?

Vegetables that cool your body are great to be eaten during hot summer months. Do you know any vegetables that cool your body?

First of all, think about vegetables that can be grown and harvested in your backyard during summer. Tomatoes and cucumbers are the vegetables that cool your body. Another way to identify vegetables that cool your body is how they grow. Vegetables that grow above ground will cool your body. For example, lettuce and spinach will cool your body. Finally, leafy vegetables that are white, green and dark green will cool your body.

Here is a list of some of the vegetables that cool your body when eaten.

  • Lettuce
  • Cabbage, including Napa cabbage
  • Spinach
  • Japanese leafy greens, such as Komatsuna
  • Cucumber
  • Tomato
  • Celery
  • Bean Sprouts
  • Eggplant
  • Bitter Melon
  • Okra

Are Vegetables That Cool Your Body Good For You?

Vegetables that cool your body will help you when you lost your energy because of the heat. But, it is not a good idea to keep eating those vegetables during summer. Balance is important! Remember, keeping your body warm improves the metabolism and immune systems. Therefore, it works great for diet.

You do not have to buy many vegetables to accommodate both. Why? Those vegetables that cool your body down can be transformed to vegetables that warm up your body. How? You may already be doing it. It is pressing, fermenting, and heating! For example, Napa cabbage can be pressed to make Asazuke (Japanese pickles), fermented to make Kimchi (Korean pickles), or heated to make a stir-fried dish.

Let’s cook 500 calories set meal with vegetables that cool your body!

500 Calories Set Meal: Stir-fried Pork Kimchi

Total 472 Calories

Main: Pork Kimchi Stir Fry

Side 1: Tofu Cucumber Tomato Salad

Side 2: Celery and Cucumber salad

Soup: Cold Okra Corn Soup

Steamed Mixed Grain Rice

All recipes are made for 2 servings. This printable recipe box will allow you to change the serving size to adjust the recipe.

pork kimchi stir fry
Main: Pork Kimchi Stir Fry

218 Calories

Kimchi is must-have food for Korean people. The main ingredient is Napa cabbage. Napa cabbage is no longer a vegetable that cool your body because it is fermented! Kimchi is almost like Japanese Asazuke (lightly pickled Napa cabbage), but in a spicy way. Believe me Kimchi is popular in Japan. They are normally mild enough for children and elderly people to eat. Even my mom eats because it’s healthy, of course!

Kimchi has so many health benefits. It has lactic acid bacteria that reaches to intestine and regulate the function. Plant base lactic acid bacteria is stronger than animal base lactic acid bacteria. For example, Kimchi contains 100 times more lactic acid bacteria than yogurt.

It contains good amount of vitamins, mineral, amino acids and dietary fiber. The back stage ingredients are garlic, ginger, green onions, and red pepper powder. They should be recognized for their supporting roles. They are medicinal plants that help to strengthen the immune systems. Red pepper powder contains spicy component called capsaicin. It stimulates nerves of the brain and promotes brown fat tissue. When brown fat tissue becomes active, not only it improves the metabolism, but also make the body to be prone to lose weight!

Kimchi helps to prevent from spiking the blood sugar and storing fat in the body. No wonder Korean people eat rice with Kimchi. It is so versatile, you can eat with rice, noodles, and even bread!

Kimchi can be purchased at the grocery store. It is normally located in the produce refrigerator section. Or you can make a trip to an Asian store for more varieties.

pork kimchi stir fry
Pork Kimchi Stir Fry
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218 calories
Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
pork kimchi stir fry
Pork Kimchi Stir Fry
Print Recipe
218 calories
Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Cut onion and pork into thin strips.
    pork kimchi stir fry step (1)
  2. Combine sugar, salt, sesame seeds, and sesame oil in bowl.
    pork kimchi stir fry step (2)
  3. Add pork and onion into the bowl and mix well. Leave it for 15 minutes.
    pork kimchi stir fry step (3)
  4. Stir fry in pan.
    pork kimchi stir fry step (4)
  5. Add Kimchi and cook for a few more minutes.
    pork kimchi stir fry step (5)
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tofu cucumber tomato salad
Side 1: Tofu Cucumber Tomato Salad

53 Calories

Japanese people like to eat Hiyayako. It is a cold tofu dish with topping. Just like a baked potato with topping. Typical topping is grated ginger, minced green onion, bonito flakes and soy sauce. Why don’t I make salad out of it with vegetables that cool your body? It turns out tofu salad is more colorful. It’s prettier and healthier, too!

tofu cucumber tomato salad
Tofu Cucumber Tomato Salad
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53 calories
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
tofu cucumber tomato salad
Tofu Cucumber Tomato Salad
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53 calories
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Dice tofu, cucumber and tomato.
    tofu cucumber tomato sald step
  2. Place lettuce, tofu, cucumber, and tomato in order.
  3. Sprinkle bonito flakes and pour Ponzu when you serve.
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celery and cucumber salad
Side 2: Celery and Cucumber Salad

23 Calories

One of vegetables that cool your body is celery. So why is celery served with chicken wings? Is it because you get break from spicy food? Or because it is filling to make up for the small meat portion from the chicken wings? Besides vegetables sticks, you have less chance to eat raw celery. Celery and cucumber, these ordinary vegetables make a wonderful dish. And it is an easy fix. This dish goes with a spicy food like Pork Kimchi Stir Fry.

celery and cucumber salad
Celery and Cucumber Salad
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23 calories
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
celery and cucumber salad
Celery and Cucumber Salad
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23 calories
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Slice celery in diagonal against grain. Slice cucumber.
    celery cucumber salad step 1
  2. Mix mayo and soy sauce in bowl.
    celery cucumber salad step 2
  3. Add vegetables in the bowl. Mix well and leave it for 30 minutes before serving.
    celery cucumber salad step 3
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cold okra corn soup
Soup: Cold Okra Corn Soup

18 Calories

Have you seen okra flower? It’s comes with large soft yellow peddles and looks ornamental. When you slice okra, it has a star shape. It’s slimy but fun food. When you put in soup, it thickens the liquid. You don’t even need potato starch to make it happen.

Okra is a summer vegetable and of course one of the vegetables that cool your body. In addition, okra has great benefits for your diet. The slimy texture called pectin is soluble dietary fiber. Not only it works for intestinal environment but also it slows down sugar absorbed into the body. People who tend to gain weight because blood sugar level range fluctuates. Okra prevents from the fluctuation. Okra also contains beta-carotene which is antioxidant. Furthermore it contains vitamin B1 and vitamin B2 that promote the metabolism.

Roll okra over salt before washing. The step is to remove thin hair and pointy texture outside (it means they are fresh!). It also removes green raw taste. Do not cut before washing or boiling. Don’t let the precious soluble dietary fiber run away!

cold okra corn soup
Cold Okra Corn Soup
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18 calories
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
cold okra corn soup
Cold Okra Corn Soup
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18 calories
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Instructions
  1. Roll okra over salt to remove outer texture. Boil water in large measuring cup. Add okra and leave for one minute. Drain.
    cold okra soup step 1
  2. Slice okra after cooling down. Add okra, corn, dashi and soy sauce into cup.
    cold okra soup step 2
  3. Place in refrigerator for a few hours before serving.
    cold okra soup step 3
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Steamed Mixed Grain Rice
Steamed Mixed Grain Rice
160 calories

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