Cool and Calm: Six Foods for the Sunburnt
When it comes to sunburns, prevention is best, but sometimes you forget to pack the sunscreen or stay out a little too long. You might not feel like cooking or even eating much while recovering from a burn, but it’s important to keep your body healthy and hydrated. Here are six cooling ingredients with delicious – and manageable – dinner, dessert, and drink ideas.
• Barley. Considered a cooling grain in many cultures, barley can be served in summer salads like Roasted Beet Salad with Barley, Feta, and Red Onion, in chilled Yogurt Barley Soup, or even in drinks like Lemon Barley Water and iced Korean Barley Tea.
• Cucumber. While you’re slicing cucumber rounds to soothe your eyelids, make up a batch of cucumber water or juice and whip up a Quick, Cool Cucumber Sauce for Sandwiches and Vegetables. Cucumbers also star in this nutritious, Easy Gazpacho.
• Mung Beans. Mung beans may be used in sweet and savory dishes. Try our recipe for creamy Chè Đậu Xanh (Vietnamese Dessert Soup With Mung Beans), which has the benefits of both mung beans and coconut milk, another purportedly cooling ingredient. Also check out reader tips in More Uses for Mung Beans.
Any other ideas? What do you like to eat or drink while recovering from a sunburn?