I don’t know what the weather is like in your corner of the world, but where I live we’ve been dealing with 90 and 100+ degree temps, with no rain. We have a brown, crunchy lawn and wilty flowers. While my family does seek relief with air conditioning and a swim in our pool, we also enjoy other ways to keep cool.
Here are our favorite ways to beat the heat without having to turn on the A.C. or don a swimsuit.
Make no mistake, water is the most important thing you can take into your body on a hot summer day, and nothing will cool you better. Without water you will become dehydrated, and might even get heat stroke. Water helps to keep your body temperature at a healthy level.
Take your drinking water to a luxurious level by making “spa water.” Fill a pitcher of filtered water with ice, cucumber slices and lemon slices. Drink it while lounging poolside and you’ll feel like you’re undergoing a day of pampering.
As soon as you buy watermelon, slice it up, put it in an airtight container and place it to chill in the fridge. Watermelon is delicious, quenches the thirst and even has medicinal properties. It’s rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants, and helps to reduce inflammation, and even aids those who suffer from asthma.
When my son and his friends are running around in the backyard, stopping to enjoy a slice of ice cold watermelon, while sitting at the table on our back deck cools them off and rejuvenates them for the next round of playing.
Check out Diana’s Watermelon Limeade for a truly refreshing beverage.
3. Iced Coffee
Iced coffee is a favorite summer drink as it means we can have our coffee and drink it too. I use leftover coffee from the morning, but if the weather is too hot I go for decaf as the caffeine can cause dehydration. My family prefers soy milk to regular milk and vanilla soy milk adds a little flavor to iced coffee. Enjoy it out on your back deck while reading a good book or catching up on your magazine subscriptions.
Is there anyone who doesn’t enjoy lemonade? Made right, it’s a delicious treat that will cool off the hottest of days. Add strawberry or raspberry syrup for flavored lemonade or add iced team for an Ng family favorite – Lemonade Iced Tea.
To really cool off, add the juice of a couple of real lemons (so it won’t get too diluted) and a bunch of ice and toss in a blender for frozen lemonade, add rum for a icy grown up treat.
5. Homemade Ice Pops
Growing up, my mom made ice pops using Kool Aid and ice pop molds. I prefer healthier drinks for my family and use fruit juices to make our own ice pops. My 8 year old and his friends enjoy making different flavored ice pops to enjoy.
When I was a kid back in the day, my family cooled off at dinner time by eating dinner under the shade of an old maple tree. As we didn’t have air conditioning, we ate foods that weren’t too heavy, because heavy foods just made us feel hot and bloated. As a result we ate lots of grilled foods and salads. We ate Traditional salads, pasta salads, tuna salad, egg salad and potato salads. They were made in advanced and cooled to perfection. My family doesn’t eat so many “mayonaisy” type salads but we do enjoy cool salads on a sultry day.
7. Ice Cream
Whether you buy it in the supermarket, head for the ice cream parlor, flag down the truck or make your own, ice cream is everyone’s favorite summer treat. Mr. Ng likes to make mint chocolate chip ice cream with our ice cream maker using a vanilla ice cream recipe and adding chopped bits of Andes Mints. It’s delicious – even Grandma D. approves.
Mix vanilla ice cream with some left over coffee and blend for a frozen coffee treat or freeze ice cream between two big cookies for ice cream sammiches.
Smoothies are our summer breakfast. Low fat Vanilla yogurt, berries, mango, kiwi, banama, pineapple, and peaches plus some ice make a cool, nutritious meal everyone enjoys. Add carrots and no one will know the difference.
My family doesn’t know this but I also toss in a handful of flax seed (not too much or the smoothie will turn thick and lumpy) and Omega-3 fish oil for some healthy brain food. If I’m making breakfast smoothies to order, I’ll grind in each person’s respective vitamins.
9. Iced Tea
I prefer my iced tea brewed and unsweetened as I find today’s “Sweet Teas” way to sweet for my liking. I also choose flavored herbal teas such as peach or raspberry to make Sun Tea. We put about a dozen tea bags in a clear gallon jug and leave in the sun to brew. For a grownup treat add a splash or rum or vodka.
10. Frozen Grapes
Place a bunch of grapes in the freezer for two or three hours, when you retrieve them you’ll have a sweet snack. This is a Weight Watcher trick I learned. When I want to nosh, I suck on some frozen grapes instead. They’re sweet, cool and keep my mouth busy so I don’t over indulge. Kids enjoy frozen grapes as well.
What are some of your favorite cool, summery treats?
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