Howdy? How are you enjoying the very first heat wave? Well, at least Ontario is sizzling HOT right now!
To be honest with you, I am not much of a heat lover. Unless it comes with an ocean, clean beach and a mojito.
This temperature actually makes me miss the hockey rinks...
That's why today I decided to quickly share my top 3 foods that keep me cool in a heat wave.
...and I am pretty sure your mind is now drifting towards ice cream, lemonades or other frozen delights. But it's not that at all!
1. Watery fruits (or better yet, veggies!)
The absolute necessity in summer weather is to stay hydrated. I think we all know that. Water is the most basic and most important element that keeps us healthy. Not only is used up by every cell to deliver nutrients and remove waste, but serves also as a communication medium carrying messages all over our bodies. Enjoying watery fruits and vegetables in the heat not only helps you stay hydrated, but also provides you with a boost of natural electrolytes lost by perspiration and that in turn helps your body maintain a healthy pH. Great choices to enjoy are cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, celery, watermelons, fresh coconuts and citrus fruits.
2. Spicing things up
If you are not getting upset yet about me asking you to eat so much veggies, things will probably get heated between us just about now. 🙂 Well, of course I am talking about hot spices like all kinds of hot peppers (where was YOUR mind going with this?) 😉 Have you ever noticed that the cultures from the hottest places on the planet also enjoy the most spicy dishes? And you know why? Because hot spices actually COOL your BODY DOWN! Yup! By promoting perspiration they help your internal thermostat expel the excess heat through your skin. So, how about spicing things up?!
3. The Chill Pill. In a liquid
Turn off the stove and enjoy a green smoothie or... a cold soup. Back home we call them "coolers" and they are a summer treat on hot days. Basically just a blend of yoghurt and veggies. They require no effort at all and can be made with basic ingredients and a blender. Check out the recipe below for an example!
And don't forget to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water!
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- 1 medium beet root, peeled and cubed
- 1/2 cup of quality broth
- 1 cup of greek yoghurt or kefir
- 1 lemon (juice of)
- spring of fresh mint
- salt, pepper to taste
- Place beet in the blender.
- Add remaining ingredients and blend on high until well combined (1-2 minutes).
- Plate and garnish with: cut up radishes, cucumbers, more mint leaves or dill weed.
- Serve with a hard boiled egg.
- Some people like to cook beets first, but I find it unnecessary. If you'd like you can add about 1/2 of canned chickpeas (either to blender or to garnish) to make it more filling, but I find that during the hot days the need for filling is decreased.