As temperatures are rising this month and we’re all eagerly awaiting the summer holidays, it got me thinking about how we can stay cool in the heat. During the winter months, we rely on soups, stews and rich comfort food to keep our bodies warm. Right now we need to switch our grocery shopping and cooking around to lighter and fresher meals. Here are my top 3 tips to stay cool this summer so you can stay cool and happy all season long.
- Stay hydrated. This is the number one rule of the summer. As we are more active and sweat more, we need to stay well hydrated every day. Increase the number of glasses of water you drink or try a green juice or smoothie. Coconut water is also very hydrating. Just try to steer clear of iced coffee, soda and alcohol which you may think are refreshing but are actually very dehydrating.
- Eat lighter meals, especially salads and chilled soups. What I love about the summer is not having to use my oven so much. You can make hearty salads like my massaged kale salad or Greek holiday in a bowl and add some smoked salmon or sardines on the side. Why not make a big batch of gazpacho too for lunch throughout the week? Cooling snacks such as watermelon, grapefruit and cucumbers are perfect to beat the summer heat.
- Eat smaller portions. I’m sure you don’t feel like sitting down to a roast dinner or huge curry in the summer. Lighter meals and lots of cooling snacks will hydrate you and give you energy throughout the day.
What are you favorite ways to cool down naturally with food or drink over the summer? I’d love to hear your tips!