5 Cool Ways to Beat the Heat

It’s official: Summer is here. As the temperatures start to soar, you may be looking for ways to beat the heat. Sure, you can sit inside and blast the AC, but we’ve waited all winter long for the warm weather. Enjoy the great outdoors without overheating using these delicious ways to cool off.

Sip Water

Of course, water is always the best, most accessible and most diet-friendly way to cool down. About 60 percent of your body is water, so it’s no wonder you need it to function efficiently (this includes things like digestion and metabolism).

How much do you need? The average woman needs about 9 cups of fluids per day; for men, it bumps up to 13 cups, according to the Institute of Medicine. Very athletic individuals and people who live in super hot climates require even more. Sounds like a lot, but it adds up quickly and all fluids count toward this goal (including the milk in your cereal, as well as coffee and tea).

Eat Your Water

You can sip your water… or you can eat it. Opting for water-rich foods in the summer can help hydrate you and keep hunger in check, too. Try cucumbers (96 percent water), cantaloupe (95 percent water), watermelon (92 percent water), and honeydew (90 percent water). Most fruits are a good source of water, so feel free to enjoy your favorites. You could even try freezing them—frozen cherries, berries, grapes, mango cubes, banana rounds, peach slices, and pineapple chunks hit the spot on hot, humid days.

Get a Flavor Fix

Not a fan of plain old H2O? Flavor it with cucumber slices, lemon, lime, or mint. They are all delicious and add virtually no calories to your glass. If you like fizz, try naturally flavored seltzer. Look for brands that contain no added sugar or artificial sweeteners (check labels).

 They're not only refreshing, but it may also help ease aches and pains thanks to the tart cherries and ginger, both of which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory powers.

Enjoy Teatime

Nothing beats a big glass of chilly iced tea on a hot day. It’s so refreshing, and depending on what you add to your glass, it can be loaded with flavor. 

Whip Up a Chilly Treat

Skip the ice cream shop and make your own frozen goodies at home. It’s incredibly easy to do and so much healthier—you’ll save yourself fat, calories, sugar… and cash, too.

To make fruit pops—a treat that both kids and adults will love—all you need are pop molds, which you can find at most home good stores. Or you can make your own using small paper cups and ice pop sticks. 

If ice cream is your chilly treat of choice, then go for various flavors. Explore with different ingredients—mix in peanut butter, raspberries or semi-sweet chips, for instance. Or create ice cream sandwiches. 

By Joy Bauer, MS, RDN, CDN, Health and Nutrition Expert for NBC’s Today Show and founder of Nourish Snacks. Joy’s latest book is From Junk Food to Joy Food.

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