When it's hot and humid outside, what you eat and drink can help
cool you down - from the inside out. Here are some interesting tips
from the professional domestic cleaning company, MOLLY MAID.
The most important factor is how you dress: So make sure you are
wearing light clothing in natural materials such as cotton or linen
and find some shade - and now enjoy what's on the menu:
Gazpacho: This tomato-based soup is made with
raw vegetables and served very cold (you don't want to use the hob
when it's hot outside anyway). To make it, combine chopped
tomatoes, red pepper, cucumber and onion in a blender along with
flavourings such as olive oil, jalapeno, garlic, and sherry
vinegar. Blend until smooth, refrigerate - and serve.
Lemonade: Some people say the secret to great
lemonade is using lemons-skins and all. Blending lemons whole
releases the peels' oils, which provide the lemon blast! The best
way to enjoy homemade lemonade is over ice.
Watermelon: The high water content in
watermelon helps your body release heat. Cut up a watermelon and
serve, or press the fruit to make a yummy watermelon juice.
Cucumber: Cucumbers are more than 90 percent
water and also rich in vitamins. Peel a baby cucumber, store in the
fridge - and enjoy it sliced with a bit of salt and pepper for a
healthy and refreshing treat.
Iced tea: This is an all-time North American
summer drink, but one that is making a hit in the UK. The
beauty of it is that it is easy, cheap and healthy to make. Make
your favourite tea (try green tea or mint tea for a delicious
alternative). Let the bags steep for between five and 10 minutes,
then remove them and let the tea cool to room temperature. Have a
quick taste test to see if you need to add a little honey. Transfer
the tea to a different container, cover and refrigerate. To serve,
fill a tall glass with ice, add iced tea, garnish with a mint
Salad: On a hot day, there's nothing more
refreshing than a leafy green salad with juicy tomatoes, sliced
cucumbers, red onions and a light vinaigrette. Green salads contain
mostly water, making them easy to digest and leaving you feeling
cool and energized. If you want to add protein to the meal,
barbecue some chicken or pick up a prepared chicken from the
supermarket or simply add cheese or ham.
Another excellent way to keep cool is to leave the cleaning to
the professional house cleaning experts at MOLLY MAID so that you
have more time and energy to do the things you enjoy the most this