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HOT WEATHER? COOL FOOD

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 leaf.

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 thesupermarket or simply add cheese or ham.

Another excellent way to keep cool is to leave the cleaning tothe professional house cleaning experts at MOLLY MAID so that youhave more time and energy to do the things you enjoy the most thissummer.