Don’t drink a hot cup of coffee & then complain how hot you are! If you need the caffeine to wake up, try iced coffee or iced tea. Or do it the Southern way & have a coke! As a last resort you can take a caffeine pill (No Doz or the generic equivalent) with ice water. Use ice in your drinks & stir well to cool off the drink faster.
When you are really hot treat yourself to the popsicle, snow cone, or slushie. Smoothies are fun to make & are even healthier. I love the Skinny Cow brand of frozen treats. They are about 100 calories each & taste great.
Summer is called salad days for a reason. I like salads with cold, cooked chicken on top. So I grill a bunch of chicken at a time & freeze what I’m not using right away. It makes for a quick whole meal salad whenever I like. You can do the same with other meats that you like on top of salads.
You might try using a toaster oven instead of your big oven when you really need to bake something. It uses less heat because it’s only heating up a small space. It releases less heat into the room than a big oven too.
If you use a crockpot, put it in the basement or garage to keep the heat out of the main part of your house. If you have a closed-in porch, the crockpot can be put there too.
Have cold sandwiches often. Again, you can use meat that you previously cooked & froze. I can easily make meat in the crockpot & freeze the leftovers in serving size portions. We like pita sandwiches because you can put any cold tuna or meat in them with just about any fresh veggies and lettuce and some dressing. It always seems to turn out great.
Serve cold or frozen desserts & snacks. Ice cream, sherbet, sorbet, gelato, frozen pudding sandwiches, frozen yogurt, etc. all taste wonderful.
To be even more healthy freeze fresh fruit. Wash & freeze grapes to make great-tasting “grape popsicles”–they taste sweeter than the same grapes unfrozen! Make your own fruit popsicles with fresh fruit mixed with fruit juice. You can use whatever combinations you like!
Canned salmon or leftover grilled salmon is great cold on crackers. We have it with hard boiled eggs, lettuce, and some cheese for a nice cold supper. A Salad Nicoise with tuna is also great.
We like a fresh cottage cheese salad. Just mix cottage cheese with fruits, nuts, and possibly some yogurt. This is a very refreshing meal that is quick to fix.
Don’t forget cold soups, like gazpacho. Salsa with corn & rinsed black beans added make a quick, easy, & great appetizer meal with tortilla chips for a night when you are just too hot to cook!
For more cold foods and drinks, click on the labels below this post. I hope you find some you’ll like well enough to add to your summer menu rotation. Stay cool!