The past days, I really had trouble to just stand in the kitchen and cook a simple meal. I can’t believe how the summer heat and steaming temperatures manage to affect my appetite to the worse and to destroy my otherwise oh so wonderful relationship towards food. Even hopping over to my fellow favorite food blogs isn’t helping much. There I am, reading and imagining the written words, a slight hunger feeling creeping up while staring at the most wonderful dishes in the world. I want to eat, I love to eat but one bite of any of my favorite dishes and I start to feel sick, repulsed. It’s as if the appetite is turned off in the heat or kept on stand by.
Again not eating won’t bring me anywhere, a solution is needed to survive the day, to keep my good health stable. To adapt and manage the situation, I came up with several useful and delicious recipes, which helped us to keep our diet balanced and to overcome the humid steaming days. Most of those dishes are uncooked since I try to avoid standing in the kitchen and those dishes are mostly salads, home made beverages and cold light snacks.
Eating habits change when your body temperature increases, as result you tend to eat smaller food portions but frequent meals throughout the day. My husband for example began a habit of eating every 2 hours starting with his breakfast. The main meal portions come close to a normal sized meal. The inbetween meals are much smaller such as one, two handfuls of cashew nuts. We found this eating strategy quite useful in the summer. Small portions are easier to digest, which in turn releases less heat.
Not only food, but especially liquids are essential to keep us turning into raisins. Of course water is a daily must for us all, without it nothing would work in this world. The ones who have it are in a way rich, some of us don’t have the luxury to drink right out of the tab. Besides Water we have the existence of refreshing, sweet, nutritious fruits. I love fresh pressed Fruit juice, dont you too? A “Good morning”ABC Juice, a Watermelon Juice to replenish your liquids, some Wheatgrass Juice after food and Coconut Water just after Work out. Thats what my days look like most of the time. But resently I was getting bored of my juice plan, a little change was required. Thats when I remembered an old juice recipe of mine, which I had named fittingly “The Red Cooler”.
I had created it for our restaurant customers, who enjoyed it quite a bit, even during the other seasons. You look at it and you think how the hell this flame red drink could possibly cool you, but then you take a sip and you immediately feel relieved, and at peace. The main ingredient is the hydrating Watermelon, the redder it is the more intense it will taste. An other important add in are cool, fresh mint leaves, plus I couldn’t help myself and had to create an exciting twist by throwing in some raspberry Syrup.
So, now I have shared with you one of my favorite revitalizing Juices. You are allowed and welcome to share the goodness of the juice with others, I am giving you the permission!
- ~1½ kilograms red Watermelon
- 1 handful fresh Mint leaves
- 45 milliliter Raspberry Syrup
- Cut the Watermelon and remove all the seeds first. Cut the fruit into bite size chunks and rinse the freshly picked Mint leaves.
- Blend and extract Juice of all the ingredients mixed together. Before serving it cooled, strain the juice well!
Dear reader, what do you do to beat the heat?
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