Healthier Ways to Cool Down this Summer

Alexa Peduzzi

Published on August 16th, 2016

Healthier Ways to Cool Down This Summer

Ah, summer - the season of sunshine, vacations, and crazy-hot weather. There are so many healthy ways to stay cool this season other than driving to the local ice cream shop for a scoop (or, let's be serious, three scoops). Summer is bountiful in fruits and vegetables that can keep you cool and hydrate you during these warm months; here are some creative ways to use up all that summer has to offer.

  1. Fruity Popsicles
    Is there a better (or more beautiful) way to keep cool than with a colorful popsicle?! Once you grab yourself a popsicle mold, you can create a frozen pop full of the flavors of summer. Try adding fruit for sweetness, vegetables for nutrients, herbs for a fresh bite, or a splash of alcohol for the adults.
    Recipes to try: Natural Fruit and Veggie Rainbow Popsicles from Yummy Mummy Kitchen and Fruity Rainbow Froyo Pops from How Sweet It Is

  2. Flavored Water/Lemonade
    Love pink lemonade? How about flavored water? There's no need to buy the sugar-laden pre-packaged drinks from the store to keep cool this summer. Making your own is quick, easy, and fun, and you can customize them to your tastebuds! Try choosing natural sweeteners or fruit over the refined stuff to sweeten the deal.
    Recipes to try: Pink Mint Lemonade from Green Healthy Cooking and Strawberry, Cucumber, Lime, and Mint Flavored Water from Back to Her Roots

  3. Cold Brew/Sun Tea
    Skip the run to the coffee shop and get your caffeine buzz at home! Cold brew is all the rage this summer and is touted as the naturally sweeter cousin of iced coffee. It couldn't be an easier recipe to perfect at home, so there's no excuse to not have a giant glass of the stuff within an arm’s reach during the summer months. Sun Tea is exactly what it sounds like - tea brewed by the warmth of the sun! Make a pitcher of it to keep in your fridge all summer long, and then sweeten to taste once you serve.
    Recipes to try: Perfect Homemade Cold Brew from With Salt and Wit and Sun Tea from Simply Recipes

  4. Raw Meals
    Have you ever had a raw dinner? While salads are typically an easy "raw" go-to, you can also dip into the raw foods movement by making other meals like lasagna to sushi. Raw meals are full of fruits and vegetables, making summer a perfect time to give some of these ideas a go. Raw meals are also vegan, so if you've been interested in trying out a vegan diet, summer is a great time to give it a try!
    Recipes to try: Collard Green Wraps with Spicy Almond Dipping Sauce from Laura Miller and Rainbow Noodles with Spicy Jungle Peanut Sauce from This Rawsome Vegan Life

  5. No-Bake Desserts
    Arguably the best way to stay cool, no-bake desserts are a delicious way to get a little sweet fix without turning on your oven. Cookies, ice cream, bars, bites - they're all a possibility in no-bake form!
    Recipes to try: No-Bake Vegan Brownies with Chocolate Ganache from Minimalist Baker and Raw Almond Butter Cups from Oh She Glows

What's your favorite recipe that keeps you cool in the summer?