Deal with Summer Heat

Here in my third post (!!), I’m going to talk about my favorite way to cool off in the summer heat.

So I’m having a mini preview of summer right now as my area is going through a major heat wave. I mean weather up in the 90’s. And up to 100.

Huh. Reading back, maybe this isn’t all that hot for some people. But the weather here is typically lower. And it spoiled me. So there.
Anywaaays. Whether you’re going through major heat or minor heat, here is my favorite way to deal. 🙂

Ice! In all forms!

picture of ice cubes

Don’t you feel cooler already?

In hot weather, I love ice. Ice is my best friend. We’re like two wheels on a bicecycle. (AHA. . . ha . Oh and I misspelled that on purpose)

If you simply want pure ice, I like ice chips. Ice chips are a little different than ice cubes because they’re thinner and easier to chew. The way I make them is I freeze about a centimeter high layer of water on a flexible tray (like a baking tray). After it freezes, typically 40-60 minutes, I twist the baking tray around to break up the ice chips. Then I can just pick them up and munch away. 🙂

I also put tons of ice in my drinks. Speaking of drinks, fresh coconut juice. MMMH. It is insanely. . .  refreshing! Buy a young coconut and cut it open and plink some ice cubes in and Phew! Major cooloff.
🙂 Afterwards you can also eat the coconut meat which is very healthy!

Also, ICE CREAM. In any flavor. Any flavor at all. Need I say more?

Oh a tip for putting ice in drinks or juices: freeze the juice in an ice cube tray and then use those as ice cubes! Or juice cubes! Do I make sense? This helps solve the problem of ice melting quickly in the hot weather and making the rest of the drink a watery, tasteless shadow of its former frosty glory.
(note that some types of juice freeze into a more sherbet texture rather than solid ice)

And then there’s froyo. ❤ I like to frequent my home away from home, Pinkberry! They have delicious frozen yogurt in a lot of flavors, plus nice and refreshing toppings (think tons of berries and fruits). They also let you try little samples to help you pick a flavor. My personal favorites are mango and chocolate hazelnut.

image of pinkberry froyo

Photo creds to Simon Doggett of Flickr

Last, but definitely not least, are frozen berries. They’re simple to make. Just put some berries in the freezer and enjoy! Remember to cut bigger fruits into mini slices and remove the top from the strawberry. If the berries are too frozen coming out of the freezer, you can let them thaw for ~10 min. They also taste great over yogurt (may I recommend Greek?).

Coconuts and ice cream and froyo? I make myself hungry.

Alright now, be cool! Stay frosty! Chill out!