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Beat the Heat: Thrill of the Chill!

Summer is upon us and with the rising temperatures, it’s essential to think about not just staying hydrated but also incorporating foods that help regulate our body temperature. As Leslie Bonci, host of Active Eating Advice w/Leslie Bonci, aptly pointed out, “Hydration never takes a vacation.”

In the video above, Leslie covers these drink and food strategies:

Hydration Essentials:

Daily Fluid Intake: Women should aim for at least four and a half 20-pound bottles while men should opt for six bottles. And if you’re spending a day outdoors or involved in sporting activities, the requirement goes up!

Water and Beyond: It’s not just about water. Hydration can come from various sources including caffeine, milk, juice, and seltzer water. If you find plain water bland, try infusing it with leftover fruits like oranges, lemons, or strawberries.

Frozen Delights: Frozen fruits and popsicles aren’t just treats, they’re fluid sources. Smoothies, blending fruits with milk or yogurt, also offer a refreshing hydration alternative.

Juicy Fruits: Summer fruits like watermelon and citrus fruits are not only delicious but also great hydration sources.

Cool Meals for Hot Days:

Bean Mix: A mix of black beans, corn, red pepper, and edamame offers a balance of protein and carbohydrates. Wrap it in a tortilla for a quick meal.

Greek Delight: A Suzuki-inspired dish made of Greek yogurt, dill, garlic, and cucumber can be paired with salmon or used as a dip.

Chilled Pasta: Pasta doesn’t always need to be hot. A caprese pasta salad with mozzarella, tomato, and basil is a delicious cold alternative.

Refreshing Salads: A one-bowl salad with lettuce, roasted potatoes, chicken, and other veggies can be both fulfilling and cooling.

In conclusion, staying hydrated and opting for meals that are light and refreshing can make summer more enjoyable. It’s not just about quenching thirst, but also nourishing our bodies in a way that complements the season. Remember, while the summer sun might be hot, your diet can be deliciously cool!

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