Check out our team’s top tips on what to eat and drink during the hot weather…
1Advanced preparation. Mornings are cooler so use this time to cook a few elements in advance that can be chilled in fridge while you’re out enjoying the sunshine (or at work, boo). Try any of these below to make an awesome salad:
- Roasted sweet potato cubes – either plain or with a little of your favourite seasoning
- Boiled new potatoes – Jersey Royals are the best when available
- Steamed green vegetables such as mange tout, sugar snaps and asparagus
- Boiled eggs
- Roasted sweet peppers (remove the skins) and tomatoes
- Grilled aubergine or courgette
- Any kind of grain, quinoa cooked in beetroot or carrot juice is a particular favourite.
Rosé is all the trend this season, so a refreshing spritzer goes perfect with an evening salad.
2Smoothies. Keep some berries and bananas in the freezer, then whizz them together with either a bit of juice or coconut milk to make one of your 5 a day into a super cool and refreshing treat. Even better…turn them into lollipops.
3Iced coffee. We don’t know about you but even on a hot day we still need our caffeine fix! If you have an espresso machine then great, make yourself a double; if not then make yourself a really small, really strong instant shot (if you want sugar, add when it is hot). Pour it over a glass of ice, top up with milk (oat milk is our fave) and have a quick stir. Quick, delicious and without the coffee chain price tag.
4Eat plenty of food high in water, such and watermelon, strawberries and cucumber, as these all help to regulate your core body temperature. Avoid anything spicy or high in saturated fat such as fried food as these can contribute to raising your temperature even higher.
5 H20. Jazz up your water with some fruit, chop it down and pop it into the freezer and use when needed so there is no waste. You will not want to do any of the above if you are dehydrated, feeling terribly lethargic with a headache. Just please think of our pals the turtles and carry a reusable bottle with you rather than single use, disposable plastic.
Stay safe, stay cool and remember this is what winter you was dreaming of!