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When it's too HOT in the kitchen 
tips for summer cooking |
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5 Eat less – it’s your natural inclination anyway – but more often.
Hot weather tends to shrink the appetite … it just takes less food to make you feel full. Forget about your usual routine of eating 2 or 3 square meals a day – make it 5 small grazing sessions instead. Your stomach will be comfortably happy, and it’ll take the pressure off of you to cook a too-involved, full-fledged meal. Just make sure that you’re grazing on healthy foods – fruits, raw veggies, etc. – rather than munching on high-fat, high-sugar snacks.

6 Smoothies make perfect light breakfasts and lunches.
If you don’t already have a blender, I strongly suggest you buy one now. There’s nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than an icy cold, fresh fruit smoothie. Don’t bother running out to your nearest juice bar to waste four dollars just to sate your urge – you can make one in the comfort of your own home for far less dough.

The key is to keep a variety of fresh and frozen fruits on hand at all times. Two that I always keep stocked: bananas (cut some up and freeze them as soon as they’re ripe), and strawberries (freeze your own, or buy the pre-frozen ones at the supermarket). Other ideas for smoothie-friendly fruits: mangos, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, kiwi. I also recommend stocking your freezer with frozen juice concentrate – pineapple or orange juices both taste terrific in smoothies. When a hankering for smoothie hits you, you’ll be prepared: just combine about a cup of fruit with a cup of juice, add a handful of ice cubes (3-4 cubes should do it) and blend away. If it looks too thick, add some more juice; too watery, add some more fruit. You could also add yogurt to the mix, or use milk to make a fruit shake.

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Think cool, think quick, think light, and you’ll enjoy the benefits of eating healthily and well all summer long, without having to be a slave to the stove.


check out these great summer recipes
asian-style summer noodles,
bowtie pasta salad 

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