As Summer Draws to a Close…….Some Treats to Help You Stay Cool

Yes, August is speeding by.  Next comes Labor Day, September 4, then school starts.  How do you prepare?  If you are pregnant, you probably will not need warm clothing for the next few months.  My second delivery was a September baby.  I spent the summer in the kids wading pool in the backyard with the hose in one hand and a popsicle in the other.  My OB told me to take long walks in air conditioned malls.  Ha!  There are ways to beat the heat when pregnant, they simply take planning,  These suggestions will work well for you, your kids, elderly family members, and anyone you know of who likes cool!

You know the drill: drink more cold water than you ever thought possible!!!  Hydration for you and your little ones is essential.  Cold water, fruit juice popsicles (you can easily and inexpensively make your own Recipes below!!!), fruit juice cut with ice and cold water (to cut down on your sugar intake), frozen grapes for you (may not be safe for very young children), even a ziplock bag full of ice to hold on to feels good!  Sometimes just holding on to a frozen water bottle will bring your body temperature down and comfort you.  Notice what causes you to overheat.  For me, if my feet are hot my whole body is too warm.  Thus, removing shoes and even sandals and running around barefoot is a must.  Keeping a basin of water close by to submerge your feet when you are warm may be just the thing.  Add ice cubes if needed.  Keep toddlers out of reach.  I find that holding my hands under cold water feels great and helps my body temperature lower quickly.

In order to consume the amount of liquid you need you may want to add some delicious treats.  Adding a few sprigs of mint to your water pitcher may make it more inviting.  There are numerous vitamin additives that will add flavor, making your water a vitamin too.  Remember the delicious green slushy recipe provided earlier in the year?  Yum!!!  You can create your own fruit shake with a blender, some frozen fruit, juice, and ice cubes.  Find what you enjoy most and capitalize on it.  The internet is filled with delicious suggestions for keeping cool.  If you have questions about nutrients and health do not hesitate to ask.  I would love to help you track down the perfect summer cooling goodies for you!

I am so grateful we live in a time of indoor plumbing, refrigerators, and air conditioning!!!  Take several cool showers a day if it helps you be more comfortable.  Visit friends who have air conditioning.  Go to the beach with a large umbrella and lots of sunscreen.  Sit out side in the front or back, where ever the breeze is best.  Avoid high sugar beverages and foods, opting for naturally tasty items.  Below find some delicious suggestions!

KEEP COOL!!!!!!  JUDY

 

Mint-Melon Pops

Photo: Sang An

Mint-Melon Pops

Mint-Melon Pops Recipe
Use popsicle molds or small paper cups to make these tart warm-weather treats. Using fresh fruit instead of bottled juice reduces the amount of sugar in the chilly snack, making it a naturally kid-friendly choice.

 

Coconut Lime Chia Pudding Pops
Photo: Thomas J. Story

Coconut Lime Chia Pudding Pops

Coconut Lime Chia Pudding Pops
Cool-down with a nutritious and creamy, summer treat. Don’t have a popsicle mold? That’s ok. Use a mason jar! Mix ingredients in a small mason jar, shake, add crushed raspberries, a spoonful of chia pudding, and freeze until solid, 4 to 5 hours. Not only is this method mess-free but it’s also super cute!Coconut Lime Chia Pudding Pops Recipehttp://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/coconut-lime-chia-pudding-pops

Cool-down with a nutritious and creamy, summer treat. Don’t have a popsicle mold? That’s ok. Use a mason jar! Mix ingredients in a small mason jar, shake, add crushed raspberries, a spoonful of chia pudding, and freeze until solid, 4 to 5 hours. Not only is this method mess-free but it’s also super cute!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 2 (14-oz.) cans coconut milk, well shaken
  • 4 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 2 limes, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup crushed raspberries

How to Make It

Step 1: Put chia seeds, 1 can coconut milk, and agave nectar in a large mason jar or other closed container and shake well. Chill, shaking periodically, until liquid has mostly been absorbed and mixture has a pudding-like texture.

Step 2: In a large measuring cup with a spout, whisk lime zest and juice, remaining can coconut milk, sugar, and shredded coconut until sugar is dissolved.

Step 3: Pour 1 to 2 tablespoons of mixture into 3-oz. popsicle molds, then drop in a couple of crushed raspberries, then add a spoonful of chia pudding. Repeat until molds are full. Insert popsicle sticks in molds and freeze until solid, 4 to 5 hours.

 

Triple-decker Citrus Popsicles

Triple-decker Citrus Popsicles

Triple-decker Citrus Popsicles Recipe

Serve a treat that’s as pretty as it is tasty. The trick to this pop’s tri-colored look is simple: freeze the first layer alone for 45 minutes, then add a second layer and freeze again, and finish with the third. Freeze the complete pop overnight to keep it solid even in the sun’s hottest rays.

Ingredients:

1 cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice (from 2 to 3 blood oranges)  1 cup freshly squeezed tangerine juice (from 3 to 4 large tangerines)  1 cup freshly squeezed white grapefruit juice (from 1 to 2 grapefruit)  About 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar   1 to 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Directions:

Step 1

Taste the blood orange juice. Add 2 tbsp. sugar and 1 tsp. lemon juice and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Taste again to see if it has the right sweetness and tartness for you, bearing in mind that, when frozen, the juice will taste more subdued; add up to 1 tbsp. sugar and 1 tsp. lemon juice if needed. Repeat with tangerine and grapefruit juices, using the same range of sugar and lemon juice for each.

Step 2

Fill each of 8 popsicle molds (see Notes) 1/3 full with blood orange juice and freeze, making sure they’re level and upright, until firm to the touch, about 45 minutes.

Step 3

Fill each mold 1/3 more with tangerine juice and freeze just until firm to the touch, another 45 minutes. Carefully insert sticks, leaving 1 1/2 to 2 inches of each sticking out. Freeze until sticks feel solidly anchored, about 45 minutes.

Step 4

Fill each mold to top with grapefruit juice, cover, and freeze 2 hours or overnight.

Step 5

To unmold, run warm water over the individual molds just until popsicles release from sides, 5 to 15 seconds.

Step 6

Note: Nutritional analysis is per popsicle.

Chef’s Notes    You will need 8 popsicle molds (1/3- to 1/2-cup capacity), paper cups work.  Just tear away the paper when the popsicles are frozen.  Use popsicles sticks from the craft store.

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