Beat the Heat


The year and seasons pass by before you know it and soon summer will be rearing its head around the corner. Even if it isn’t summer currently, many of us live in an area that produce so much heat no matter the seasons (hint hint Southern California) so hot temperatures are prevalent without the label of summer. We all know what hot heat entails. While hot temperatures may include the positives of a gorgeous radiant sun, beaches, ice-cream, refreshing iced drinks, and more, the increase in temperature can also be the recipe for a disaster if you do not take serious precautions to protect yourself! Yes, it may seem weird that I write this article as we approach December (to some people at least), but to those who come from areas that are prone to heat no matter the seasons (I’m talking to you California), it is so incredibly helpful to have some serious tips and advice on how to beat that winter heat and cool down well enough to join in on all the holiday festivities that are coming up (as well as the holiday work rush and school finals that come with it). If you are struggling in the heat and feel as if it has taken a toll on your body then look no further then this article, for I aim to do nothing but keep you well stocked on all the knowledge you need to know in order to stay hydrated and happy during those hot and heated days!

Curtains Anyone?

Since we are rapidly approaching winter, this also signals to us the beginning of our many holidays that are well known for occurring during the winter time. Holiday festivities tend to occur indoors as opposed to outdoors (since many public places typically close) and for that it becomes very important that your own house remains a beacon of cool hope during the hot sun that is shining away out there. Keep your family feeling cool temperature wise by possibly investing in some nice and pretty curtains. It is a known fact that the more windows you have in your house, the more you will feel the sun streaming in to let down its light. The more sunlight you have going on, the hotter it tends to get inside, so block those sunrays away putting up some curtains. The US Department of Energy has actually stated that putting up curtains can help decrease the sun exposure and heat within your home by almost 45 percent. This can greatly aid in keeping your guests happy and ready to enjoy the holidays and festivities. If you can find curtains that are white and have sun-deflecting white on the window side, then an even better job well done! But any regular curtains will do just fine as well!

Vent, Vent, Vent


If you come from an area that is incredibly hot, even during the winter seasons then it would be wise to not be very picky with turning on your air conditioner. Trust me. A hot day with no air conditioning has got to be the worst thing to experience and it will really put a damper on the festive mood. So just keep your air conditioner running for just a bit in order to really allow that cool air to circulate and permeate throughout the home. If you don’t have an air conditioner, your air conditioner is broken, or you don’t even want to bother paying for the bill, then another thing you can do is run fans around the house. You can buy super inexpensive fans on amazon or eBay and have them shipped to you almost instantly, so that you can keep your holiday home nice and cool (and on a budget!). Handheld fans even work if you are feeling that large fans are not necessary. They can even be of greater help if you are planning to have a holiday feast or party in the backyard area of somewhere outside. The little handheld fans can help keep people feeling cool and refreshed so that they can enjoy the sun, air, food, and socialization without the worry of a hot temperature getting in the way!

Drink Up Honey

You know this one by heart. It is the most obvious tip that you can follow when you are pegged with the issue of trying to beat the infamous heat. Drink up! Water is your best friend and although you may want to roll your eyes at such an obvious tip, it’s common and obvious for a reason my friend. Water helps you so much. It literally is the holy grail that will protect you from all the evils that come out to play when the sun is out and shining. Grab a tall glass of iced cold water, spritz some lemon, throw in a cucumber or two and drink up because you most definitely will need it if you are trying to beat the heat. Naturally heat makes you sweat and sweating makes your body lose electrolytes and hydration. If your body loses too much electrolytes then you are going to feel that horrible and exhausting plummet in energy. That is something that you completely want to avoid during the holidays! So, don’t make that common and easy mistake that everyone does and just drink water! Maybe you can munch on some ice instead, if you feel like it! Whichever way you do it, you can feel easy knowing that your body isn’t going to turn against you and make you feel sick when you need to be in high spirit for the holidays!

Fruit and Veggies Anyone?


Another fun way that you can beat the heat is to ramp up on your fruits and veggies. They are so much fun to enjoy, even during the holidays, and can make for the perfect holiday appetizers! Throw out a vegetable platter and fill up on cucumbers, carrots, and green peppers along with a side of ranch or hummus. You can toss out a fruit salad and I guarantee your friends and family will be munching down on it quicker than you can say Christmas. Fruits and veggies can offer a lovely variety and break from the water norm, providing you with lots of hydration, sugars to give you energy, and can help keep you satiated until the dinner feast. Mix some oranges, strawberries, apples, and berries for a refreshing and fruity salad or opt for a savory salad that is full of cucumbers, lemon juice, iceberg lettuce, spinach, radishes and more! There are so many creative and original ways for you to incorporate these kinds of foods into your holiday feast so that you can help keep the energy of your friends and family going during the crazy heat. Plus, they are super delicious, especially when they seem to be aesthetically organized on a platter or tray! Yum!

Perhaps Consider a Barbecue?

Barbecues may sound like not the brightest idea for those who are very keen on keeping themselves away from the sun. Why would you voluntarily stand out in the sun to cook up dinner when you can just go inside? Well the reason I would advocate for grilling your foods outside, is because using stovetops, ovens, etc. will bring a lot of warm air out and permeate this air around the house. Your house is going to feel a lot stuffier and maybe even smoky, if you choose to cook indoors and this totally defeats the purpose of staying indoors to beat the heat. You can help keep yourself cool by grilling your foods outside on the grill and then bringing them back into your house, so that you can enjoy those foods in your wonderful, air-conditioned home that is totally not stuffy from all the cooking. I mean think about it. Would you rather cook outdoors in the heat, but be rewarded by eating delicious food in an air-conditioned area or would you rather cook indoors and feel all stuffy and hot, then try to eat such a meal afterwards? Plus, barbecued meals don’t sound like a bad idea, especially on holidays. Food on the grill tastes way better than it does in the comfort of your own home and you can feel happy knowing that you stayed cool and hydrated!

Those were just a few of the main tips that will surely be enough to keep you cool and satisfied. Don’t let the hot Arizona or California sun (or wherever you live for that matter) get you down during the holidays. It does not have to stop you from enjoying the festivities both indoor and out! If you are feeling extra excited about all the fun ways that you can beat the heat then check out these fun, hydrating recipes that you can incorporate during the holidays! They will surely be a hit, not only to you, but to your friends and family as well! Happy Holidays!

Cucumber, Corn, Black Bean, Tomato, and Avocado Salad (www.popsugar.com)


This is a salad that you should definitely consider for your holidays as a way to stay hydrated. It is packed with flavor, but also full of vegetables that have high water content such as cucumber and tomato. Cucumber is about 95% water whereas tomatoes are about 93% water. The salad also contains red peppers which has a water content of about 92%. So, you can enjoy this refreshing salad, knowing that it can help keep you hydrated!
Ingredients
● 1 English cucumber
● 1 can of black beans that are diced
● 1 ¼ cup of corn
● 1 red pepper that is diced
● 1 cup of cherry tomatoes
● ½ cup of packed fresh cilantro that is chopped
● 1 lime
● 1 avocado, diced up
● Salt and pepper (to your own taste preference)
Directions
1. Throw in cucumber, black beans, corn, red pepper, cherry tomatoes, and chopped cilantro all into a bowl. Squeeze out the fresh juice from the lime and stir it well into the salad.
2. Mix in the avocado and season with salt and pepper to your own taste preference. Enjoy!

Vintage Lemonade (www.allrecipes.com)


Prep: 45 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Ready in: 1 hour and 5 minutes
Let’s be honest here. Lemonade can be enjoyed (and should be enjoyed no matter the time of year). Any time is lemonade time, so kick off your holidays with this delicious lemonade drink that can be a hit for both kids and adults. In addition, this lemonade is made up of 1 ¼ quarts of water and 5 lemons, which screams hydration! So, drink up and stay refreshed during the holidays with this delicious drink option!
Ingredients
● 5 lemons
● 1 ¼ cups of white sugar
● 1 ¼ quarts of water
● Extra lemons and strawberries for decoration!
Directions
1. Peel off all the rinds from the five lemons and proceed to cut them into ½ inch slices. Then set the lemons off to the side.
2. Place all lemon rinds into a bowl and sprinkle them up with the sugar. Allow this mixture to stand for about one hour. This will allow the sugar to be soaked up by the oils from the lemons.
3. Bring the water to a boil in a covered saucepan and then proceed to pour the hot water over the sugar lemon mixture. Allow this mixture to cool for another 20 minutes before removing the rinds.
4. Squeeze all the lemons into another bowl and pour that juice through a strainer and into the sugar mixture. Stir everything up well and then pour it into a pitcher. Let it pop in the fridge and serve up some ice cubes. Decorate with lemon wedges and halved strawberries for a very pretty and refreshing vintage style lemonade.

There you have it folks! Some tips, tricks, and recipes on how to stay hydrated during this upcoming holiday season for all those lucky people who live in areas where the sun never stops shining. So long as you keep these precautions in the back of your mind, then you should have no problem with dealing the heat, allowing you to carry on with all your holiday festivities! Enjoy!

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