Staying cool indoors can also prove to be a challenge for some. We don't all want to crank the A/C up (or down, depending on how you look at it), and cooking our food indoors can make it even more uncomfortable. Summertime is perfect for incorporating more raw foods into your diet. Not only is there an abundance of fresh, local produce, but keeping the oven off will help keep you and your home a bit cooler.
Instead of running to your favorite restaurant, then feeling miserable afterward from spending too much money and indulging in too much dinner, try making a raw dinner at home. Yes, green salads and smoothies are typically raw, but raw can be much more than that. You can create raw tacos, raw soups, raw spaghetti, and even raw brownies! Yes, raw brownies. You might not go back once you try them!
Eating raw, uncooked foods can also be cooling to the body. We naturally crave cooling foods during the hot summer months anyway. Some of them might be watermelon, lettuces, cucumber, banana, celery, strawberries, radish, tomato, and summer squash. Oh, and ice cream, of course (find a recipe for awesome banana ice cream below). Take advantage of the abundance of these foods around us. There's a reason they grow like crazy this time of year (except bananas). If you don't have your own garden, find a local farmer's market. They are in full swing right now.
Feel intimidated by raw recipes? Just make a fresh salad or smoothie, or snack on fresh, chopped veggies and fruits. Nothing is easier than that! Of course don't forget to ditch the pop and drink plenty of water or even iced tea.
Stay cool and have a great summer!
Creamy Banana Ice Cream
(pictured below with added fresh, wild raspberries)
Frozen banana chunks
Almond milk or other plant-based milk
In blender or food processor blend frozen bananas while adding small amounts of almond milk until ice cream consistency is reached. You can also add frozen berries or other frozen fruit chunks as desired.