'Spicecream' for the heat of summer
It's hot. And that's ok. It's summer, it's supposed to be hot.
We just need to work around it.
I don't necessarily mean air conditioning (unless you are infirm or older, or in one of those places where it's 43 degrees today) but by doing more in the early morning and late afternoon, find shady areas to walk and sit in, moving to cooler, breezier rooms, being mindful of the weather and the space we live in. The things previous generations did and survived summer quite well.
Exercising in the heat, in the early morning and late afternoon to avoid peak sunshine, carefully and gently while maintaining hydration levels, can also help. You build your ability to work in the heat and your body's capacity to cool - it can make the summer heat seem cooler and easier to deal with.
And another option is, of course, eating for the heat. Cooling foods and drinks, such as these cucumber pickles and this one too, make summer meals more appetising, helping us get the nutrients we need even when we feel it's too hot to eat.
Our favourite thing at the moment is a frozen snack that works for me as it is gluten and dairy free, as well as being adaptable to any flavour preferences - we do it with spices to make a lovely spicecream :)
3-4 bananas, peeled, broken into pieces then frozen ***freeze bananas the day before
1/2 cup coconut milk or coconut cream depending what you have and how creamy you like it
1 tablespoon maple syrup or any liquid sweetener you prefer
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, cloves, nutmeg
blend until smooth and re-freeze
You may like to add cacao powder or other fruit instead of the spices. Have a play and see what you like. Either way, it's great in this hot weather!