Wednesday, July 7, 2010

10 Things to Eat When It's Too Hot to Eat

So we usually have a recipe on Wednesdays for the whole What's Cooking Wednesday theme. But let's be honest. It's too hot to cook! There's an intense heat wave passing through the east coast and in honor of that, we'd like to share with you 10 things to eat when it's just too hot (via The Kitchn)

1. Chilled hard-boiled eggs. Ok so you might have to fire up the stove for this one, but once they're prepared, you have a cold, quick, protein packed snack.

2. Smoothies. A smoothie is a great, cold treat that's full of good nutrients to keep your body energized. Check for a great recipe online or give it a go on your own.

3. Frozen grapes. So easy. Just toss a bunch into the freezer, and in turn you get a cold, flavorful, chewable treat that can't be beat.

4. Cold Noodle Dishes. The Kitchn recommends Soba or Buckwheat noodles, but check online for great cold noodle recipes and sauces to accompany.

5. Ice Cream. Could we skip it? It's shugary and milky, it's true. But ice cream is the go to snack for kids and adults alike. The famous cold treat is delicious and cools you down.

6. Water. Water does wonders. It's the source of life! And it will make you feel much better on a hot day, parched or not.

7. Spicy! Word on the street is that spicy foods are good when it's hot because it makes you sweat. I'm not sure how I feel about making my mouth feel hot when my whole body already does, but I might have to give it a try. I'll survive (I hope).

8. Jerky. One of my all time favorite snacks is jerky. It's salty, meaty, and full of protein, and you don't get all the sugar you get with fruit (I'm not knocking on fruit by any means).

9. Watermelon. It's possible that nothing screams summer more than watermelon (maybe ice cream). It's juicy, tasty, cheap, and fun to eat. You might get a little sticky, but it's worth it.

10. Spring Rolls. It's handy, wrapped up, and cool. The spring roll has a lot to offer when it's hot, without busting out any additional heat from the stove or oven. You might want to add a little protein, in which case firing up the stove might be helpful, but it's all up to you!

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