Cool drinks and snacks – Refreshments on hot summer days
When the long hot days of summer are upon us finding respite from the sunshine can difficult. Whether you’re sitting in the shade of a tree or relaxing on the beach, refreshing drinks and snacks are a great to keep your cool while enjoying the summer sunshine. Summer is filled with beautiful foods like watermelons, berries, tomatoes, and cucumbers, which can provide you with welcome comfort when the thermometer rises. To prepare the perfect snacks and drinks for summer you don’t have to spend a lot of time slaving in a hot kitchen, often the best recipes can be put together in no time at all.
Fruit is a versatile and healthy way to re-energize during a hot day in the sunshine. Many fruits will keep you naturally hydrated and provide you with the fibre and vitamins that can be lost while basking in the sunshine or splashing around in the water. In addition to being a tasty source of vitamins, prepping fruit is simple and can be mixed and matched with some of your other favourite foods. For example you can put a scattering of frozen berries into a bowl of plain yogurt. The frozen berries will chill the yogurt, creating cool and refreshing treat for all the family. Grapes are another delightful way to keep cool this summer. On a really hot day try frozen grapes as a method of cooling down, they taste like little mini sorbets in bite size pieces.
Try using some yellow and red tomatoes in a tasty tomato salad for an easy to prepare snack or light meal. Simply add fresh basil, a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of salt and freshly ground pepper to create something delicious in minutes.
When it comes to cool drinks nothing tastes more like summer than a refreshing glass of homemade lemonade. A pitcher of lemonade filled with ice is the ideal way for you and the kids to cool off. Swimming and outdoor summer games can help you to work up quite a thirst, and a summer party punch is delicious thirst quencher on a hot day. Treat the guests at your next outdoor party to an inviting summer punch with a cranberry, raspberry or orange juice base. Iced fruit punch is another popular summer punch that will be popular with friends and family this summer. Simply freeze various fruit juices in ice-tray moulds and add them to large glass.
As the cubes of juice melt, their flavours will gently mingle to form an appetising and refreshing drink. To make your iced fruit punch even more fun make certain to choose juices in a range of colours and flavours. Smoothies are a nutritious alternative to sodas and fruit juice, they provide oodles of nutrients and are popular with young and old. A basic smoothie recipe calls for a generous serving of your favourite fruits, like peaches or strawberries, mixed with any kind of liquid base, such as water, milk or yogurt