(Music by Marlène & Jerry Tachoir)
Editor’s note: The continental US just broke the record for the hottest first six months in a calendar year, so it seemed like the perfect occasion to republish this piece, which originally aired on the blog in August, 2011.
Heat Wave? Heat Dome? Global Warming? Hell on Earth? Whatever you want to call it, one thing we can say for sure is that this summer has been hot. Blasting the air conditioner at maximum power may make it more tolerable, but it certainly doesn’t help your electric bill (or the environment, for that matter). What else can be done?
This week, we’ve put together some easy and interesting ways to help you stay cool in the summer heat.
Part One: The Cool Diet
Spicy food can actually help cool you down! It causes you to perspire without raising your body temperature. As that perspiration evaporates, it cools your body temperature. Looking for a good spicy solution? Check out our recipe for making your own hot sauce.
On the other end of the spectrum, cool treats are always a great idea. (Just be careful to avoid the often-inevitable brain freeze!) We have a recipe to help you here as well: Make Your Own Horchata Pops.