(NECN) – Water is the obvious choice on a hot day, but registered dietician and author of the book "No Whine With Dinner," Liz Weiss, is here with other foods and drinks that can help keep us cool when the temperatures rise.
Spicy foods contain a chemical that revs up the circulation, drawing blood from the inside of the body, making you sweat, which makes you cool down.
You can have spicy salsa or spicy guacamole for a healthy treat on a hot day.
Water can get really boring, so flavor water naturally by adding mint or cucumber slices to make it fun. You don’t have to add any sugar which can dehydrate us. Keep it natural, keep it fresh.
Frozen fruits and vegetables are another great treat on a hot day. Let them thaw out for a minutes after having them in the freezer.
Here is a recipe for watermelon pomegranate pops:
1½ cups cubed seedless watermelon
1/2 cup 100% Pomegranate blueberry juice
Combine the watermelon and juice in a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into four 3-ounce ice pop molds and freeze until firm, about 3 hours.
-Another popsicle alternative – frozen grapes and blueberries.
-Water with cucumber, lemon, strawberries – since staying hydrated is so important in the heat, adding things to it makes it more interesting to drink.
Food/beverages to avoid on hot days: