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5 Foods to Endure a Hot August

coconut water - one of my five foods

coconut water - one of my five foods

It is hot. But I don’t have to tell you that. The heat can zap your energy and make your feel dehydrated, so here are my five foods that I always have on hand to get me through a sticky summer day..

5 Must-Have Foods to Endure a Hot August

1. Coconut Water. For hydration, this electrolyte-infused beverage really can’t be beat. With more potassium than a banana and only about 60 calories per serving, it truly is “nature’s sports drink.” I find that chugging coconut water on a hot day is a great way to not only take in liquids, but replace lost electrolytes, especially if I’ve been active or exercising. Learn more about coconut water on Healthy Happy Life.

2. Frozen Banana. My secret ingredient for perfectly creamy shake-like smoothies: frozen bananas. Instead of tossing a room temperature banana into your smoothie, try a frozen one (on a hot day especially). You will find the smoothie texture is thicker and the smoothie will not melt as quickly.

3. Healthy Salty Snacks. I’m not talking fried potato chips here. When we sweat more, we tend to crave salty things, as salt actually helps our bodies absorb water better. So I love keeping baked chips, baked rice crisps, kale chips and soy crisps on hand. Nothing fried or heavy just something light and salty to nibble on.

4. Popsicles. I never crave popsicles during fall, winter or spring. But once a hot, humid, sticky, heatwave-ish summer day hits, there is nothing more wonderful that grabbing an ice cold popsicle from the freezer. You can even make your own using real fruit blends and flavors. Nothing artificial is best for health and usually flavor as well.

5. Chilled Snacks. This is how I snack-smart on a hot day: chilled. Ideas for chilled versions of my faves include cooked and chilled shelled edamame, chilled sliced fruit and chilled grain dishes like pasta, quinoa and rice.

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