Hot weather in the UK – cooling down

Recently it looked like Summer had finally arrived in the UK. After the many months of indifferent weather, with rain and cloudy skies predominating, finally we were seeing bright sunny and hot days. With the hot weather comes the problem of how to keep hydrated and how to stay cool – and boy has it been hot these last 3 days. That’s where the smoothie maker can come in very handy.

So to start off the day, it is always nice to have a cup of freshly brewed coffee. But what if it is too hot to drink something hot?

Hot cup of freshly brewed coffee
Hot cup of freshly brewed coffee

Perhaps it is time for some ice coffee. Now to add a twist into it, after I added in condensed milk and ice cubes to cool the coffee down, I decided to blitz the ice into a fine slushie.

Ice cubes and condensed milk
Ice cubes and condensed milk
Coffee added in
Coffee added in

Now the coffee is nice and cold. But I do need to remember to add more ice cubes the next time, as the ice melted rather quickly – perhaps the coffee was hotter than I thought.

Ice cold coffee slushie
Ice cold coffee slushie

Next up is a trip to Florence Park with my daughters to hunt for Pokemon. I thought I would use Ribena as the base for this, as my daughters do love it – it is rich in vitamin C, afterall. Water and ice cubes were added in and then it is put through the smoothie maker to make a cold Ribena slushie.

Ribena
Ribena
Ribena with ice and cold water
Ribena with ice and cold water
Lovely ribena slushie
Lovely ribena slushie

It is now ready to be taken to the park – one bottle for each of us. It keeps us cool and hydrated. Great!

Ribena slushie ready to take to the park
Ribena slushie ready to take to the park

And there are so many other cool healthy ideas as well – how about using frozen fruits to make nice cold fruit smoothies? My wife likes to use the Summer fruits, whereas I prefer to use strawberries and blueberries in our smoothies. Great to have particularly after exercising.

Frozen summer fruits
Frozen summer fruits

The strawberries below were bought fresh and the stem removed prior to freezing. Hence it preserves its lovely flavours but also makes the smoothies that bit cooler.

Fresh strawberries frozen to preserve the goodness
Fresh strawberries frozen to preserve the goodness
Frozen blueberries
Frozen blueberries

And with so many different frozen fruits available from the supermarkets – mangoes, pineapples, cherries, strawberries and bananas – there is sure to be one to suit anyone’s taste. It makes rehydrating that bit healthier (contributing to the 5-a-day), but also keeps you cooler especially on those hot sunny days.

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