We tend to eat “lighter” foods in the summertime. Perhaps you eat more salads or you just don’t seem to have the same appetite in the summer. We even tend to want to have cooler foods and drinks too – like preferring iced coffee over a hot cup of joe or not wanting a hot bowl of chili or soup. Did you know there’s actual science behind why that is?
Our body is constantly working to keep our core temperature regulated and a body that’s working hard to keep it cool suppresses the appetite to lessen the workload. When we eat, our metabolic rate increases to aid in the digestion process and can increase our body temperature by two degrees.
Today I’m sharing three cool and refreshing summer treats that are delicious too: Fruit Dip, Popsicle, and Smoothie.
½ c Greek yogurt
1½ tbsp honey
3 drops Madagascar Vanilla essential oil
3 drops Wild Orange essential oil
Mix all the ingredients together and chill for 30 minutes. Cut up your favorite fruit, dip, and enjoy!
2 c fresh mango, pineapple or fruit of choice
1 tbsp lime juice
5 drops Lime oil or essential oil of choice
Mix all ingredients in a blend until smooth. Pour into your popsicle molds until ¾ of the way full. Slice up six strawberries and shove slices into each mold. Cover and freeze for at least three hours. Serve and enjoy!
2 c frozen fruit of choice
1 fresh banana
1 c Greek yogurt
1 scoop doTERRA Greens
1 scoop doTERRA Protein
1-1½ c milk of choice
Mix in blender until desired consistency.
As an aside, I read an article that shared how eating or drinking hot food or drink in the summer can actually cool you down. The gist was that our human bodies are amazing at self-regulating our core temperature and when you eat hot or spicy foods the cooling effect from sweating outweighs the added heat to the body by what you’re consuming. Pretty neat!
Whatever your preference is to stay cool during the hot summer months, just make sure you stay hydrated. The average adult can lose up to 1.5 gallons of sweat per day, but in a hot climate they can lose more than 4 gallons of sweat per day!