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20 Really Cool Summer Recipes to Chill in This Hot Season

20 Really Cool Summer Recipes to Chill in This Hot Season

The scorching sun is currently ruling over us. The heat flash is so intense that even Thor, the God of Thunder, is at home, unable to do anything. And during this period, it is compulsory to keep yourself hydrated with enough liquid, to have a proper, balanced meal, and to refresh yourself through regular showers.

These may be very common tips; however, what is important are the ingredients you choose for your meals, and how you cook them. Be it refreshments, salads, main dishes, or desserts, you have to be careful in selecting, processing, and cooking your food. To help you out, here is a list of 20 summer recipes to keep you chilled out in this hot season.

1. Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Pasta

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    This is the perfect start to your lazy Sunday brunch. Raid your fridge, and take out all the leftover chicken, shred them, add asparagus, cream cheese, heavy cream, and all other ingredients, and enjoy your hot weekend!

    2. Strawberry Gazpacho

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      Gazpacho, a Spanish/ Portuguese dish, usually has tomatoes as its base. They are served cold, and are mainly made with raw vegetables. But this recipe has a twist to it. Instead of tomatoes, strawberries are used. Interesting? A perfecto meal on a hot summer day!

      3. Cold Southwestern Corn and Shrimp Soup

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        This is a “no-cook” recipe, meaning, you literally don’t have to cook at all! The steps are extremely easy. This is a great cold soup for your family, or even for those sudden visits from your friends on a hot summer evening.

        4. Greek Turkey Burgers

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          Homemade grilled turkey burgers? Who wouldn’t fall in love with them? This meal may take some time to make, but it’s a total hit if you are having friends over. At your next hang out, you can definitely try this out!

          5. The BA Burger Deluxe

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            The burger is a gourmet gluttony! The grilly-juicy-yummy burger is an ideal dinner for those hungry teenagers who are on a sleepover, or even perfect for a family hangout!

            6. Salami-Mozzarella Calzone

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              If you have a pizza dough at home, and want to utilize it in some interesting way, then this is your recipe. The level of cooking is marked as “easy,” so you don’t have to spend too much on the cooking process.

              7. Thai Green Papaya Salad

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                What is summer without papaya dishes? One of my personal favorites, this Thai green papaya salad will refresh your belly, as well as your soul!

                8. Simple and Delicious Fried Rice

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                  Do you have leftover rice in the fridge, but don’t feel like eating it? Well, here’s a very simple summer recipe for you. In fact, you can easily make this even if you are dead-tired!

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                  9. Cajun-Spiced Skillet Shrimp and Rice

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                    This is another rice-related summer recipe that will not only satisfy your tongue, but will lead you to make this for days. It hardly takes half an hour to make, and this is a complete meal for a hungry family.

                    10. Mini Fish Tacos with Mango Habanero Salsa

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                      Full of flavors, and full of freshness, this meal will flirt with your taste buds. This dish is very healthy to eat, and is rich in ingredients.

                      11. Sriracha Street Corn

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                        I love corn, whether I directly toss it on the stove, marinating with just butter, salt, lemon juice, and a pinch of red chilli powder, or when I add it to my fried rice and vegetables. And even I am absolutely crazy about this corn recipe! Even the most fussy eater will fall in love with this!

                        For better or for worse, we all have sweet tooth. Here are some summer recipes of desserts that are bound to make you supremely satisfied.

                        12. Chocolate Oreo Ice Cream

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                          Making ice cream at home is not that hard at all. You just have to know the right technique. And once you know the right technique, you won’t need to hit the shop to buy ice cream because you’ll become an expert at making it yourself. Try this chocolate oreo ice cream. This is guaranteed to take you to heaven.

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                          13. Grilled Peaches with Sea Salt Bourbon Caramel

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                            This is another homemade recipe with a twist. The ingredients are simple, but the taste is mind-blowing!

                            14. Rhubarb & Hazelnut Crumble Cake

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                              This is an absolute beauty, and a perfect dessert to serve to your guests. Loaded with flavors, and crunchiness from the hazelnuts, this is sure to win your and your guests’ hearts!

                              15. Cherry Berry Pie

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                                The recipe may look a bit complicated, and time consuming, but since the summer holidays are knocking at the door, you can easily attempt to make this while your kids are home. You can play around with the ingredients, and add your favorite fruits as well.

                                16. Banana Pudding Delux

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                                  For all the banana lovers out there, you surely would not want to miss this out! A heavy, filling dessert, this will make you go bananas.

                                  And summer would be incomplete without chilled refreshments! Drinks are a vital part of summer recipes. Here are few for you to try.

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                                  17. Lemon Mint Iced Tea… with Rum

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                                    This is the ultimate summer drink, I believe! The icy-cool tea is enhanced into more freshness with the addition of mint, lemon, and rum. It is a deadly combination, a must try on a hot summer afternoon to quench your soul!

                                    18. Coffee Strawberry Chiller

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                                      A delightful evening refreshment, this beautiful combination of coffee and strawberry will blow your mind away! Yum!

                                      19. June Bug: Orange Grenadine Refresher

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                                        Since June is already here, I think this is an excellent drink for this month. The color of the drink is very summer and inviting. This is one drink you must try for sure!

                                        20. Sparkling Spiced Cranberry Punch with Cranberry Ice Ring

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                                          This punch is sweet, yet refreshing, and is ideal for outdoor picnics, or parties. The ingredients complement each other thoroughly.

                                          With all these summer recipes provided to you now, I hope you will have a fantastic summer, and an equally fantastic vacation. Do try these at home, and enjoy your meals with your friends and family. Happy Summer to you all!

                                          Featured photo credit: Tattooed Matrha via tattooedmartha.com

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                                          Last Updated on January 17, 2019

                                          8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                          8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                          In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                          Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                          Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                          Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                          Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                          The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                          There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                          How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                          According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                          Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                          Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                          The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                          Listen carefully:

                                          We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                          The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                          Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                          8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                          There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                          Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                          1. Pray Daily

                                          You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                          When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                          Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                          Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                          2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                          A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                          By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                          Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                          If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                          This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                          How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                          3. Smile Often

                                          Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                          Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                          Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                          The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                          4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                          A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                          When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                          Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                          Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                          5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                          I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                          Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                          What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                          6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                          God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                          I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                          I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                          7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                          You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                          How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                          First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                          If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                          If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                          If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                          Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                          8. Go Exercise

                                          Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                          The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                          You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                          12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                          The Bottom Line

                                          It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                          It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                          Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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