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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!

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                                          14 Low GI Foods for a Healthier Diet

                                          14 Low GI Foods for a Healthier Diet

                                          Diet trends may come and go, but a low-GI diet remains one of the few that has been shown to include benefits based on science. Low GI foods provide substantial health benefits over those with a high index, and they are key to maintaining a healthy weight.

                                          What is GI? Glycemic index (GI) is the rate at which the carbohydrate content of a food is broken down into glucose and absorbed from the gut into the blood. When you eat foods containing carbohydrates, your body breaks them down into glucose, which is then absorbed into your bloodstream.[1]

                                          The higher the GI of a food, the faster it will be broken down and cause your blood glucose (sugar) to rise. Foods with a high GI rating are digested very quickly and cause your blood sugar to spike. This is why it’s advisable to stick to low GI foods as much as possible, as the carbohydrate content of low GI foods will be digested slowly, allowing a more gradual rise in blood glucose levels.

                                          Foods with a GI scale rating of 70 or more are considered to be high GI. Foods with a rating of 55 or below are considered low GI foods.

                                          It’s important to note that the glycemic index of a food doesn’t factor in the quantity that you eat. For example, although watermelon has a high glycemic index, the water and fiber content of a standard serving of water means it won’t have a significant impact on your blood sugar.

                                          Like watermelon, some high GI foods (such as baked potatoes) are high in nutrients. And some low GI foods (such as corn chips) contain high amounts of trans fats.

                                          In most cases, however, the GI is an important means of gauging the right foods for a healthy diet.

                                          Eating mainly low GI foods every day helps to provide your body with a slow, continuous supply of energy. The carbohydrates in low GI foods is digested slowly, so you feel satisfied for longer. This means you’ll be less likely to suffer from fluctuating sugar levels that can lead to cravings and snacking.

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                                          Let’s continue with some of the best examples of low GI foods.

                                          1. Quinoa

                                          GI: 53

                                          Quinoa has a slightly higher GI than rice or barley, but it contains a much higher proportion of protein. If you don’t get enough protein from the rest of your diet, quinoa could help. It’s technically a seed, so it’s also high in fiber–again, more than most grains. It’s also gluten-free, which makes it excellent for those with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

                                          2. Brown Rice (Steamed)

                                          GI: 50

                                          Versatile and satisfying, brown rice is one of the best low GI foods and is a staple for many dishes around the world. It’s whole rice from which only the husk (the outermost layer) is removed, so it’s a great source of fiber. In fact, brown rice has been shown to help lower cholesterol, improve digestive function, promote fullness, and may even help prevent the formation of blood clots. Just remember to always choose brown over white!

                                          3. Corn on the Cob

                                          GI: 48

                                          Although it tastes sweet, corn on the cob is a good source of slow-burning energy (and one of the tastiest low GI foods). It’s also a good plant source of Vitamin B12, folic acid, and iron, all of which are required for the healthy production of red blood cells in the body. It’s healthiest when eaten without butter and salt!

                                          4. Bananas

                                          GI: 47

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                                          Bananas are a superfood in many ways. They’re rich in potassium and manganese and contain a good amount of vitamin C. Their low GI rating means they’re great for replenishing your fuel stores after a workout.

                                          They are easy to add to smoothies, cereal, or kept on your desk for a quick snack. The less ripe they are, the lower the sugar content is! As one of the best low GI foods, it’s a great addition to any daily diet.

                                          5. Bran Cereal

                                          GI: 43

                                          Bran is famous for being one of the highest cereal sources of fiber. It’s also rich in a huge range of nutrients: calcium, folic acid, iron, magnesium, and a host of B vitamins. Although bran may not be to everyone’s tastes, it can easily be added to other cereals to boost the fiber content and lower the overall GI rating.

                                          6. Natural Muesli

                                          GI: 40

                                          Muesli–when made with unsweetened rolled oats, nuts, dried fruit, and other sugar-free ingredients–is one of the healthiest ways to start the day. It’s also very easy to make at home with a variety of other low GI foods. Add yogurt and fresh fruit for a nourishing, energy-packed breakfast.

                                          7. Apples

                                          GI: 40

                                          Apple skin is a great source of pectin, an important prebiotic that helps to feed the good bacteria in your gut. Apples are also high in polyphenols, which function as antioxidants, and contain a good amount of vitamin C. They are best eaten raw with the skin on! Apples are one of a number of fruits[2] that have a low glycemic index. Be careful which fruits you choose, as many have a large amount of natural sugars[3].

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                                          8. Apricots

                                          GI: 30

                                          Apricots provide both fiber and potassium, which make them an ideal snack for both athletes and anyone trying to keep sugar cravings at bay. They’re also a source of antioxidants and a range of minerals.

                                          Apricots can be added to salads, cereals, or eaten as part of a healthy mix with nuts at any time of the day.

                                          9. Kidney Beans

                                          GI: 29

                                          Kidney beans and other legumes provide a substantial serving of plant-based protein, so they can be used in lots of vegetarian dishes if you’re looking to adopt a plant-based diet[4]. They’re also packed with fiber and a variety of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and other beneficial plant compounds. They are great in soups, stews, or with (whole grain) tacos.

                                          10. Barley

                                          GI: 22

                                          Barley is a cereal grain that can be eaten in lots of ways. It’s an excellent source of B vitamins, including niacin, thiamin, and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), fiber, molybdenum, manganese, and selenium. It also contains beta-glucans, a type of fiber that can support gut health and has been shown to reduce appetite and food intake.

                                          Please note that barley does contain gluten, which makes it unsuitable for anyone who is Celiac[5] or who follows a gluten-free diet. In this case, gluten-free alternatives might include quinoa, buckwheat, or millet.

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                                          11. Raw Nuts

                                          GI: 20

                                          Most nuts have a low GI of between 0 and 20, with cashews slightly higher at around 22. Nuts, as one of the best low GI foods, are a crucial part of the Mediterranean diet[6] and are really the perfect snack: they’re a source of plant-based protein, high in fiber, and contain healthy fats. Add them to smoothies and salads to boost the nutritional content. Try to avoid roasted and salted nuts, as these are made with large amounts of added salt and (usually) trans fats.

                                          12. Carrots

                                          GI: 16

                                          Raw carrots are not only a delicious low GI vegetable, but they really do help your vision! They contain vitamin A (beta carotene) and a host of antioxidants. They’re also low-calorie and high in fiber, and they contain good amounts of vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants. Carrots are great for those monitoring their weight as they’ve been linked to lower cholesterol levels.

                                          13. Greek Yogurt

                                          GI: 12

                                          Unsweetened Greek yogurt is not only low GI, but it’s an excellent source of calcium and probiotics, as well. Probiotics help to keep your gut microbiome in balance and support your overall digestive health and immune function. Greek yogurt makes a healthy breakfast, snack, dessert, or a replacement for dip. The most common probiotic strains found in yogurt are Streptococcus thermophilus[7] (found naturally in yogurt) and Lactobacillus acidophilus[8] (which is often added by the manufacturer). You can also look into probiotic supplements for improving your gut health.

                                          14. Hummus

                                          GI: 6

                                          When made the traditional way from chickpeas and tahini, hummus is a fantastic, low-GI dish. It’s a staple in many Middle Eastern countries and can be eaten with almost any savory meal. Full of fiber to maintain satiety and feed your good gut bacteria, hummus is great paired with freshly-chopped vegetables, such as carrots and celery.

                                          Bottom Line

                                          If you’re looking to eat healthier or simply cut down on snacking throughout the day, eating low GI foods is a great way to get started. Choose any of the above foods for a healthy addition to your daily diet and start feeling better for longer.

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