Hotter afternoons and longer days definitely signify the summer season, and with El Niño blasting through the tropics, we can expect this summer to be hotter and more humid than most. We'll be trading our office blazers and pantsuits for lightweight blouses and skirts whenever we can, and, when at home, swapping out stretchy pants for shorts or sarongs. Being in a tropical country, we have a lot of cool solutions beyond seeking the shade and wearing lighter clothing, and these include food and beverages.
Here are some suggestions on what to prepare for yourself and your family and friends as we all prepare for the summer:
We all think of flavored drinks when we think of ways to cool down during the summer that we forget the simplest and most accessible solution: water! A simple glass of iced water can quench the mightiest of thirsts. And it’s healthy for you too!
SKIP THE SPICE AND THE BOOZE
During the hot summer months, you might want to keep the intake of spicy food at a minimum. You might be craving your favorite bicol express, but remember that spicy food dehydrates you faster. And despite the weather begging for a tall glass of margarita or any icy alcoholic beverage, keep the alcohol intake on the down low as well—at least, until the sun goes down. Alcohol is notorious for contributing to dehydration. If you’re hosting an afternoon party, try serving mocktails—cocktails without the alcohol—or fruit punches like Yummy.PH’s totally fruity mock sangria.