When I was growing in the 1970’s, air conditioning wasn’t as available then as it is now. At least, not for us. It was a luxury, and my parents didn’t have extra money to buy refrigerated air.
So, my mom did what any other parent at that time would do to stop the kids from complaining about how dreadfully hot it was, and naturally cool them down.
She went to the store and bought the biggest watermelon she could find. And, then she invited the neighborhood kids over and got us all engaged in a watermelon-eating contest.
This did a few things:
- Got us whiny kids out of the stifling hot house
- Connected us with our friends
- Cooled everyone down
And, the best part… it was all for less than five bucks! Moms are ingenious at finding simple solutions for sticky problems.
Today, I still follow what my mom taught me many summers ago. When the weather gets hot and sticky, my main go-to cooling food is watermelon; sweet, watery, cooling, refreshing and absolutely delicious.
Even though I haven’t engaged in a watermelon-eating contest in many years, I’ve found lots of easy ways to include this cooling summer fruit into my summer menus.
Here are 3 of my favorite recipes to enjoy watermelon outside of a watermelon-eating contest:
- Sweet and Spicy Watermelon Gazpacho
- Watermelon and Cherry Tomato Salad
- Savory Watermelon Cucumber and Feta Cheese
What are some of your favorite foods (and memories) to beat the summer heat?
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.