An extreme heat wave has been sweeping the nation. Some people have even died, unfortunately, due to complications relating to the heat. The weather is not letting up either. My own area, Washington D.C. is facing the hottest weather of the year this week.
CNN Consumer Watch – Eating in the Heat Wave
I was on CNN discussing some of the foods to eat and avoid during a heat wave. [watch the full clip]. Of course, I said a lot more than what actually made it on air. Thank goodness for a blog!
Eat, Even if You Don’t Feel Hungry
Your appetite might be lower, but you still need energy.
Choose the right foods.
- Fruits and veggies are almost 100% water so they will hydrate and nourish you. Try frozen fruit or a fruit and yogurt smoothie.
- Avoid high sugar beverages (energy slumps and lacks nutrition) and too much caffeine (those Sbux trenta iced coffees may be a little too much for your poor heart if you aren’t used to it.) Instead, drink pure water with a little citrus, berries or mint mixed in if you need flavor.
Keep it cool.
Eat cold foods over hot ones – try gazpacho or ceviche if you’re out at a restaurant. Skip the fried stuff, where the extra fat can be difficult on the digestive system.
The ultimate test is for your hydration. Get that pee nice and clear to a lemonade yellow and you should be on top of your hydration. Might sound “gross” but hey, it’s something quick EVERYONE can do.