STAYING COOL: Cucumber Water
It is, of course, important to drink lots of water during the hot summer months. Though ice water might feel more refreshing, it can actually make you warmer. Digesting food, even water, takes energy and your body has to work extra hard to warm the cold water in your stomach. To get a cooling sensation without the ice, add a few slices of cucumber to your water. Cucumber cools the body, refreshes the skin, and if you let it steep in the water on the counter for a bit will infuse the water with mild, sweet flavor.
THE RIGHT BITES: In Season Now
June: peas, rhubarb, strawberries, greens (lettuce, arugula, spinach, beet greens, mustard greens), broccoli rabe, green onions, cilantro, basil
July: cherries, raspberries, peaches, beans, celery, cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes, peppers
August: blueberries, plums, grapes, melons, blackberries, cucumbers, eggplant