Summer means heat, humidity and exhaustion. The scorching sun and high temperatures of summer can be grueling. But there are some easy-to-make and delicious recipes that will help you stay cool and refreshed through the summer season. Here are some cool summer recipes to help you beat the heat and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

  1. Lemonade Popsicles

Nothing is more delicious and thirst-quenching than icy-cold lemonade popsicles on a hot summer’s day. This classic treat is easy to make, and the flavor possibilities are endless. All you need is lemon juice, sugar, and water. Boil the sugar in water until it completely dissolves and let cool before mixing in the lemon juice. Pour the mixture into ice-pop molds or popsicle molds and put into the freezer until frozen.

  1. Watermelon Slushy

This delectable and refreshing summer treat can be enjoyed in minutes. Just mix freshly pureed watermelon, a squeeze of lime juice, and a squirt of agave syrup in a blender and blend on high until ice crystals start to form. Serve in frosted glasses and enjoy!

  1. Iced Tea

Iced tea is a quintessential summer beverage. It is overflowing with anti-oxidants, has virtually no calories, and is surprisingly simple to make. To make iced tea, start by selecting your favorite tea leaves. Place them in a pitcher, accompanied with a teaspoon of sugar or honey. Cover with boiling hot water, stir and cover. Let the tea steep for 3-5 minutes and then strain into a tall pitcher filled with ice. Add a sprig of mint, some lemon wedges or lime slices for added flavor.

  1. Cucumber Cooler

This delicious beverage can be made in minutes and requires just three simple ingredients. In a blender, add 3 fresh peeled cucumbers, freshly squeezed lime juice and a teaspoon of honey. Once blended well, strain the liquid and serve over ice. This cool and refreshing summer treat is perfect for sipping pool-side.

  1. Mango Lassi

Mango lassis are a refreshing yogurt-based beverage that are perfect for those hot summer days. All you need is mango, yogurt and a pinch of cardamom and honey. To make, simply puree the mango and mix with yogurt and honey in a blender until creamy. Add cardamom, stir and serve over ice.

  1. Orange Fizz

This sparkling beverage is the perfect balance of sweet and tart. To make, combine freshly squeezed orange juice, sugar, and a pinch of salt in a blender and blend until sugar is dissolved. Add a splash of club soda and stir the mixture. Serve in cold glasses and enjoy!

  1. Blueberry Smoothie

This summertime favorite is guaranteed to keep you cool and hydrated on a hot summer day. All you need is frozen blueberries, yogurt, and sweetener. To make, blend all ingredients in a blender until desired consistency is reached. Serve over ice, and sip away!

  1. Avocado Gazpacho Soup

Avocado gazpacho soup is a refreshingly cool and creamy soup that is perfect for a hot summer day. To make, mix tomatillos, avocado, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, vegetable broth, fresh lime juice, and a pinch of salt in a blender until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired and enjoy!

  1. Spicy Tomato Soup

Spicy tomato soup is a refreshing and satisfying summer soup that is sure to help keep you cool and refreshed in the summer heat. To make, mix tomatoes, diced onion, garlic, chopped celery, vegetable broth, red chile powder, cumin, and oregano in a blender and puree until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired and enjoy.

  1. Watermelon Feta Salad

This sweet and savory summer salad is the perfect way to stay cool and refreshed on a hot summer day. Dice up some watermelon, feta cheese, red onion, and fresh basil and combine in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together extra-virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, and a pinch of salt. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix together. Serve chilled and enjoy!

Summer heat can be unbearable, but these easy and delicious recipes will help you stay cool, refreshed, and energized in the summer months. Whether you choose a luscious summer smoothie, a savory soup, or a mouth-watering popsicle, you can’t go wrong with these recipes!