As the heat continues to rise throughout Southern California, it is almost unbearable to deal with the warmth, especially if you don’t have access to air conditioning.
As a college student in Los Angeles with no central air conditioning in my apartment, I have developed a few tips and tricks to beat the heat.
Food and Drinks
Eat as many cucumbers as you can! Cucumbers are great for cooling down. The best thing about this fruit is that you can prepare it many ways. One simple recipe my mom always made when I was a kid was cutting it up and sprinkling a little salt and pepper. I continue to love that preparation, but I now also add a squeeze of lemon juice.
Cucumbers also go well in juices and smoothies. My favorite way to enjoy the cooling properties of cucumbers is in a salad.
One of my favorite cucumber-based salads is incredibly simple to make. All you need is cucumber, feta, olives, tomato, lemon juice and olive oil. Chop the cucumber and tomato, add in the olives,then douse the salad in lemon juice and olive oil and sprinkle feta cheese on top. Makes for a delicious lunch or dinner!
Watermelon is one of my favorite fruits. My grandma always teased me for how much watermelon I consumed (it was an abhorrent amount). A great way to consume the treat is in the form of a popsicle. Popsicles are essential in this heatwave and a great way to spend time with kids, siblings and cousins.
Ingredients in the recipe are basic: watermelon, simple syrup and lime juice. Blend the three ingredients in a blender or mixer and pour into popsicle molds. For a unique twist, reminiscent of my Latina culture, prepare a bowl of tajin and salt for dipping.
Water may seem like a no brainer, but it is fun to play with the way you consume your water. If you’re feeling bored of the taste of water, nothing hits harder than sparkling water during this hot weather
I love to fill a cup with berries, mint and cucumber before pouring in the sparkling water. It gives an extra flavor fit for the end-of-summer season.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil is my summer holy grail item. It can be hard to find reasonably priced essential oils, but Target has a few good ones. When I begin to overheat, I dab a bit of oil on my temples and the bottoms of my feet. The cooling sensation is unbeatable. Only warning is to make sure you wash your hands immediately after use!
Save your water heater bill with this ideal summer hack. Taking an ice gold shower is a game changer. It is the best relief after sweating in online classes all day or after working out. For bonus points, rub a bit of essential oil in your scalp for the ultimate cooling sensation.
The city of Los Angeles is offering cooling stations at various locations around the city. Cooling centers are a great place to enjoy “recreational programming or read a book.” The centers are following all mandated COVID-19 social distancing requirements