TIP OF THE WEEK

Is the summer heat getting you down? Keep these foods on your menu to stay cool, says Spoon University.

— Berries: According to Chinese medicine, berries generate cold energy in the body. Berries are also high in water, which helps to thin the blood and release heat.

— Mint: Use this cooling herb in cooking or in a glass of water.

— Bananas: Eating bananas causes your tissue to shrink, allowing for the absorption of more water, which cools your core.

— Poppy seeds: A necessary ingredient in many cooling medicines, poppy seeds help quench thirst and internally cool the body.

— Avocado: The fruit’s monosaturated fatty acids help remove heat and toxins from the blood. Avocados are also easily digested, so your body will not need to create more heat to digest the food.

EASY RECIPE

Quick Protein Power Chiquita Banana Smoothie

This tasty energy-boosting smoothie makes one serving. It’s great when you need endurance for running a marathon or running around town all day.

— 1 whole Chiquita Banana, sliced

— 1.5 ounces low-fat Greek yogurt

— 1/8 cup fresh pineapple juice

— 1/4 cup orange juice

Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Enjoy!

GRILLING

4 ways to impress at your next barbecue

Here are tips for grilling success from Eddie Zamora, the social media star known as the Yum Yum Foodie.

1. Choose a delicious grilled pork recipe. The always-flavorful white meat is convenient, easy to prepare and versatile enough to star in a nearly endless number of dishes.

2. Think ahead. Pull together your important tools. Clean your grill, thoroughly oiling its cooking grates.

3. Brush on a glaze. Keep your pork fork-tender and moist by adding a glaze that’s sweet, spicy and/or salty, depending on your tastes.

4. Perfect your technique. For example, pork chops should be flipped after 5 minutes on each side for optimal grilling lines; after grilling, they should sit for 10 minutes to maximize flavor.

RECIPE

Chocolate Chia Avocado Smoothie

In need of a filling, delicious smoothie with no added sweeteners? The avocado and chia seeds give this drink from Nutritionist In the Kitch its creamy texture, with frozen banana and a smidge of dark chocolate for sweetness.

— 1 tablespoon chia seeds

— 3 tablespoons almond milk

— 1 frozen banana

— 1/2 of an avocado, pitted

— 1/2 ounce of 70 percent dark chocolate

— 1 heaping tablespoon raw cocoa powder

— 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

— 5 ice cubes

Start by making a chia pudding by mixing together the chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of almond milk in a small glass. Let sit for 5-10 minutes to thicken. Add the remaining ingredients to the blender along with the chia pudding. Blend until smooth.

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