Feeling hot and chewing cold
July 22nd, 2011
02:00 PM ET
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Linda Petty is an editor at CNN Living. She likes boxed mixes, tarted-up vegetables, letting produce rot in her crisper, eating breakfast at her desk, raiding your pantry, and ice cream cones.

I sweat a lot for a not-very-skinny girl, and Atlanta summers can be sweltering. They were even hot before some smart aleck weatherman invented the heat index so we could feel hotter than the thermometer reading.

But even before I moved South, I had a habit of chewing on cold things to beat the heat. As a child and even past the point where I was old enough to drive, I would pour grape Kool-Aid into ice-cube trays and freeze it.

Sucking on the purple cubes was a great way to cool off - that is until I overindulged and almost developed frostbite on my tongue.

Now, I am more likely to open the freezer and pick out my choice of heat-relieving frozen fruit. It has most of the flavor of ice cream without most of the calories.

My current favorite is raspberry: I love it when the brilliant tiny berries defrost on my tongue with their intense flavor.

Frozen blueberries are also a fun afternoon treat, but they have a tendency to turn your fingers and tongue a very scary color that you'll have to explain the rest of the day.

As for strawberries, they're better eaten half-defrosted - but they also work great as flavorful ice cubes in a glass of orange juice while sitting on the patio.

A friend swears by frozen grapes - seedless of course. And, I’ve seen recipes for frozen bananas – whether sliced into chips or split down the center and slathered with peanut butter.

A slushy of cantaloupe sounds good too – maybe with strawberries as a topping.

Now, we all know why I need to get a second mortgage on my house before I return to the dentist.

Previously: A chilly blast from the past - Animals eating icy treats!

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  1. frank

    water

    September 17, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Reply
  2. Myesha Pathak

    5/5 stars for ya

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    19602 Boones Ferry Rd NE Hubbard, OR 97032
    Phone: (503) 678-5871

    August 2, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Reply
  3. Jon

    Sounds great. I need to give this a try! Great article!

    July 25, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  4. Jamie

    Nothing beats frozen yogurt for me...whether TCBY, Red Mango, in the freezer section at the store, or placing a container of yogurt in the freezer for a half hour :) YUM

    July 24, 2011 at 11:37 am | Reply
  5. RM

    iced coffee. i keep a two quart pitcher of cold coffee in the fridge and make my own coffee ice cubes. i'll add flavored creamer to the cold coffee and drop a few coffee cubes into the glass ... keeps it nice and cold without watering down the flavor. unsweetened iced tea is also a favorite, along with an ice cold black cherry propel fitness water.

    July 24, 2011 at 9:28 am | Reply
  6. FeiYe

    This hot summer, I teach you Chinese,and you teach me English. OK?
    email:yefeilc@yahoo.cn
    1020140343@qq.com
    Thanks

    July 24, 2011 at 8:30 am | Reply
  7. ferrara

    Coffee ice cubes! Pour strong freshly-brewed black coffee into those old metal ice cube trays. After frozen, drop some into seltzer or milk!

    July 24, 2011 at 12:39 am | Reply
  8. chilly

    Frozen green tea with mint and honey. very refreshing and delicious. Enjoy!!!

    July 24, 2011 at 12:27 am | Reply
  9. PAUL

    bunch of lardrumps,no wonder u americans r all fat."oh its hot i better freeze some fat and suck on it all day" friggin porkfaces

    July 24, 2011 at 12:19 am | Reply
  10. tiohio

    frozen brussel sprouts

    July 23, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Reply
  11. hot chick literally

    Sonic ice after drinking the diet coke.

    July 23, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Reply
  12. Ben Hutchins

    I used to quite happily eat straight ice as a cooling method, until my dentist chided me for it and told me that a) it would ruin my teeth and b) it's a psychological disorder. Now I still do it but feel bad about it, which is pretty much all that medical dietary advice is ever good for...

    July 23, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Reply
  13. Jeanette

    Fresh peaches, sliced with a little sugar and then frozen. Thaw a little until slushy. Wonderful.

    July 23, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  14. Kimmy

    Slushy white blueberry tea, with frozen blueberries added in place of ice or mint cucumber water. Both are extremely refreshing on a hot day!

    July 23, 2011 at 6:52 am | Reply
  15. Susan

    coffee granita topped with kahlua whipped cream

    July 22, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  16. Khopdi

    Hot tea w/o sugar ... sounds odd but works good for me.

    July 22, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  17. GQ

    Variety of Breast milk.

    See my blog for my recipes.

    July 22, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  18. ShellyK

    I love frozen green ice tea with a bit of lemon. I freeze bottles of this and take it to work to drink during the day. Green tea is also a great way to ward off hunger cravings for junk food.

    July 22, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Reply
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