Good Advice If You Hate Summer

Wake up. Beat the heat. Repeat.

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Do you feel a slight twinge of panic at the thought of wandering too far from your air conditioner? Do you get a stomachache just thinking about how quickly an ice cream cone melts into a sticky mess? Does the buzzing of bees follow you wherever you go? If so, there’s a good chance you hate the months of June, July and August. Fortunately, you don’t have to swear off the summer completely; these 9 recipes can help alleviate some of your worst, warm-weather woes.

Rise and Shine

Does the sun take a toll on your skin? Foods like strawberries and cucumbers can help nourish your skin and protect it from damaging UV rays. Make a pitcher of Strawberry-Cucumber Water before bed and drink a glass the following morning for a natural, summer-ready glow!

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Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

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Make Your First Meal a Frosty One

Quicker and easier than breaking out the blender every morning for a smoothie, these healthy Peach-Oat Breakfast Ice Pops are light and refreshing — the perfect way to cool down early in the day.

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Stay Hydrated

Headaches, sleepiness and dry skin: Summer’s no fun when you’re dehydrated. Give your body what it needs by munching on water-based fruits and vegetables all day long — like the ones in this no-cook Watermelon-Cucumber Salad.

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Enjoy Some Family-Friendly Fun

The kiddos don’t go back to school for weeks; you’re going to need some projects to keep them occupied. Try making these way-too-cute "Bananimals" (Frozen Banana Animal Pops) — the better-for-you frozen treats that kids of all ages will enjoy.

No Bake Chew Truffle Cookies

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Prepare for Outings

Day-trip like a pro with healthy (and delicious) snacks that you can make in a flash. Tuck these No Bake Chewy Truffle Cookies into your cooler or refrigerated lunch bag for an extra bit of energy when you’re on the go.

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Chill Out

When summer hands you lemons… (you see where I’m going with this, right?) Relax with a lemonade-inspired, gin beverage! A sprig of fresh mint in this Lemon-Cucumber Cocktail will make it even more refreshing.

Give the Oven a Break

You don’t need to heat up your kitchen to enjoy a satisfying dinner. Lime juice will "cook" fresh, raw seafood in the refrigerator for you. A twist on a classic recipe, this Mango Salmon Ceviche makes a casual, crowd-pleasing meal when served alongside your favorite tortilla chips.

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Treat Yourself

Dotted with fresh, in-season berries and layered with bright lemon cookies, this good, old-fashioned Lemon-Berry Icebox Cake may just change your mind about summer!

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Tara Donne

Savor the Season

Try an if-you-can’t-beat-them-join-them approach to the warmer months. There’s no better way to appreciate the joys of the summertime than by savoring sweet corn and juicy tomatoes at the peak of ripeness. This Fresh Corn Tomato Salad is a must-try.

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