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We've gathered up gransnetters' top tips on beating the heat, from refreshing recipes, nifty tricks to cool down before bed and weather-conscious fashion. 


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Eat cool


Fancy a light and delicious starter? Try our simple recipe for gazpacho - perfect for a hot, summer's day.

If you're looking for a light lunch, packed with goodness, look no further than our summer citrus salad with avocado and mango. Why not serve it up with crusty bread and a cheese platter?

Feeling fruity? Our tropical layered yoghurt made with coconut water, fresh figs, mango and plain Greek or natural yoghurt will leave you feeling refreshed.

Accompany your meal with an elderflower cordial. Stick it in the fridge or freezer for a cooling summer drink.

And don't forget to check out our quick and easy ice cream recipes the grandkids will love.


Stay cool


If you've got light curtains or blinds, keeping them closed for most of the day can help block out the sunlight and keep your rooms cool. However, if your curtains are thick, keeping your curtains closed may be counter-intuitive; they will actually trap warm air and reduce circulation. Open a few windows or turn on a fan.

Trying to get to sleep when you're sticky with sweat is never easy. One user highly recommends a cool dip in the bath before lights out...

"Before you go to bed, get into a shallow tepid bath and leave the cold tap running slightly until you are lying with as much as possible of you under cold water. Stay there until you feel really cold, possibly half an hour, then get out and go to bed." 

If you've got the freezer space, "wrap a sheet in a plastic bag, put it in the freezer, then half an hour before bed lay it between the bottom and top cover. Cools the bed down a treat." 

You might feel like you need a little bit more than just a sheet. If so, retire the winter duvet to the loft and replace it with a light two tog summer duvet to see you through the warmer months.


 There's more health and wellbeing chat over on the forums...

Dress cool

linen trousers

It's not always fashion first. Don't worry about what you look like - wear a hat and keep your factor 50 topped up.

If you are fashion concious, one user has worked our a nifty trick... "I have just bought some linen trousers from M&S that are very baggy. Someone once told me that a mistake people often make is to buy clothes on the small side...she said go a size bigger and you'll look thinner." 

You can find lots of loose colourful cotton tops on the high street or from local charity shops to match with your white linens and couple them with a pair of airy Birkenstocks. As another user puts it, "comfort and coverage at a reasonable price". 


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