Cool down after a long shift with these easy summer recipes
Categories: Travel Nursing

Summer is in full swing! Temperatures are swelling, and chances are your calendar is, too. That is why we wanted to share the inside scoop on ways to cool off and keep you refreshed after those long, hectic workdays. 

Popsicles are a must-have cold treat for those hot summer days. Plus, it’s easy to make and store. All you need is a popsicle mold, a blender, and whatever fruit you have lying around. We recommend strawberry and watermelon popsicles, a refreshing and healthy snack filled with amino acids and antioxidants! Simply, cut up 3 cups of watermelon and 1 cup of strawberries, zest the lime, blend, and pour the mixture into the popsicle molds. Place in the freezer before your shift, and voila, the popsicles are ready for you to enjoy when you come back. 


Another easy, cold sweet treat that requires little to no effort to make is frozen fruit! Yes, you heard it, frozen fruit. Stick your grapes, berries, and blackcurrants in the freezer until they are frozen. After a shift, you can eat them straight from the freezer or add them as a topping to your yogurt or ice cream. 

If you are looking for something a bit more hearty, we recommend preparing a smoothie. One of our favorites this summer is a multi-fruit tropical smoothie. Blend up some frozen mango chunks, frozen pineapples, strawberries, orange juice, and greek yogurt. For more substance, you can add flax seeds, chia seeds, or protein powder. All in all, a smoothie is a perfect after-work snack that will fill you up and keep you cool. 

Craving something with a bit more kick? Bring out your inner kid with this homemade lemonade recipe. All you need is water, granulated sugar, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. Perfect for those long summer days, plus you can store it in the refrigerator for up to 8 days. 

For more of a challenge and a little extra time on your hands, you can try crafting this mango and passion fruit sorbet recipe. Stir water and caster sugar into a saucepan until the sugar dissolves. Then, stir in the liquid glucose until it disappears, and leave the syrup to cool off. Add mango and passion fruit smoothie and lemon juice into the liquid. Freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker or into a freezer-proof container, taking it out ever so often to whisk to keep it smooth. This recipe requires more time in the kitchen, but it’s worth the energy and effort. 

If you aren’t a big sweet tooth, makeshift a bite-sized sandwich with some veggies, cold meats, and cheese. Be innovative and create finger foods with whatever is in your fridge! 

Refreshing snacks are a must for those hot summer months and can be a rewarding treat after those long work shifts. Pass these recipes along to your friends, and don’t forget to drink tons of water throughout the day. We hope these easy recipes will keep you cool and rejuvenated, ready for your next workday. 

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