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Dr. Oz: 5 Ways to Stay Cool in Sizzling Heat, Plus 90-Calorie Strawberry Sorbet Recipe


The West is sizzling, with record highs of 112 in the little California town where I live. Although the weathermen are happy, the rest of us aren't so thrilled. Dr. Mehmet Oz to the rescue, with his June 26 blog offering five cooling tips on how to beat the heat. Plus: Get the recipe for 90-calorie naturally sweet strawberry sorbet recently featured on his show.

Try these tips to stay cool naturally. You'll save on electricity and enhance your health:

  1. Freeze Your Fruit: Step away from the ice cream and frozen bars made with sugar syrup. Freeze banana slices, berries, melon cubes and grapes for naturally sweet treats.
  2. Cool Your Pulse Points: Did you know that your body is hotter at your pulse points, such as your wrists, back of neck and forehead? By running cool water over them or placing a cool washrag on those areas throughout the day, you can stay cool. My tip: You can also try taking an ice pack to your bedside and use it throughout the night on those areas. Just make sure to wrap it in a towel for protection against your skin
  3. Make It Spicy: Spice is nice. On hot days, it causes you to sweat and naturally cools your body. My tip: Try hot salsa on a salad for a slimming combination of hot and cold. Capsaicin can fight fat, reduce inflammation and even suppress your appetite, says Dr. Oz.
  4. Blow Cool Air: Dr. Oz suggests putting your fan where it pulls air from your cellar or basement, where it's cooler. My tip: Place a bowl filled with water and ice cubes in front of your fan. It will blow icy cold air and provide natural air-conditioning to your home.
  5. Protect Your Skin: We're talking about more than sunscreen here (which you need). Wear a broad-brimmed hat, a lightweight long-sleeved shirt and sunglasses.

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Super-Sized Slimming Strawberry Sorbet
When you're trying to beat the heat, it can be tempting to sip a milkshake. A better choice: A 90-calorie strawberry sorbet that's naturally sweet. Created by Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD and Jim Perko Sr. CEC, AAC for Dr. Oz's viewers, the recipe offers a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth and sooth the summer sizzle.

Strawberry Sorbet Ingredients
Makes 5 Servings – Serving Size: ½ cup

  • ½ cup Rhubarb – diced (2 3/8 oz.)
  • 1 cup Orange Juice
  • 1 cup frozen Banana slices – firm packed, about 2 bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups frozen Strawberry – cut in half (10 oz.)
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger – minced (1/8 oz.)

In small pot, simmer rhubarb in orange juice for 15 minutes until tender. Strain and reserve both the cooked rhubarb and juice. In blender, combine frozen strawberry, banana, ginger, rhubarb and ¼ cup of reserved juice. Blend until smooth and serve or freeze for a harder consistency.

Nutritional Information Per Serving

  • Calories: 90
  • Sodium: 0mg
  • Sugars: 12g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Carbohydrate: 22g