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How to keep your tummy happy in hot temperatures and heatwaves.
During the hottest months of the year, which in Rome can be from as early as June to early September, it is a good idea to adjust your diet, in order to keep your organism 'fresh' and well hydrated, especially on very sultry days. Seasonal fruit in particular such as melon, watermelon, peaches and strawberries are great because they contain so much water.
Here's the shortlist:
We also have a few favourite recipes that we enjoy when it's hot:
We don't tend to have alcohol at lunch time when it's very hot (or the evenings for that matter) since alcohol is, by nature, dehydrating, but if we really fancied something with our lunch it would be no more than one glass of chilled white wine or prosecco, and in August we would stick to mineral water (still or naturally effervescent). For evenings my new favourite cocktail is a virgin Mojito!
NB: if you're not based in Rome (Rome has great-tasting clean drinking water) and you're not sure if your water is safe for washing salad you can use bottled mineral water. Find advice from the BBC on washing salad and veg.