Summer weekends at the beach, backyard barbecues, and outdoor dinners are finally here, but these gatherings are often loaded with high-calorie pasta salads, chips, ice cream, cocktails and beers. Enjoy your warm weather favorites while keeping your nutrition in check as well as getting active with the tips below.
Stay Cool and Hydrated
Drink water, at least two to four cups (16-32 ounces) upon rising, and similar amounts if you are going out for activities and exercise. Carry water with you in a hard plastic container (more stable polycarbonate rather than polyethylene that leaches plastic into the water). You may also use a traveling water filter. Most people need two to three quarts of liquid per day, and more in hot weather or with sweating and exercise.
Include products with a high water content into your diet
Fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables at their organic best. Consuming foods that are cooling and light such as fresh fruits, vegetable juices, raw vital salads, and lots of water will nourish your body for summertime activities. Include some protein with one or two meals. There are a number of light, nourishing proteins that don't require cooking. Most of these complement fruits and vegetables nicely - nuts, seeds, sprouted beans, soy products, yogurt, kefir, and cottage cheese. Fish and poultry can also be eaten.
Go on a healthy picnic
Take some special summer time with your family, kids, and friends who share the enjoyment of outdoors. Plan a fun picnic if you're able and motivated for a day. It is a good idea to pack fresh fruits and vegetables that are easy to eat. Hiking in the wild, camping, playing at the river, or a few days resting at the ocean are also great activities for the summer. Rekindling our Earth connection has benefits that last beyond this season, continuing to enrich the whole of your life.
Grill lean meats
Grilling is one of the lightest ways to cook, but to keep it that way, you should pick leaner meats such as chicken and burger meat. Not only are lean meats better for you, but they’re better for your grill, too. Fatty meats drip more and can cause more flare-ups, which can, in turn, burn your foods. Grease dripping on your grill also wears out the grill’s metal parts faster. It is lighter, faster and certainly healthier choice for the summer.
Avoid unhealthy snacks
Cravings for unhealthy food happen to everyone. There are many factors that can lead to these cravings, from a bad day at work, to bad habits, to nutritional deficiencies. These cravings can be hard to overcome. But, with some willpower and few simple tricks, you can do it. To help yourself in avoiding unhealthy snacks, try putting vegetables and fruits on the grill. It’s healthy and will definitely satisfy your appetite, thus making you forget the cravings.
Summer has finally arrived! It’s time to whip out the BBQs, dig out those bikinis and jet off on holiday for some well-deserved relaxation on the beach. However, for many of us, summer also brings the temptations of ice cream, overdoing the tan and forgetting the summer diet and exercise. Follow the tips mentioned above and have yourself a great, healthy summer!