With Memorial Day approaching, summer is just around the corner. I LOVE SUMMER! I love the warm weather, the fresh fruits and vegetables, and all of the outdoor fun! It’s a social time with lots of eating and drinking and traveling, and sometimes these things can pack on a few pounds.
But they don’t have to. I’ve listed 8 Great Ways to Eat Well This Summer to help us all stay trim and fit.
- Contribute something healthy. If you’re going to a potluck gathering, take a salad, fresh fruit or a veggie tray. Or try one of these recipes. That way, you know there will be something healthy for you to eat there.
- Avoid mindless munching. Sometimes we eat food just because it’s set out in front of us. Find a spot away from the food table. Keep your hands busy by holding a water glass and stay out of the chips or Chex mix bowl.
- Limit the alcohol and choose water. It’s important to stay hydrated, especially in the warm summer months. Alcohol can dehydrate, add empty calories, lower inhibitions and lead to mindless eating. Drinking water can fight off cravings, increase satiety, and help keep those extra pounds away.
- Take a food survey. When at a potluck, survey the foods available and look for the fresh fruits, vegetables and protein. Fill up on these types of healthy foods first. I usually try to find a nice lettuce salad and nearly cover my plate with it.
- Pack a cooler. Pack up some healthy foods when traveling. You’ll be less likely to stop for greasy fast food. Try:
- Lettuce wraps
- Hard boiled eggs
- Fresh fruit
- Cut up vegetables
- Protein bars
- Or take a look at 12 Healthy Travel Snacks for more ideas
- Get active. Not everything needs to be about food. Throw a Frisbee around at a park cookout. Suggest meeting a friend for a walk instead of a meal.
- Enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables. Shop at the Farmer’s Market and take advantage of the fresh seasonal produce. You’ll get some great prices, too!
- Be choosy about desserts. Summer often means apple pie on the 4th of July, keeping cool with ice cream treats and a full dessert table at cookouts and picnics. However, you don’t NEED to eat dessert to have a good time. If you do want to indulge, take a small portion and eat it slowly to savor it.
Here’s to a healthy, happy summer!