Summer Smarts
Nutrition Aug 1, 2016
Summer Smarts

Summer is usually the season for backyard barbecues, relaxing at the beach, and soaking up the sun’s rays. Even though some indulgence during the summer is allowed, it is important to make healthy nutrition choices and stay active. Keep your nutrition in check this summer with these helpful tips.

Don’t forget to eat breakfast

The best way to start every day, not only in the summer, is to eat breakfast. Your body needs a jump-start in the morning so eating a breakfast with protein, carbs, and healthy fats will give you energy to start your day.

Enjoy fresh fruit and veggies

We often neglect to eat enough fruits and vegetables during the day. Fresh summer produce offers options for every meal of the day. Add some fresh melon to your breakfast or grill some zucchini for dinner. Fruits and veggies give you vital nutrients and make a great addition to any summer meal.

Add seafood to your diet

Summer is the best time to find fresh seafood. Seafood is an excellent source of protein and omega 3 fatty acids. For a low-calorie summer lunch enjoy grilled salmon, tuna, or calamari.

Opt for green tea

While sweet tea is a go-to summer favorite, its high sugar content makes it a poor choice when you are trying to keep your nutrition on track. Green tea is full of natural antioxidants and a refreshing alternative to other sugar-heavy drinks.

Snack throughout the day

Eating 5 to 6 times per day actually helps you avoid over-eating by making you fill full and satisfied throughout the day. Pack yourself healthy snacks such as apple slices, cucumber, carrots, or nuts to eat at work, while traveling, or spending the day at home.

Stay hydrated

It is easy to become dehydrated in the hot summer months. Combat dehydration by starting your day off with a glass of water when you wake up. Continue to drink water with every meal, before and after every workout, and throughout the day. Keep a water bottle with you everywhere you go to remind you to stay hydrated.

Cook with the family

Get the whole family involved in healthy summer nutrition by involving everyone in meal planning and preparation. Meal planning helps you avoid reaching for packaged and processed foods. Try new recipes for the grill, such as a healthy spin on the classic burger.

Be active

Healthy summer nutrition relies more than on diet alone. Plan activities for you and your family that take advantage of the warm weather, but also burn calories. Take a hike, go for a swim, or walk the dogs daily. Summer is also a great time to clean and organize your home. Cleaning is a great way to burn calories and make your home a healthy and inviting place.

Making healthy nutrition choices during the summer is easy when you follow these tips. Taking advantage of fresh summer produce and seafood adds valuable nutrients and variety to your diet. Staying fit during the summer is fun when you involve the whole family in warm weather activities. Have fun this summer while staying fit and eating well!