Summer is here, and people are taking advantage with barbeques and picnics with friends and family. While many of us are more active during the summer months, we also have a tendency to indulge in the many wining and dining opportunities that always seem to be available. But even while you’re having all that fun you should still try to mind your diet as much as you can.
During the summer there is a shift from heavier fall and winter foods to the lighter fare. This means wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables are available. Summer is a time for produce and by filling up on these healthy options you can stay on top of your diet.
Since summer is the hotter time of year, there are plenty of cool drinks around. But some of your favorite summer drinks can be loaded with sugar and calories. Even when you watch what you eat, you might be sidelining your health goals by what you choose to drink. Go for lighter beverages and you can stay hydrated and healthy. Don’t forget, water is always the best thing to drink on a hot day.
When it comes to barbeques, grilling is a great way to add flavor without adding a lot of extra calories. By marinating your protein in a light dressing and throwing it on the grill, you can add tons of flavor and almost not extra fat, calories or sugars. Combine that with some fresh vegetables and corn on the cob and you’ve got a great tasting healthy meal.
The summer is a great time to dine al fresco. Some nutritional experts have sited that packing up a picnic lunch often allows us to eat healthier because of the foods we typically choose to take. So, if you have the chance to pack up lunch or dinner and take it to your favorite outdoor spot, do it!