1) During the summer, many of us will be attending parties and cookouts where there are lots of different kinds of foods. You can eat healthy and still enjoy the party, by being mindful of portion sizes, which should be no larger than a small fist. Stay away from salt, creamy salad dressing, too much bread. If possible, hold off on the salad dressing. Fruit and veggies are great alternatives to salty snacks and try to fill up on veggies first. Bring a bottle of water with you to avoid or limit alcohol. Another great tip is be social! The more you talk, the less you will eat. When bringing a dish to a party, make sure it is a healthy choice. After you eat move around and mingle!
Snacks Attacks at the Beach or Pool
2) Many of us will be spending our summer days at the beach or by the pool. An easy go to snack or drinks to bring to the beach aren’t always healthy. Try bringing frozen grapes and berries. Bananas and cut up veggies are a great snacks too. Some alternatives to water is coconut water, water with cucumber, lemon or fruit of your preference.
Rolling the Dice When Dining Out
3) Summertime is when many of us travel and go on vacation. Since it’s not always possible to cook a meal, dining out is the only option. Here are some tips on eating healthy at a restaurant: Eat small portions. Ask if half sizes are available or share a main dish. Choose entrees with less sauces and pasta. Definitely avoid fried food and buffets !
Eating at Attractions and Amusement Parks
4) When visiting amusement parks, the food available isn’t always healthy not to mention expensive! If you’re trying to stay on track with our diet try packing your own sandwiches cut in halves. Also in a soft cooler with an ice pack, bring grilled chicken strips. Fruit and unsalted nuts are easy portable snacks.
Some other great tips to keep in mind as you enjoy your summer is:
- Keep water with you at all times.
- Do not skip meals. This will lead to over-eating and making the wrong choices.
- Exercise before going to parties.
- Quick outdoor workouts are great when traveling or out of town.
- Cook meals that you can freeze and take on the go in the car if traveling.
Also keep in mind these conversions to keep you on track:
- 2 IPA Beer's will take 500 squats to burn off
- 1 Hot dog = 45+ minutes of INTENSE cardio
- Ice cream sundae will burn off after at least 2 boot camp classes
- Macaroni salad would take at least 2 kickboxing classes to burn off