Healthy Eating Tips
August 11th, 2017 | Brian Q. McDonnell
Summertime usually means you are on the go. And sometimes, planning meals can take a backseat to a full list of other activities. Family parks, beaches and lakes are usually filled with fast foods high in calories and fat, and low in nutrition. Taking a few minutes to fit in a little meal planning can make a big difference in keeping your nutrition plan on track.
Pack a cooler
Be prepared. While the smell of park food can be very tempting, most of the selections are bound to put a damper on your diet, so prepare by staying clear of temptation. Pack a cooler with ice, bottled water, sandwiches on whole grain breads, pita chips, hummus, yogurt and lots of fruit.
Pre-Plan your meals
Designate a day, like a Sunday for example, to pre-plan your meals for the entire week. Make sure you have all of your ingredients and separate everything out by day. This way, it becomes a once a week responsibility, as opposed to daily.
Take advantage of fresh fruits and vegetables
Summer farm stands and farmers markets are great places to find delicious, fresh produce. Be sure to incorporate a good, colorful selection into every meal.
Be sure to drink plenty of water, with meals and between meals. The sunshine and heat can be dehydrating. If you perspire heavily, consider drinks with electrolytes as well. Carry a water bottle with you whenever you can.
Look to the sea
Enjoy a selection of fresh seafood. It’s low in calories and packed with protein.
Clear the cabinets
Get rid of the high calorie low nutrition value snacks and replace them with fresh almonds, dried fruits, granola, yogurts and other healthy snacks.
Smaller and more often
Consider eating 5 or 6 small meals a day. Use the smaller plates in your dinnerware set. It will keep you satisfied, and keep your energy levels up.
Don’t skip breakfast
Breakfast is very important. When you wake, your body is searching for energy. Feed it with proteins, carbs and healthy fats.
Build a better burger
Consider whole grain buns, lean meats, and toppings like pineapple, guacamole, or feta for a refreshing and healthy change.