Warmer weather is finallyhere! With higher temps come fun outings, social get-togethers, and trips. Don’t let your health goals spoil your fun or vice versa! Here are ten tips on how to enjoy your summer while staying the course.
1. Be the bearer of veggies and fruit. If you’ve met me, you know how much I love food and sharing my love of food. When it comes to potluck meals, I always volunteer (or am volunteered!) to bring a fun salad, veggie side dish, or fruit salad. That way, I know that there will be a delicious veggie or fruit dish to fill half my plate. Show your family and friends that healthy doesn’t have to mean boring. Try a spiralized Greek cucumber and tomato salad with feta cheese and red wine vinaigrette or a stone fruit salad.
2. Along those lines, fill half your plate with vegetables. That leaves the other half for whatever fun dishes you want to try. This rule works really well for potlucks or meals at restaurants. It’s all about balance!
3. Drink water!A good rule of thumb as to how much water you should drink is to take your body weight in pounds and divide it in half. Drink at leastthat many ounces of water. So a woman weighing 140 pounds should aim for 70 oz. water. Do you get tired of plain water? Try adding some crushed mint, cucumber and lime, watermelon and crushed mint, or pineapple and muddled basil for a fun twist! Find more ideas for infused water here.