How to Keep Up Healthy Eating and Exercise Habits This Summerby Guest blogger, Nicole Dellora
Who doesn't love the summer months, the sun, fresh fruit and veggies, and best of all, time to play and rest! For some of us, summer brings increased opportunities for healthy habits. However, for others it may seem harder to maintain good habits because of endless social events and activities that fill up the calendar. Well, not this year! Read on for some tips on how to maintain healthy habits this summer.
Take some time to plan
Make sure you find time for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is easy to get caught up with activities during summer but it is essential to ensure you get something nutritious for your 3 main meals. Skipping meals may mean you snack on nutrient-poor foods to fill you up which can quickly add excessive calories to your day
Head out to the markets
There is a large variety of fresh fruit and vegetables in season (see lists below). Check out your local farmers markets for fresh inspiration to dishes. Have a bowl of fruit easily accessible or pre-sliced vegetable sticks in the fridge. Slicing and storing fruit and vegetables in plain sight will help prompt snacking on these choices as opposed to that chocolate bar or ice-cream from the shops on the way home.
Drink plenty of water during the day to avoid dehydration. If water just doesn’t quench your thirst, try adding fruit slices such as melon, berries, cucumber or mint to jugs of water for a burst of low-calorie flavour.
Switch on the BBQ
Instead of the usual sausages and steak try grilling fish on the BBQ. Oily fish like salmon and tuna have great nutritional benefits and are easy to cook on the BBQ. Wrap fillets of fish in foil with lemon slices, crushed garlic and a sprinkle of herbs and place on the BBQ until soft. Combine with vegetable skewers or corn on the cob for a great meal! Prepare in advance and cook at the beach for a fresh and nutritious alternative to the greasy deep-fried fish and chips.
We all crave that sweet frozen treat during summer but it doesn’t have to be laden with calories, sugar and saturated fat. Using frozen bananas, mango or berries blended with water for a sorbet or with a few tablespoons of Greek yoghurt for frozen yoghurt can be a fantastic tasty alternative to ice-cream or gelato. Or try our delicious banana icecream recipe. Scoop into a cone and away you go!
Summer is supposed to be a time for friends, fun and summer sun! With these handy ideas you can get out and enjoy your summer to the fullest, knowing your health and wellbeing is still in check!