The weather has warmed up (like really hot!) and the grill is in full gear! Summer makes me think about watermelon and corn on the cob. Besides, the beach, summer conjures up memories of delicious food on the grill or cool, crisp and refreshing fruits and veggies. You know it's easier to eat healthy in the Summer due to the abundance of beautiful, ripe and delicious fruits and vegetables that are more readily available and in front of us during this season. Now is the time to focus on making small changes to your diet for a big impact on your overall health! This ain't just about losing weight, it's about being healthier overall. Here are five smart, simple tips for healthier eating this summer and some recipes to help you accomplish your goals.
1. Work more veggies into your diet. Now's the time my friends to start putting in those summer veggies into yours and your families meals. I enjoy adding avocado to my
sandwiches and salads. Or the next time you're cooking fish, meat, or poultry, try this: sauté some brightly colored peppers, onion, garlic, and tomatoes to serve as the topping. Not only will it be packed with flavor, but your portion size will be bigger without too many additional calories.
2. Make a beautiful and filling salad. Not all salads are healthy, especially at a restaurant. Salads loaded with dressing, cheese, and fried chicken are also loaded with calories and fat. But healthy salads don't have to be boring. Make one with a lot
of different vegetables for more disease-fighting nutrients. Top it off with a lean protein like grilled chicken, fish, or beans. I love to add everything to my salad- pickled jalapenos, cranberries, sunflower seeds. You can even make salads with fruit like Watermelon and Feta salad that is healthy, refreshing and delicious! See recipe at bottom of page.
3. Avoid overdoing it at summer BBQs. Oh boy, this is my toughest goal to accomplish. Beat the temptation to overeat by putting the healthy stuff on your plate first. Fill your plate with fruit and green salads and choose raw vegetables over chips.
If you treat yourself to dessert, be aware of the portion size and keep it reasonable. Ice pops are also a great, low fat and refreshing way to have a treat! The key is moderation and
recognizing when you're full. Once you've finished, move along! Play with the kids or get everyone together for a game of volleyball, Frisbee, basketball, or tag. I know that when I move away from the table, I'm less tempted to keep eating.
4. Cook at home.
Summer is the easiest time to cook food at home.. on your grill or air fryer, there are so many recipes. There are a lot of benefits to eating at home. You can save money, but you'll also know exactly what goes into your meal. Plus, cooking at home is generally healthier, especially if you use a heart-healthy recipes. Try to cook with your kids to get them in the habit of healthy cooking/eating too!
5. Don't forget the fruit! Summer is a great time for fresh fruit. Add your favorite berries to your morning cereal or oatmeal. It's warmer out so you'll feel more apt to go for something cool and refreshing! Choose watermelon or cherries for dessert instead of cookies or ice cream. You can top it with a dab of whipped cream. Did you know you can grill peaches? Oh my yumminess!
Remember, nectarines and plums are in season too which my kids love! Start making healthier food choices today! Remember, even small changes can have an impact on your health
3 HEALTHY RECIPES THAT TAKE LESS THAN 20 MINUTES TO MAKE
Here are 3 great, healthy and filling recipes that take 20 minutes or less and utilize more veggies and fruits as per the recommendation for healthy summer eating!
Perfect Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Eggplants
BBQ Chicken with Grilled Peaches and feta
Watermelon and Feta Salad