Memorial Day is just a few short days away, and for most it marks the unofficial start of summer! This often means festive gatherings with friends and family, full of chips and dip, burgers, and ice cold beer. You may be worried about the toll this may take on your body and the dress size you worked to hard to reach just in time for summer. Don't worry, you're not the only one! That's why I have come up with some helpful Do's and Don't's of how to enjoy all that summer has to offer, while staying healthy :)
DO Look For Healthy Options OR Bring them Along
Summer barbecues are often full of burgers, hot dogs, chips, and mayo-laden "salads". But that doesn't mean that there aren't healthier options too! Fresh fruit, corn on the cob, lean grilled meats, veggie skewers etc. are all great options.
But what if none of those are available? Ask the host, and offer to bring something yourself! Most people will be more than happy to let you contribute and you'll know there will be at least one healthy option to enjoy. Here are some of my favorite summertime recipes that would be great to bring along:
DON'T Starve Yourself All Day
A common mistake a lot of people make when they know that they are going to indulge later in the day, is starving themselves up until then in an attempt to save calories. Unfortunately, by the time the party or BBQ roles around, you are so hungry that all your self control goes out the window! Rather than filling up on healthier options and sampling a few, more indulgent items, you end up eating everything in site. It's a much better idea to eat lighter leading up to the party, making sure to get plenty of protein and veggies, and then eat mindfully while you're there.
DO Stay Hydrated and Drink Responsibly
As tempting as that ice cold beer might be to quench your thirst on a hot summer day, it's important to remember that drinks have calories too and they can quickly add up! Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and with water-rich fruits and veggies like watermelon, cucumbers, and bell peppers. Check out our most recent blog article from earlier this week for some helpful tips on staying hydrated this summer. And if you want to indulge in that bubbly soda or frozen margarita, go for it! Just make sure to enjoy in moderation, keep drinking your water as well, and maybe have arrangements for a ride home ;)
DO Get Active
Take advantage of the sunny, warm weather and get active! Hit the beach for a walk, ride your bike around the neighborhood, go for a swim, play a game of tag with your kids, the possibilities are endless! And if it gets too hot, maybe a friendly water balloon fight to cool off. Just don't forget your sunscreen!
DO HAVE FUN
Because this is ultimately the point anyway! Don't spend too much time worrying about the food, just enjoy yourself. Get active or relax, surround yourself with family and friends, or stay home and pamper yourself. Whatever you do, do it for yourself, and have fun!