Summer vacation is a time to relax, unwind, and rejoice over warm weather and time off from your heavy work schedule. Whether you are going to the Jersey Shore or hiking in the Poconos, summer weather can really quench your thirst for adventure but stimulate your appetite! Between the barbeques and the vacation getaways you have planned, it is easy to skip exercising and pile on the food. In order to avoid this common habit, follow these 5 healthy summer vacation eating tips that are easy to maintain and surprisingly enjoyable towards your craving appetite!
With hot temperatures and outdoor activities piling up, dehydration becomes a major concern. In order to stay hydrated, water is the best solution for maintaining a sustainable body temperature. Keep a large water bottle handy to encourage you to drink whenever and wherever.
Take Advantage of Fresh Produce
Produce is at its peak during the summer months. It is the perfect time to indulge in fresh fruits and vegetables while they are at affordable prices! Tomatoes, bell peppers, greens, berries, and watermelon are some examples of healthy and delicious fresh goods that you can find at your local grocery store or farmers market.
Perfect Time for Seafood
There is nothing better than having seafood while you are vacationing at the beach. Not only is seafood delicious, low-calorie, and protein packed, it is also extremely fresh and more affordable during the summertime. Salmon, tuna, lobster, steamer clams, calamari and shrimp are popular types of seafood that are typically very accessible during the summer months. If serving seafood at a party, remember to check that there are no attendees with shellfish allergies.
Be Smart About Dessert and Cold Treat Choices
In order to keep your cool and satisfy your sweet tooth this summer, try healthier alternatives to the typical high calorie and fatty ice cream treats. Try buying low-fat, fat-free or sugar-free ice creams and frozen yogurts, as well as, sugar-free sorbets which have significantly lower calories. Also, remember to control your portions! Ice cream portions are often too big for adults at local ice cream stores and stands. Ask for smaller portions or look for the 'kiddie scoop' that will satisfy your craving without making you eat more than you need to.
In order to keep your cool and satisfy your sweet tooth this summer, enjoy your ice cream or other frozen treats, but in moderation. Ice cream portions are often too big for adults at local ice cream stores and stands. Ask for smaller portions or look for the 'kiddie scoop' that should satisfy your craving.
"I usually recommend avoiding anything sugar-free due to artificial sweeteners. Also keep in mind if you are buying low fat, it’s typically higher in sugar. It’s better to have the real thing, just watch the portion,” says Audrey Fleck, Doylestown Health nutritionist. “My idea for a healthy summer dessert would be fresh berries with whipped cream or baked fruit like in a peach crisp, but be sure to reduce the sugar in a recipe."
Build a Healthy Burger at Your Barbeque
Burgers are a great dish to serve at any barbeque; however, they tend to be on the fattier side. Instead of cutting this out of your diet, try creating a healthier burger with whole wheat buns, lean meats such as turkey or chicken burgers, or go meatless with a veggie burger. Add delicious toppings like guacamole, feta cheese, and fresh vegetables. When deciding what cut of meat to buy, choose "loin" and "round" cuts of red meat and buy "choice" or "select" grades of beef instead of "prime" because they have the least amount of fat.
"If you are grilling, remember that studies have shown that charred meat increases the production of cancer-causing compounds. Marinating meat in vinegars or citrus (like lime juice or orange juice) as well as using herbs and spices will help prevent the production of these compounds," adds Audrey.
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