Focus On... Healthy Eating in the Summer

August 2020

Between backyard BBQs and ice cream trips, it can be easy to eat unhealthy treats during summer months. It is important to add in healthy foods to balance out your summer diet.

Below are 5 tips on eating healthier in the summer:

  1. Take advantage of the seasonal fruits and vegetables.
    Peaches, watermelons, and tomatoes are at their best (and fresh) during these warmer months! Plus, they contain a great amount of nutrients for your body and some even keep you hydrated. Try substituting out a cookie for some watermelon during dessert, or ordering a seasonal salad at a restaurant.
  2. Enjoy seafood.
    Fish is an excellent food source to add to your diet and is known to be especially fresh this time of year. It is a great source of protein and is low in calories. Fish, such as salmon, reduce the risk of heart disease by providing a substantial amount of omega-3.
  3. Eat the right amount of fruits and veggies.
    Fruits and vegetables contain a high amount of water, so if you consume those in your daily meals, you are on the right track to avoid dehydration.
  4. Cook at home.
    Most of us have been at home longer than we thought we ever would be! This is the perfect time to commit to cooking home more than usual and having better control over your calories and fat intake which can be challenging when eating out. By eating at home, you know exactly what ingredients you are putting into your meal, plus, you will save money!
  5. Limit alcoholic beverages.
    It can be easy to have one too many during a get together. It is important not to consume a lot — especially in the summer. Alcohol causes dehydration, which you are already at risk with during the hot weather.
  6. WATER. WATER. WATER!
    Most importantly, drink lots of water. Staying hydrated is key during the summer, but it also helps keep you full and that will help with not over-doing it at that BBQ.

Resources

To learn more about healthy eating in the summer, check out the following resources:

 

You Are What You Eat (Get Healthy, Stay Healthy)

 

8 Healthy Summer Foods to Add to Your Diet (Eating Well)

 

This Summer, Eat Well—Eat Safely (Get Healthy, Stay Healthy)

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