Ideas For Healthy Eating During Summer Months
I don’t know about you- but when it’s really hot outside, the last thing I want to do is eat a hot, heavy meal. So let’s go with that:
As a general rule of thumb, 1/2 of your plate should be fruit and/or vegetables, 1/4 a lean protein (chicken, fish) and 1/4 a whole grain (rice, pasta, bread).
Vegetables and fruits are perfect summer foods- they are full of water and will help you stay hydrated. You can take a dish that’s typically hot and heavy- like pasta with pasta sauce, and “summer-ize it” by letting the noodles cool and using Italian dressing as a substitute. Add in chopped vegetables or even chicken and you’ve got the perfect summer dish!
Use frozen fruit to flavor water instead of turning to soft drinks and other sugary drinks. Sugar will dehydrate you faster and the frozen fruit triples as ice cubes, water flavoring and a snack when the water is gone!
Use a grill (or George Forman). Please, help yourself out! Seriously who wants to cook when it’s hot? (Or if you’re like me- maybe you don’t like cooking period!) Stock up on chicken, steak, whatever. I throw a bunch in the freezer and each week- Saturday we take out our “meat of choice” marinate it in something- usually a different salad dressing and on Sunday we grill. We grill enough meat for leftover lunches for the next 2-3 days. You can use the leftovers to make wraps or add it to a salad. And you don’t have to turn on that oven or stove! And then come Wednesday or Thursday, we do a different meat and use it in other “cool” cooking methods for lunches until Saturday!
For dessert- get waffle cones and fill them with fruit- top with whipped cream or a little chocolate sauce!
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