During summer, many of us think we have to go on a crazy diet. However, we couldn’t be more wrong.
There are plenty of healthy ways to feel “lite” and still get the proper nutrition we need on a daily basis. Below are some tips on how to do just that:
More FluidsMake sure you include healthy beverages as a part of your summer diet. Try something different like green tea, herbal tea, herbal juice, or vegetable juice. Make a smoothie with soy milk, honey, and fresh fruit.
Lighter Foods Summer diets should consist of lighter meals than consumed in colder months, but can include many types of foods.
Fruits & VegetablesFruits and vegetables are abundant during the summer months, so stock up on your favorites and eat them with every meal. Fruits and vegetables are nutrient-rich and generally low in calories, which makes them ideal for a healthy diet.
Fish A great option for light protein for a summer diet is fish.
SmoothiesFor a cool snack to beat the heat, try a fresh fruit smoothie.
Smaller MealsEating smaller meals more frequently throughout the day will help keep your energy levels stable for lots of summer fun in the sun.
Raw FoodWhen you make raw foods a part of your summer diet, be sure that they are hygienically prepared and served. Bacterial activity is pretty high in summer and uncooked foods are good storehouses of bacteria.
Watery FoodsWhen changing your diet for the summer, consider including foods with high water content. Watermelon, cucumber, tomatoes, and peaches contain water, help you feel full, and don't contain many calories. Body fluids may become depleted from the hot summer sun, and a good way to replenish that is through foods. Snacking on these foods regularly and drinking plenty of water will keep you well hydrated.
Be safe and have a fun summer!