HEALTHY SUMMER EATING TIPS

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Noreen Gallo MSRD, LD

With warm weather upon us, barbeques, picnics and dinners on the back porch cannot be far behind.  

Eating healthy does not have to be difficult during the warmer months when you follow these 5 simple tips.

Sneak more veggies into your day.

Fresh veggies are in abundance during the summer months but don’t forget about the convenience of frozen also.  Frozen peppers, onions, cauliflower, rice and chopped spinach are quick and easy additions to stir fries and casseroles.  Along with adding a punch of flavor, they also volumize your meal without adding a lot of calories, allowing your portion size to be bigger.

Grill Once, Eat Twice.

Take advantage of having the grill heated up and cook more meat or fish than is needed for your meal.  The “leftovers” can be tossed into a stir fry, on top of a salad or mixed into a casserole for a quick and easy dinner or lunch.  Toss some veggies on the grill as a quick and easy side dish.

Stay Hydrated.

Proper hydration is key to remaining healthy and energized during the summer months.  Thirst is a key indicator of hydration and if you wait until you are thirsty, you have already started to dehydrate.  Keep a bottle of water or can of seltzer with you at all times and remember to drink early and often. Start the day with a glass of water while you are waiting for your coffee to brew.

Power of the Platter at Barbeques:

Veggie Platter

Make it a habit to bring a big veggie platter to summer barbecues and picnics.  Pair it with a bowl of hummus or Greek yogurt dip and you can be certain there will be plenty of healthy crunch for you to nibble on while waiting for the meal.

Serve Fruit for Dessert.

Summer fruits are bursting with natural sweetness.  Take advantage of the abundance of juicy summer fruits for an after dinner treat.  A tiny dollop of whipped cream can transform a bowl of berries into something extra special!

Contact Noreen Gallo MSRD, LD, our certified nutritionist if you are looking to lose weight, build lean, fit muscles, or are looking to learn more tips like these to kick start your summer diet.

Riley McInnis