Healthy Choices – Summer

It is technically summer already (I kind of feel like I blinked – half the year over!?)  With the warmer months come tons of barbecues and outdoor shindigs…and with those, often a smattering of less healthy food options.  But there is always a way to stay clean (if you want to!), and to enjoy yourself.

A burger once in a while won’t kill you for sure, but when eating poorly happens consistently, it can start to weigh you down.  Literally.  

Not everyone is out to slim down for a bikini, but I think staying healthy, and at a healthy weight, is something that should be a priority for those of us with the ability to do something about it.  We have one body this go round!  

It’s also important if you have kids – not only do they eat what you provide, but they also learn by example!

The other day my love and I took a road trip to meet a new family member.  We had the wonderful fortune to spend time with family, and also friends of the family…and their four little ones.  It was one of those ultra hot summer days so we made sure to have water (and a slip-n-slide! 😉 ) in tow.  Hydration is HUGE when the sun is really beating down.  It has the added benefit of filling you up a bit too, which is great when in surroundings you don’t control. Perk!

Before we left, I had my usual poached eggs – a new market opened around the corner so we gave it a whirl.  What I really needed was some salt but…the seasonings otherwise were kind of neat (peppery powders and things – Looked mighty artistic!)  I appreciated the additional healthy-fat for a garnish…but I left it as a garnish because three yolks was enough for me!  Protein, in addition to the fat, is a great way to start the day as it keeps you fuller longer (and for a road trip, that’s always key!)

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My lunch was baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, sliced turkey and mustard – more protein, fiber, and water to hold me for another few hours.  In the afternoon, friends brought out a summer favorite – sliced watermelon.  The juicy, sugary treat was just what I needed – a perfect, deliciously refreshing pick-me-up to counter the draining effects of the hot sun.  It does, by the way, contain a nice amount of nutrients – vitamins, antioxidants, lycopene…  Great option to a popsicle for sure!

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There’s also nothing better than grilling on a bright summer evening, so that’s exactly what took place later.  I air on the side of being ultra clean, so I try to stick to plainer foods (for example, I prefer chicken breast that hasn’t been marinated.)  I don’t, however, like to make a fuss, particularly when someone is kind enough to have me as a guest!  In those cases, I will choose the cleanest food I am able, and work with that – it won’t kill you to have something off your plan once in a while, but you generally will have some choices.  

Just because you aren’t in your own home, you don’t have to feel like you are forced to make poor decisions.  You don’t have control over what other people offer, but you can always choose the foods with less sauce, have a smaller serving of more calorically dense foods, maybe have a little extra melon to fill you up…!  

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