A healthy lifestyle is important to maintain regardless of the seasons. However, summer is a little more chilled out and we tend to let go as we feel like we’re being more active. It is important to keep some dietary tips throughout the year whereas some can be adapted depending on the season. For example, fruits like cherries aren’t available all year long, so it’s best to make use of them in the summer.
Summer is a time we spend lounging around or being extra active. Either way, the urge to eat more is always there. Temptations arise, our bodies are dehydrated, and an ice cream a day is something we get used to. There’s nothing wrong with indulging once in a while. With these 7 healthy diet tips for the summer, your indulgences won’t be guilty pleasures anymore!
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1. Drink Lots Of Water
This goes without saying. Staying hydrated is one of the most important healthy tips for the summer. Everyone knows this. Your body gets dehydrated as the temperatures go up. It is essential to have at least 8 cups of water a day.
If you feel like you’re not able to reach this goal, carry a bottle of water with you wherever you go. You could even add slices of lemon and/or oranges to give it a bit of a fresh fruity taste. Alternatively, you can download apps that remind you to hydrate yourself every few hours. Make sure your kids are also hydrated throughout the day!
2. Eat Your Water
No, we don’t mean ice. We mean summer fruits like watermelon! Watermelon is sweet, and natural sugars are always good for you. But it is also full of water which can be a good solution to those of us who don’t drink water regularly.
Obviously, explore other fruits which have many benefits such as blueberries, raspberries, peaches, and cherries. The options are endless and yummy! Harry Styles wasn’t kidding when he was singing “I want more berries and that summer feelin'”.
3. Use Fresh Produce
Take advantage of the summer farmers’ market. Buy fresh and organic produce from these markets. Try to find vibrant colors like red tomatoes or yellow bell peppers. These make for a great source of vitamin c and vitamin a, plus you have a variety of things you can make with them. Hunt around for fresh avocados.
They make for a great spread on your morning toast or a tasty addition to your afternoon salad. Finally, purchase any fresh greens you see at these markets. They are coming straight from the soil, and will be great to use in a variety of dishes.
4. Choose Fresh Juice Over Cold Pop
Pop can be tempting during a hot summer day. However, stick to fresh juice in order to make sure your body is getting natural sugars, water, and some natural vitamins. If you are craving that pop like taste, you can add some sparkling water to your mix just like Pick Up Limes’ Sadia does to some of her drinks in her video Refreshing summer drinks to cool you down.
5. Yogurt Helps Keep Cool
Yogurt is a great source of calcium and protein. Based on your dietary requirements, you can also look at vegan yogurts made from soy or other plant-based milks. These are great to have with your breakfast (add in some granola and some fresh berries), or after you can have a few spoons after a meal as dessert.
You can even choose to have frozen yogurt as a dessert over ice cream. Some yogurts are rich in pro-biotics which are great for digestion. Say bye to ice cream and hello to fro-yo with this healthy switch! Of course, there’s no harm in indulging once in a while.
6. Restore Your Body’s Electrolytes
While water is important to stay hydrated, it is equally important to restore your body’s electrolytes. You lose electrolytes such as sodium, calcium, and potassium when your body sweats.
Because we sweat more in the summer, it is important to keep the body fueled with electrolytes through foods such as bananas, raisins, spinach, milk, and maybe even some sports drinks.
7. Watch Your Alcohol Intake
Summer is a great season to have those cold cocktails in your backyard or at a patio. It’s okay to have a few drinks, but be sure to watch the amount you take in. Firstly, it’s high in sugar. When you do consume alcohol, look at low-sugar/low-calorie intakes.
Secondly, alcohol is notorious for dehydration. Ensure that you are drinking water between drinks. This helps you stay hydrated and avoids that dreaded hangover the next day!
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