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Savor the Season’s Best While Staying Healthy!

Summer is finally here! It’s the time for sun-drenched days, fun-filled vacations, and mouthwatering barbecues. While it’s tempting to let loose and indulge, you can still enjoy delicious seasonal foods without straying from your health goals. Here’s how to make the most of summer’s bounty while staying on track.

Savor Seasonal Produce

Summer brings a bounty of fresh, colorful produce that can make any meal a delight. Think juicy watermelon, sweet strawberries, crisp cucumbers, and vibrant bell peppers. These delicious options are not only refreshing but also packed with nutrients. Start your day with a mixed berry salad, enjoy a cucumber and tomato salad for lunch, and add grilled veggies to your dinner. Your taste buds and body will thank you!

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

With the summer heat, staying hydrated is more important than ever. Keep a reusable water bottle with you and sip water throughout the day. For a refreshing twist, infuse your water with slices of citrus fruits, mint, or cucumber. Remember, hydration isn’t just about drinking water – juicy fruits and veggies contribute to your fluid intake too!

Smart BBQ Choices

Barbecues are a summer staple, but they don’t have to derail your diet. Opt for lean proteins like grilled chicken, fish, or veggie burgers. Fill your plate with fresh salads and grilled vegetables. If you’re enjoying a drink, go for lighter options like a spritzer or a glass of chilled white wine. Moderation is key, so savor your favorites without overindulging.

Mindful Indulgence

Summer treats like ice cream and popsicles are hard to resist. Instead of depriving yourself, practice mindful indulgence. Enjoy your treats slowly, savor each bite, and pay attention to when you feel satisfied. This way, you can enjoy your favorite summer sweets without going overboard.

Plan Ahead

If you know you’re going to a party or on vacation, plan ahead. Eat a healthy snack before you go so you’re not starving when you arrive. Bring a nutritious dish to share, or scope out healthier options before you fill your plate. A little preparation can help you make better choices without feeling deprived.

Savor the best flavors of summer while staying true to your health goals. Here’s to a delicious and nutritious summer! 

Kristen Van Hull

Nutrition Coach

Prowess Fitness + Nutrition

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