We love summer, but we don't love the pounds that are so easy to put on this time of year. Temptation is everywhere--BBQs, ice-cream shops, movie theaters, picnics, and more. Every activity from a baseball game to an afternoon spent at the pool seems to involve deliciously bad-for-you-foods. Boy, it adds up fast: By Fourth of July, your shorts are tight, and you're counting the days till Fall when you can wear jeans and sweaters again. Here are a few tips to help keep your diet on track and enjoy your summer fun!
1. Don't eat what you don't love Next time you're at a BBQ, don't aimlessly graze on that bowl of chips while you wait for your burger to cook on the grill. Sip water or unsweetened ice tea while you wait, and save the calories for the good stuff.
2. Veggies please Fruit and vegetables are the most delicious during the summer, so take advantage, and include them in as many meals as possible. (Some examples: Add tomatoes or cucumbers to sandwiches, shred zucchini into your scrambled eggs, and top your breakfast waffles or cereal with strawberries or blueberries.)
3. Try for healthier dinner The last thing you want to do after being at the park, lake, or beach all day is to cook a full dinner. But you don't want to do another drive-thru run either. Stock your freezer full of healthy options (veggie burgers, turkey burgers, sweet potato fries, grilled chicken). And don't forget, mac-n-cheese isn't so bad when there's a little spinach or broccoli stirred in. End meals with watermelon for a sweet treat.
Moms, what healthy foods do you love to eat during the summer?