As you gear up for a fun Fourth of July celebration, keep these tips in mind and make your holiday a happy and healthy one.
Oftentimes thirst and hunger are confused, so stay well-hydrated especially in the hot July heat. Avoid high calorie drinks like soda and try to limit your alcoholic intake. Try drinking water infused with lemons, limes, strawberries or cucumbers or unsweetened ice tea with lemon.
Use A Smaller Plate
Studies have shown people serve up food in proportion to their plate, not their hunger. Something as simple as choosing a smaller plate at the BBQ will help prevent overfilling your plate and stomach with extra food. As always, make sure you have a balanced plate with one quarter lean protein, one quarter quality carbohydrate and the rest with vegetables.
Don’t Skip Meals
Eat regular, healthy meals throughout the day. If you have a well-balanced breakfast, you won’t arrive at the BBQ later starving and find yourself over-eating.
Choose healthier options for the grill. Make grilled turkey burgers instead of hamburger, grill chicken breasts instead of wings or try fish like salmon and mahi mahi. Add more vegetables to your cookout with kabobs.
The calories and fat content in sides can add up quick. Swap mayo-based potato or pasta salad for oil and vinegar or greek yogurt versions. Ditch the salty potato chips and dip for baked tortilla chips and guacamole or hummus.
Start a healthy tradition by making time for a Fourth of July hike or post dinner walk. Play yard games or touch football. Head to the pool and splash around. Go for a bike ride. Just get moving!
Cure your sweet tooth with sweet, in season fruit. Make a fresh berry cobbler with granola and greek yogurt or throw a slice of watermelon or pineapple on the grill for a post dinner treat!
Written by: Jillian Tongate, Marketing Manager