Food choices to fuel your summer

Food choices to fuel your summer
almost 4 years ago

I thought I would re-post this, because of this weeks heatwave.

Food choices to fuel your summer -

Summer’s finally here! After a long, harsh winter, everyone is looking forward to backyard BBQs, day trips to the beach and weekend getaways to the cottage. The foods that often accompany these activities – hamburgers, cotton candy, potato chips and hot dogs – are hard to ignore, but do little to fuel your body with the nutrients it needs.

As the temperature rises, it’s important to eat foods that will help maintain energy. So instead of reaching for that hot dog or can of pop, commit to the tips below and make this summer your healthiest season ever!

Take advantage of fresh produce. With produce at its peak during the summer months, now is the perfect time to indulge in nature’s finest by eating the freshest vegetables. Instead of whipping up a batch of potato salad for your next BBQ, try a mixed green salad. If you’re up to the task, create your own salad dressing. Do an Internet search, or check out recipe books to get ideas for different salads and dressings.

Eat your berries. They’re nutrient-rich, and, like vegetables, the most flavourful berries are readily available in summer. Instead of reaching for apple pie à la mode, make yourself a delicious fruit smoothie for dessert. When choosing fruits, always make sure you’re getting the freshest and best quality. Have fun this summer by going to different farmers’ markets or going berry picking.

Choose lean meats. Backyard BBQs and outdoor cookouts are common sights during summer. But eating the traditional cookout food – hamburgers and hot dogs – can expand your waistline and increase your fat intake. Instead of going for the traditional fare, why not choose leaner meats?

Some healthy meat alternatives include ground turkey or skinless chicken breasts. For added taste, soak in a marinade overnight and grill them to get that delicious BBQ taste. This way, you’re getting healthy, nutritious food without sacrificing taste.

Drink more water. Scorching hot temperatures and increased outdoor activity means more people suffer from dehydration and other heat-related illnesses. It’s extremely important to stay hydrated, especially while engaging in physical activities. If you’re mildly to moderately dehydrated, you may begin to feel symptoms such as thirst, dry skin, dizziness, light-headedness, and headache. If left untreated, these symptoms can lead to a more serious form of dehydration, marked by symptoms such as extreme thirst, lack of sweating, lower blood pressure, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate and loss of consciousness.

To stay hydrated during the summer, keep a bottle of water handy at all times. Place it somewhere you can easily reach for it. Make drinking water a habit by reaching for it at the same times each day. Summer is a fun season to get outside in the sunshine. Take advantage of all summer has to offer by eating well and staying hydrated.

©Shepell·fgi, a division of HRCO Inc. Reprinted with permission.