Focus On... Healthy Eating in the Summer

August 2020

It can be easy to eat unhealthy treats during summer months, which is why it is important to add in healthy foods to balance out your summer diet.

Below are five tips on eating healthier in the summer:

  1. Take advantage of the seasonal fruits and vegetables.
    Peaches, watermelons, and tomatoes are at their best (and fresh) during these warmer months! Plus, they contain a great amount of nutrients for your body and some even keep you hydrated. Try substituting out a cookie for some watermelon during dessert, or ordering a seasonal salad at a restaurant.
  2. Enjoy seafood.
    Fish is an excellent food source to add to your diet and is known to be especially fresh this time of year. It is a great source of protein and is low in calories. Fish, such as salmon, reduce the risk of heart disease by providing a substantial amount of omega-3.
  3. Eat the right amount of fruits and veggies.
    Fruits and vegetables contain a high amount of water, so if you consume those in your daily meals, you are on the right track to avoid dehydration.
  4. Cook at home.
    Most of us have been at home longer than we thought we ever would be! This is the perfect time to commit to cooking at home more often to have better control over caloric and fat intake. By eating at home, you know exactly what ingredients you are putting into your meal, plus, you will save money!
  5. Limit alcoholic beverages.
    It is important not to consume too much alcohol — especially in the summer. Alcohol causes dehydration, which is more common during hot weather.
  6. WATER. WATER. WATER!
    Most importantly, drink lots of water. Staying hydrated is key during the summer.

Resources

To learn more about healthy eating in the summer, check out the following resources:

 

You Are What You Eat (Get Healthy, Stay Healthy)

 

8 Healthy Summer Foods to Add to Your Diet (Eating Well)

 

This Summer, Eat Well—Eat Safely (Get Healthy, Stay Healthy)

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