Written by Registered Dietitian, Bridget
Water is the best form of hydration during the hot summer months. It regulates body temperature, delivers nutrients to cells and increases energy levels. Most people need at least 2 litres of water each day. Incorporate hydrating foods like oranges, melons, cucumber and tomatoes into your summer meals for an extra boost!
Have fun with freshness!
Incorporate colorful foods at each meal! Get creative with salads and fresh fruits and veggies! These foods contain lots of vitamins and minerals, which can help you feel your best in the hot weather. Fruits and veggies are high in fibre, which contributes to a healthier digestive system.
Healthy digestion= feeling great in the heat!
Use your BBQ!
Your BBQ is great for nights when it is WAY too hot to turn on the oven. It is also perfect for cooking large quantities of food (all you meal preppers!) and for incorporating veggies into meals (kabobs!)
Dig the Dips
Snack foods are common for poolside afternoons or beach days, and dips make them so much more fun! Try incorporating hummus, guacamole, tzatziki or another homemade dip recipe with fruits and veggies for a more nutritious snack plate. snak. chocolate bites make a great addition to any snack plate too!
Practice flexibility with summer treats
Summer may include a few “treat” moments. Restricting yourself from eating these foods will only make you crave them more, which could lead to overeating. Bridget suggests giving yourself permission to eat them! Practice moderation skills and portion control with these foods. You will be able to enjoy summer that much more when you do not feel deprived of tasty food 🙂
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