Summer is a perfect time to eat healthy, feel great and have lots of energy. Yet, when we go on picnics or to the beach, we notice that people are eating primarily junk food. It’s easy to believe the most recent statistics that almost 70% of Americans are overweight and that almost 35% age 20 and older are obese or grossly overweight.
Summertime events should be no excuse to overeat. In fact, it’s even more important to eat healthy, balanced meals so you can be fit and enjoy all of the activities. Rather than coolers full of sugary soda and beer and bags of chips, cookies and candy, you can plan 40-30-30 Formula meals and healthy snack alternatives that are delicious and satisfying. A balanced nutrition plan provides steady energy for outdoor activities and help you burn stored body fat for fuel. Follow these helpful tips when planning your outdoor summer picnics.
Protein: Choose lowfat protein foods, such as:
Grilled chicken or shrimp skewers
Hard-boiled or deviled eggs
Sliced turkey or chicken breast
Chicken strips in hot sauce
Lowfat tuna, salmon, or chicken salad
Lowfat cheese cubes or string cheese
Carbohydrates: Choose from a variety of low-glycemic carbohydrate foods, such as:
Fruits: grapes, berries, cherries, apples, peaches
Crunchy vegetables: edible pea pods, celery, carrot, and jicama sticks, broccoli, cauliflower, red and green bell pepper strips, dill pickle spears. Bring a lowfat vegetable dip.
Fat: Choose from a variety of quality fats, such as:
Black or green olives
Mixed nuts in the shells (you eat fewer that way) - pack a nutcracker.
Drinks: Ice down a variety of low-sugar drinks, bottled unsweetened black tea or greeen tea, sparkling water and pure water.
Design your next picnic with everyone’s health in mind for a daily victory you, your family and friends can all celebrate.
Joyce Daoust is a Certified Nutritionist and national best selling co-author of:
THE FORMULA, A Personalized 40-30-30 Weight Loss Program