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Six Ways to Have a Happier, Healthier Summer

This article comes from Attune Foods and has six really easy things that you can do this summer.

School is out! And that means it’s time for the summer activities and foods that we’ve been looking forward to for months. I don’t believe for a moment that you need to starve yourself to fit into your bathing suit.  Instead, I like to focus on what I can have during the summer. And guess what? It’s pretty much everything. That is, if you plan ahead just a little bit and focus on the healthier options whenever possible.  Here are a few ways in which I do that.

1. Enjoy Summer Fruit

Summer is by far my favorite produce season. By February, I’m dreaming of perfect peaches from our farmer’s market. Of course, there are also plums. Watermelon. Strawberries. Cherries. Figs. Nectarines… So instead of reaching for a candy bar or other sugary, processed food when you want a summer treat, why not grab one of those?  (Okay, maybe not an entire watermelon, but you get the idea.)

2. Grill with Care

The arrival of summer also means the start of BBQ season! I’m a huge fan of grilling – it’s easy and delicious (two of my favorite things).  Of course, what you choose to put on the grill makes all the difference. Most veggies are fantastic on the grill – and pretty hard to mess up (unless you let them slip through the grates!).  Just marinate them for about 30 minutes in a little olive oil, maybe some balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper and you’re all set (try that with Portobellos – and sprinkle a little blue cheese on top when they’re nearly done. Heaven!). When grilling meat, higher-quality meats (pastured, sustainably raised) will taste better and be better for you, and you won’t need to weigh that burger down with tons of cheese and condiments.

Also, try to avoid hanging out near the bowl of potato chips. You’ll end up mindlessly snacking on them and eat far more than out would otherwise. Position yourself near the baby carrots instead, and you’ll still get that satisfying crunch!

3. A Day at the Beach

Going to the beach to soak up some rays?*  Staying hydrated is important, so instead of bringing along soda or other sugar-sweetened beverages, bring along a water cooler filled with fruit- or vegetable-infused iced water.  It’s delicious and refreshing, and you’ll never miss that bottle of sugary Gatorade. It’s a whole lot cheaper, too.

Some ideas: Cucumber slices. Strawberry slices. Lemon and lime wedges. Watermelon cubes. Maybe toss in a few mint or basil leaves as well!

* Don’t forget your sunscreen, of course. Check out the Environmental Working Group’s 2013 Sunscreen Guide to help you find a good one.

Click here to read tip #4, 5 and 6.

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