If you are anything like me, you look forward to summertime every year! The weather is nice and there are always fun things to do like baseball games, vacations, you name it. It may seem hard to stay on top of your health goals during this time, but we can make summertime healthy together!
Summer health tips
These helpful summer health tips will invigorate you and your start to summer. Don’t go on this journey alone; share this list with a friend and encourage each other to be your best selves while having fun this summer!
Start fresh – Winter is done, and the warm weather is here to stay (for at least a few months)! Take this time to start fresh and be the best version of yourself this summer. Start simple by taking a walk outside and enjoy the fresh air. Make it a gratitude walk--and as you exercise, remind yourself of the things you are grateful for in your life.
Take advantage of the weather – Try to get outside as much as possible during the summer. Think back to the long, cold and dark winter days when you wished for sunshine. Now it is here, so take advantage of it.
Take your lunch outside – If you are working in the office, ask a coworker if they want to eat outside with you. If you work remotely, step away from your desk and enjoy your lunch in the fresh air and sunshine.
Summer safety tips
The summer brings lots of sunshine, but it can also bring sunburn if you don’t apply sunscreen before going outside. Follow these simple summer safety tips so you and your family can have a fun and safe summer.
Summer mental health tips
Keep these tips in mind when focusing on your mental health this summer:
Don’t be too hard on yourself – After a unique and challenging couple of years, life is slowly getting back to normal which means you can get back to a good routine now. You may need to start slowly when getting back into your routine, but don’t beat yourself up if it takes some time to find your rhythm.
Summer is a wonderful time to focus on improving your eating habits, especially increasing your fruit and vegetable intake. The summer months bring tons of yummy and fresh produce to the grocery aisles and local farmers markets. Items like blueberries, mangoes, cucumbers, corn, watermelon and many more will be hitting the shelves soon!
Healthy summer appetizers
Here are two delicious and easy healthy summer appetizers to enjoy during the sunshine season.
Black Bean & Corn Salsa
First combine these ingredients:
Next combine these ingredients to make the dressing:
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 juiced lime
½ teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon cumin
salt & pepper to taste
Pour the dressing over the mixture and enjoy!
Pineapple Mango Bruschetta
1 can pineapple rings
1 diced mango
1 diced bell pepper
¼ red onion, diced
Grill pineapple over medium heat for three minutes per side then dice
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mix well, and let sit for 15 minutes
Preheat oven to 400 degrees, place bread slices on a sheet pan and brush with olive oil
Toast bread in oven for 10-12 minutes, then let them cool
Top bread slices with a spoonful of the fruit mixture
Healthy summer dinners
Change up your normal dinner routine and take family dinner to the backyard. You could even pack up dinner and take it to your favorite park.
Take advantage of using a grill outside. These are some of my favorite things you can cook on the grill this summer:
Salads are a perfect way to stay healthy and get creative for dinner. Make salads a staple item on the dinner menu at least once a week and try these items to help enhance the salad:
This year, try to venture out and try new summer fresh produce including:
Healthy summer desserts
Who said dessert and healthy can’t go together? Try these simple ways to lighten up some of your favorite summer desserts:
Lighter side of peach cobbler
Slice fresh peaches and spray them with a little coconut oil and season with cinnamon
Air fry peaches in air fryer for 10 minutes at 400 degrees
Serve with granola and a scoop of frozen nonfat whip cream
Frozen Fruit Pizza
Fill your muffin pan with muffin liners
Combine 1 cup of oats, ¼ cup peanut butter and a ¼ cup maple syrup
Mix well and smash oat mixture into bottom of muffin tin
Fill oat molds with non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt
Add desired fresh sliced fruit (e.g., kiwi, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and mango)
Place in freezer overnight
Make this summer a positive one with these healthy tips!