Summer, Summer, Summertime

A few weeks ago, Huffington Post shared 100 Tips for a Healthier Summer. That’s a lot. So, I’ve chosen the best of the best (and the most doable).

Here are getPHYT’s top 10 picks!

1. #3: Start with a high-fiber breakfast of complex carbohydrates. Try crispy whole grain cereal, a berry-studded bran muffin or chewy nine-grain bread. Summer days are long and jam-packed with fun, outdoor activities, which can be draining. Start your day off with a nutritious breakfast to give you a much-needed boost of energy. The Best Part of Waking Up is Breakfast!

2. #18: Be sure to have protein with all meals and snacks. Remember that we’re trying to burn fat and maintain muscle. It’s important to feed our muscles when we’re busy with fat-torching exercise! Get your grill on! Check out these recipes from Bobby Flay.

3. #25: Good hydration is important year round, especially when you’re actively exercising. It’s even more important in the summer months, so be sure to keep your water bottle with you at all times. Water keeps you hydrated, keeps you cool, and keeps “things” moving when you’re focused on a healthy, high-fiber diet. Don’t get a heat stroke. Hydrate yourself.

4. #33: Baked, broiled, grilled or poached usually mean less or no added fat. Pass on the fried or sautéed menu choices. Here are some fresh, healthy summer recipes courtesy of Food Network.

5. #48: Skip the second helpings — get used to having one serving. “Please, sir, I want some more.” NO!!!

6. #51: Go nuts! Sure they’re high in fat, but they’re mostly good fats and a small amount goes a long way. A few almonds and an apple make a quick and portable snack choice. Going to a theme park or taking a road trip? Take some nuts with you! They’re the perfect snack!

7. #66: Kabobs are great. Cut veggies such as peppers, eggplant, or zucchini in even-sized pieces and thread them on skewers with cherry tomatoes or mushrooms before popping them on the grill. When they’re all the same size, they’ll cook at the same rate. And they’re low in calories and high in fiber. Click here for recipes for 50 different kinds of kabobs. 

8. #88: Whether you’re watching television or talking on the phone, stand up! It burns more calories than sitting, and every calorie counts! What?! That’s easy!

9. #93: Instead of sunbathing on your vacation, get active! Plan a biking or hiking trip this year. Visit at least one of the 397 National Parks in the United States this summer and Park it Like it’s Hot.

10. #97: Get plenty of sleep. It’s easier to overeat when you’re tired. Caffeine, sugar and simple carbs are the worst choices for a pick-me-up. You’ll be ready to take on the day after a good night’s sleep. Rock-a-bye Baby!

Have a great summer!

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