Happy Wednesday everyone! Are you getting excited because a long weekend celebrating Memorial Day is right around the corner?

But you know what comes with Memorial Day celebrations?

TEMPTATIONS!

Yep! its official, Summer time is almost here, and it can be difficult to stay on track with your healthy lifestyle when everyone around you seems to be indulging in your favorite Summer treats.

Just follow these simple tips and you will have no problem staying on track during the next 3 months!


COOK AT HOME

Opt out of going to restaurants for meals. Stay in and cook up your favorite Summer dishes at home. Break out the grill; take advantage of the beautiful, warm, night weather and head outside with your meal! You won’t miss the atmosphere of a restaurant when you are enjoying the outdoors with a delicious, healthy meal!

Try out these light recipes on the grill that everyone in the family will enjoy:


Eat Fresh Foods in Season

Take advantage of the delicious fruits and vegetables in season right now! Head out to your nearest strawberry patch or farmers market with the family and enjoy picking out healthy, fresh foods together! Everything tastes better and is better for you, when it’s fresh.

Here’s a list of some fruits and vegetables is season during the Summer:

  • Strawberries
  • Plums
  • Cherries
  • Apricots
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Green beans
  • Okra

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Every once in a while it’s okay to indulge in a sweet treat, especially in the summer time, but that doesn’t mean you should throw away your diet by eating a pint of Ben and Jerry’s or going to your local ice cream drive through. Instead make a dessert at home. By making your own treats, you know exactly what ingredients are being used and you are able to control your own portion sizes. Something as simple as cinnamon apples will satisfy your craving while keeping you on track. Or try a basil strawberry lemon smoothie for a fresh summer taste!

Ingredients:

  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cup of crushed ice
  • 1 tbsp. of fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1-2 packets of stevia
  • 8 frozen strawberries

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients into a blender.
  2. Blend until desired texture.
  3. Serve immediately.

Hydrate

Lastly, it is so important to stay hydrated all year long but especially during the hot, dry months of Summer. Just a few benefits of drinking water include helping with digestion, energizing your body, flushing out toxins, aiding in weight loss, and so much more. Research shows you should drink 60 to 80 ounces of water a day, but remember, there’s no such thing as too much H2O! Fun tip: add some fruit to your water to give it a fresh summer taste!

Follow these simple tips and enjoy a happy, healthy Summer!