Eat Right This Summer

Eat Right. Summer activities can keep you moving so much that it is more challenging to find the time to plan meals/snacks and grocery shop. Don’t skip these important strategies to keep your food intake on target. Instead simplify and make a food plan that you can repeat. Stick to six small protein-rich meals and be sure to look ahead for upcoming gatherings so you can take a healthy food item or two to share.

Picnics, Potlucks, and Cookouts. One of the best things about summer is gathering with friends and family on the deck or at a park to enjoy food and fun.  These events are easy to navigate if you are armed with a “can do” attitude and the right foods and drinks on hand.

  • Take your own drinks. You might want to “treat” yourself to a sugar-free tropical drink garnished with fresh fruit or a glass of sugar-free margarita mix with a lime (leave out the tequila). Calorie-free does not have to mean boring.
  • Take a dish and/or dessert to pass that you know is on your plan.
  • Feel free to say no to when someone offers you an unhealthy option.
  • Focus on people and activities more than food.
  • Take your own lean protein options for the grill. Think fresh fish, shrimp, marinated chicken breast, lean pork, beef tenderloin, and black bean or turkey burgers.
  • Select fresh fruit and vegetables for sides.

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About Deb Hart

Deb Hart is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. For the last 28 years, she has been helping bariatric surgery patients reach their health and weight goals. She teaches people how to set up a lifestyle that supports a healthy weight. Deb set up her own lifestyle to include lots of long walks with her furry family members, workout classes at her local wellness center, meal prepping, and finding new ways to enjoy foods without added sugar.
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