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Friday, May 24, 2013

5 Ways Stay Healthy All Summer Long

When summer starts - it seems like all routines disappear.  Don't let your healthy habits end once school is out.  Here are 5 tips you can easily maintain while enjoying a kick-back summer:
  1. Maintain a regular mealtime.  Flexibility is ok, but try to keep meals fairly routine (e.g. 8-9 am for breakfast, 12-1 for lunch, 5-6 for dinner)
  2. Drink water.  Avoid soda pop, koolaid, capri suns, juice boxes and sports drinks whenever possible.  Make water your first choice.
  3. Stock your car with emergency "smart snacks": nuts, dried fruit, and low-sugar, high-protein granola bars work great to keep you from veering towards the drive-thru.
  4. Brink kids into the kitchen.  Kids have more time to learn how to cook other meals, experiment with new recipes and just have fun in the kitchen.
  5. Eat more plants.  Plan a few extra minutes after your grocery shopping trip to wash, cut and portion out your produce.  Bag up sugar snap peas and carrots and keep them visible in the fridge.  Skewer up some melon and pineapple, then freeze for great popsicle alternatives.  
For more in-depth information - check out my segment on Studio 5

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