Healthy Dietary Habits for Summer
I love the Summer! The beautiful warm weather, the beach days, family visiting from abroad, spending more time out of the house. However, that means that we eat out a lot more. It’s nice and all, but I’ve packed on a few extra pounds, not nice, plus I really miss eating home cooked meals. There are so many ways to eat healthy and get rid of the extra pounds but I’ve decided to get back on track with these 5 tips & recipes.
Start Your Day with a Fresh Green Juice
This is one of my favourite rituals 🙂 Starting your day with a fresh green juice immediately boosts your immune system and energy levels, aids in digestion and gives you a nutrient punch.
Get back to cooking at home
Eating out is fun, but we always tend to eat much more as restaurant portions are huge, and we indulge in extras like desserts. Limiting your outings and cooking healthy meals at home will save you money, you’ll probably eat less and most importantly, know exactly what’s going on your plate. Those extra pounds will start dropping off.
Add More Greens and Raw Food to your Plate
We all know greens are good for us, probably the best thing you can do for your body nutritionally speaking. Populating at least half your plate with a fresh salad or raw veggies will crowd out the unhealthy foods and just watch the weight come off!
Drink More Water
As you know your body consists of mainly water (up to 60%) and none of your organs can function without it. Water is crucial to your overall health. Many of us may drink tea, coffee or other liquids like juices or soft drinks to quench our thirst. None of these can substitute water. So, drink up and be sure to choose natural spring water over tap water.
Always Eat Breakfast
Eating or skipping breakfast can determine how the rest of your eating routine of the day goes. Skipping breakfast can lead to binging the rest of the day and satisfying hunger and cravings with the first thing that comes your way, which is usually unhealthy.
Planning your meals can save you time and stress and prevent you from eating easily accessible processed foods. For example, you can prepare overnight oats or breakfast muffins from the previous night and just grab them the next morning. Studies have shown that people who eat a healthy breakfast maintain a healthy weight.
Now the fun part 🙂 3 recipes to get you started.
Protein packed Nutritious salad
½ cup quinoa
¼ cup red lentils
1 small carrot grated
2 table spoons grated squash
1 cup baby spinach or greens of your choice, chopped
5-6 grape tomatoes halved
1 table spoon sunflower seeds, pan roasted
Salt, pepper, olive oil and lemon to taste
With salads, I just eyeball most of the ingredients. You can use more or less of each ingredient according to your taste. Add all ingredients to a bowl, dress and enjoy! This is a good portion for 1 person as a main or for 2 people as a side.
2-3 sticks of celery
1 green apple
Small piece of ginger
Greens of your choice: kale, spinach, collard greens, fresh coriander etc.
⅓ cup oats plus a pinch of ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon almond butter or peanut butter
½ cup milk of choice (I used almond milk) for a very thick consistency, or up to ⅔ cup milk for a lighter consistency
½ cup fruit (get creative)
Drizzle of maple syrup or honey according to taste
Add all the ingredients (except the fruit) to a container of your choice and mix well until all the ingredients are combined
Add the fruit (blueberries, raspberries or fresh strawberries). Fresh fruit is best added just before eating
If you’re using frozen blueberries, refrigerate the oat mixture for a couple of hours so it thickens, and then add the blueberries. This is so they don’t sink into the mixture
Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or preferably overnight.