Summer screams bbq, chips, ice cream, pies, and popsicles, but the refined carbs, saturated fats, processed sugars, and artificial ingredients can dampen the love of such comfort foods and cause everything from gastrointestinal and mood issues to sleep disruption and lowered immunity.
And who wants that to deal with over the summer?
This year, don’t stress about forgoing your seasonal favorites, just consider tweaking them for a healthier version when needed.
Need some ideas on how to do that? Here are some to get you started!
Select low fat lean protein instead of those with highly saturated fat and opt for ones that offer additional nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, minerals (such as iron), and vitamins.
Move over salads slathered in mayo! Use side dishes for vitamin, antioxidant, and fiber nutrition with plenty of vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.
Sugar is a hard one to pass up in summer, so limiting it may be a more feasible option when it comes to dessert. In addition, consider balancing sugary foods with protein.
Natural, low-sugar drinks can provide hydration and flavor!
From backyard barbecue to park picnic to mid-week meals, have fun with your menu this summer. And remember…you can still enjoy delectable comfort food with healthy twists!
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