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5 Tips to Celebrate a Healthy Summer

Don't let all the fun summer celebrations get you off track with healthy eating and physical activity. You can still live a #healthy lifestyle and enjoy warm, sunny, #summer fun with friends and family.


Here are some tips for the next few months:


CALL AHEAD


Talk with the host or hostess. Can you bring a healthy dish to pass?


PLAN A HEALTHY DISH FOR A POTLUCK


Think fresh fruit, #veggies, and hummus, a salad or pasta salad loaded with veggies.


PLAN AHEAD AND PRIORITIZE


Eat a healthy snack before the party, or choose small portions of the higher calorie foods at the party and load up on veggies.


TAKE ADVANTAGE OF GRILL SEASON


Lean proteins are great for grilling: Try boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, fish or turkey burgers.


Veggies, veggies, and more veggies: Kabobs and foil packs are great for grilling different types of fresh veggies.


Don't forget about fruit: Peaches, nectarines, and pineapples are great for the grill.


DON'T FORGET TO HYDRATE IN THE HEAT


Extra sweating means extra fluid and electrolyte loss, which means more water. Limit alcohol as it further dehydrates you in the hot weather


Try fruit-infused waters or no salt, no-sugar-added sparkling waters.


Unsweetened iced tea is another great low-calorie option.


MAKE YOUR SUMMER CELEBRATIONS ACTIVE


Get family or friends involved in baseball, softball, touch football, volleyball games


Organize a family-style summer #Olympics event Hula hoop contests, jump rope competitions - anything to get your group moving.


Lawn games like croquet, bocce ball or bean bag toss are fun too.


And don't forget about simple walks or bike rides on a local trail or abound your neighborhood!

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