Head Start on Healthy Summer Eating

14 05 2012

Liz Gilchrist

No dieting necessary or even suggested! Now that spring is here, the options for healthy eating are abundant. Soon, garden produce will be more readily available and the cost is likely to go down in the grocery stores. This is the perfect time to get back on track, or more focused with your healthy eating rituals.

The first step to any healthy eating plan is just that, PLANNING! Take some time to write grocery lists, plan meals and get your family involved. Making the choice to be healthier should include everyone in the home. Make this a weekly meeting and schedule planning like you would your exercise or doctor’s appointments.

Look for local produce. A farmer’s market is a great place to find produce at a reasonable cost. Find a local farmer’s market in your area through the link below. Just enter your zip code for a listing.

http://search.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/default.aspx

If market shopping is not a possibility, look for local farmers selling produce on the side of the road. Although it may seem strange, most of the time, this produce is even cheaper.

Unfamiliar with a particular piece of produce? Ask someone or search the internet about cooking methods. Don’t be afraid to try new things and make the most of seasonal produce.

Make small exchanges that will lead to big results. Grill outside of the box. A small switch to beef with less fat can make a big difference. You can save 100 calories by switching from beef that is 20% fat to 10%. Save half the calories by switching to ground turkey or chicken.*

Tired of the same old meat and bun combination? Check out the link for a spin on the classic including recipes for a fajita, black bean, salmon, turkey, inside out burger and many more. All of these burgers will add to your servings of vegetables and are right around 400 calories, buns included.

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/healthy_hamburger_recipes_and_more_burger_recipes#leaderboardad

Stressed about eating at parties? Come prepared with healthy sides you will feel good about sharing. Many of these are healthy twists on the classics like deviled eggs, seven-layer and potato salad.

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/collections/summer_potluck_sides_desserts

Make a smart decision for dessert that will leave you feeling confident. A cup of fresh pineapple has about 100 calories, while a cup of strawberries has only 50. Consider freezing fresh berries or grapes for a refreshing treat. Cut them up for a fruit salad.

Want some guiltlessly indulgent ideas? Take a look at the link for sweet ideas around 150 calories.

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/collections/quick_healthy_dessert_recipes

*Confirmed by myfitnesspal.com

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