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Changing Seasons and Healthy Eating

Changing Seasons and Healthy Eating

Excellence in Nutrition Research and Practice
Posted on 06/25/2010 at 03:46:11 PM by Student Blogger
By: Alison K.

I am always trying to create ways to make healthier meals without sacrificing too much in the way of taste, texture, and overall deliciousness! Here are a few tips that I've thought of that go nicely with the changing of the seasons—I am so interested at how quickly my diet changes when the Central Valley starts to heat up!

  • Whenever I eat hummus, I love crunchy, salty pita chips with it. So good! Try replacing those high calorie goodies with some carrots or other low calorie vegetable like cucumber or celery.

  • Frozen veggies can be put in the fridge the night before you're going to prepare them or eat them. Just defrost them, so that you can throw your frozen peas or edamame into a salad without having to boil them in water, which makes them mushy and gross. I like to take a bag of shelled edamame and just put in my fridge so that I can grab a handful for a snack.

  • Create infrastructure for exercise. When it gets hot, it's so easy to just sit around and do nothing. I walk to work everyday, which is about an hour each way. People always think that's crazy, but building in some workout time into your day is priceless. Once you get it into your schedule, it'll feel weird to not do it! Even if your job is 2 miles away, it's not that far!

  • Drink lots of water! Oftentimes, we mistake thirst for hunger. When it gets hot out, it's especially important to try and drink lots of water. Some people don't really like drinking water, so I recommend trying to add a little flavor to it by having a big jug in the fridge, and adding sliced up cucumber, orange, or both! Just added something with a little zing will help you find drinking water more appealing.

Have a happy, safe, and healthy Summer!

1 Comment
Posted Jul 26, 2010 3:18 PM by Laurie

Great comments! I'm going to try adding a slice of cucumber to my water. We have lots of cucumbers in our garden right now.