Working out isn’t the only way to stay healthy during beach season. By incorporating a few of these healthy habits into your day, you can feel great all summer long.
Remember your vitamin D
If you’re being diligent with the sunscreen you might not be getting quite as much D as you think. Our bodies produce vitamin D from the sun’s UV rays. But sunscreen blocks UV absorption. tellFocus on getting your fill through food sources instead, like egg yolks and fatty fish like salmon, tuna, or sardines.
A crunchy snack
Instead of getting your crunch fix from a bag of potato chips, make your own pickles with cucumbers from the farmer’s market. Fill a large jar with equal parts water and vinegar, along with a healthy pinch of salt, whole peppercorns, garlic cloves, fresh dill and sliced cucumbers. Marinate in the fridge for one to two days before eating. They’re a flavorful, low-calorie snack that even count as a serving of veggies.
Some healthy soft serve
When the craving for something cold hits on a daily basis, just remember that pureed frozen bananas make a delicious nondairy ice cream year-round. You can easily make it at home with your Cuisinart Mini Prep Plus Food Processor from Buydig.com.
Guzzle a glass of ice water before meals
Drinking water before a meal could help you eat fewer calories, making it easier to keep your weight in check. The icy cold water might also give your metabolism a slight boost. Skip the sodas and add fresh lemons and cucumbers to your water to enhance the taste.
Eat your sunscreen
There’s a reason watermelon is the fruit of the summer. Nothing tastes better than a slice of the pink melon on a hot day. But it’s also rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that can help protect your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays. It’s no substitute for sunscreen, but every little bit helps.
Add artichokes to your BBQ menu
Artichokes don’t get enough love, but it’s time to change that. A tasty, fiber-rich seasonal side to practically any protein, artichokes also contain compounds that may help aid the liver’s ability to produce and release bile. This helps fight the dreaded bloat that can happen from too many summer celebrations.
Drink pomegranate juice
Outdoor summer workouts mean extra sweat, which can throw your electrolyte levels out of whack and leave you dehydrated. But pomegranate juice is loaded with potassium, an electrolyte mineral that can help you rehydrate and encourage your muscles to recover faster.
Dress up your salad
You’re loading up on leafy greens this time of year anyway, so why not give those salads an extra boost? Apple cider vinegar is a great way to add probiotics to your diet. Not to mention it could help keep your blood sugar stable after you eat, so you’re less susceptible to junky cravings. Start with just a tablespoon because that’s all you need to get the benefits.
Explore the world around you while tracking your steps and calories burned on your Garmin Vivosmart from Buydig.com. Discover nature trails, national parks, state parks, hiking, canoeing, or just get out and try walking around a city or a beach. Getting outside during this time of year will be nothing but a good time, especially with gorgeous views and great friends.
Summer tends to fly by, so enjoy it while doing things that are beneficial to your mental, emotional, and physical health.
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