How to Stay Healthy Over Summer Vacation

Image provided by: Carolyn Johnson

Image provided by: Carolyn Johnson

Summer vacation is here!  That means no school, no homework, no tests, and 24 hours a day of free time.  While vacation can typically lead to tempting unhealthy foods, and a lack of working out, there are a bunch of ways to keep a healthy streak going for the whole summer!

Image provided by: Carolyn Johnson

Image provided by: Carolyn Johnson

Bring healthy food to gatherings// for most people, summer means barbecues, pool parties, cookouts, and other fun gatherings, most of which have lots of unhealthy food at the ready.  If possible, offer to bring a dish or two of your own, such as fruit salad or veggies and hummus, so that there are healthy options for anyone who wants them.  Your body will definitely thank you for choosing the carrot sticks over the potato chips,

 

Substitute summer favorites// when the weather gets warmer, ice cream is a classic go-to snack to beat the heat.  Instead of munching on the sugary and fat-laden dessert, choose a healthy alternative.  A great substitute for ice cream is blended frozen bananas, which you can make in a food processor or blender in less than five minutes (plus it’s super customizable)!  Also try blending frozen chunks of watermelon with a little bit of water and lime juice for a refreshing, light shaved ice.

Image provided by: Carolyn Johnson

Image provided by: Carolyn Johnson

Stay in for dinner// it can be tough to find healthy menu options (or order them when everyone else is ordering cheeseburgers and fries), and although summer vacation is a great time to go out to dinner with friends, try hosting a dinner instead.  This way, you and your friends can make lots of healthy, yummy foods together (which is much more fun and interactive than sitting at a table with a menu)!