Whether you are harvesting tomatoes on your back deck or exploring your local farmers market, there is no better time than summertime to eat healthful, fresh foods. This is a great opportunity for you and your family to practice wholesome eating habits together.
This summer, celebrate the season with food and meal choices that encourage a healthy and balanced diet. Such choices could include whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs and nuts.
One great summer eating tradition is to grill out. According to Mary Herbert MS, RD, LDN of Winchester Hospital, a few simple marinating and cooking techniques can help keep your family healthy and happily fed this summer:
- Marinate meat (even briefly) to help prevent possible causes of cancer.
- Microwave meats for at least two minutes before grilling.
- Aim to reduce smoke when grilling. You can do this by selecting leaner cuts of meat, trimming off excess fat and cooking on aluminum foil.
- Consider grilling antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables along with your meats, adding interest and nutrition to your meal.
In addition to eating healthy foods, try to keep a regular meal and snack schedule throughout the summer months and to pair this with regular activity and exercise. If you are exercising or just out and about, be sure to stay hydrated. This is especially important for children who are more prone to dehydration than adults. The amount of fluid a child may need may vary from six to fourteen cups a day, depending on the child’s age, weight and activity level. Adults and children alike should make every effort to stay hydrated throughout the year but particularly during the hot, humid summer months.
To learn more about healthy eating this summer, consider making an appointment with one of our registered dietitians.