By Kayleigh Caito
Summer is a wonderful time of the year! The grass is green, sky is blue, and sun is HOT. And since we enjoy spending more time outside, it is important to get plenty of fluids and stay hydrated. With the warm weather, come cravings for a refreshing cool beverage or big scoop of ice cream! I have outlined some tips to beat the heat this summer, staying hydrated, and keeping your calories controlled!
Healthier tips to stay cool this summer:
- Don’t forget to drink your water.
- Being hydrated is one of the easiest ways to stay energized and healthy. Since water makes up about 70% of the body, it is important to drink enough water to keep the muscles and organs working to their potential. Stay ahead of dehydration by drinking water often throughout the day! Hydration is also important when it comes to exercise. It is important to drink water before, during, and after a workout.
- Flavor your ice water
- Even though it is important to be hydrated during those hot summer days, sometimes water can be, well, bland.Try sprucing up your water by adding citrus fruits, berries, melon, mint, or whatever you like! Click here for some delicious flavored water recipes.
- Eat frozen fruit
- A great way to stay cool this summer is to freeze your fruit! This is a tasty, cool, nutritious snack to have when you are feeling the heat. Try freezing your grapes, bananas, watermelon, blueberries, pineapple, and other fruits. Frozen fruit can also be used in smoothies or as a substitute for sorbet and even ice cream!
- Frozen Greek yogurt
- Frozen Greek yogurt can be a fantastic substitute for ice cream on those hot summer days. This snack is creamy and packed with protein! Add some fruit, honey, peanut butter, or granola to add some flavor to your froyo! Check out my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Frozen Greek Yogurt recipe!
- Eat fruits and vegetables high in water
- Eating fruits and vegetables that are higher in water content can help to keep you hydrated, as well as provided important vitamins and minerals. Fruits such as watermelon, grapefruit, strawberries, other melons, oranges, and apples. Some vegetables high in water include cucumbers, celery, zucchini, squash, tomatoes, asparagus, cauliflower, lettuce, spinach, and broccoli.