As summer season sneaks upon us there are endless nutritious options to choose from. This is the best time of year for all colors of the rainbow of fresh fruit and vegetables!
Tips and Tricks
Visit the Farmers Market: They have a ton of in season fresh summer fruit (peaches, nectarines, plums, cherries) and home grown vegetables (spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers). You will find a little trip to the farmers market may inspire you to try something new and because most of the selection is fresh and local you can avoid a large amount of additives and sodium!
Barbeque Fresh Fruit for Dessert: Pineapples, peaches and apricots are among the many fruits that are delicious items to grill; all you need to do is sprinkle a little bit of olive oil and place on the grill for a few minutes. The taste is rich and fulfilling while being nutritious. If you would like to indulge you can add a scoop of frozen yogurt or ice cream on top.
Hydrate: Summer is one of the most important times of year to make sure you have water before, during and after exercise as well as throughout your day. The body thrives on two liters of water per day to function at its optimal capability. If you wait until becoming thirsty you’ve waited too long. Thirst is an indicator that the body is dehydrated so make sure to be drinking water throughout your entire day. If you struggle with remembering, try labeling your water bottle to indicate target levels for consumption throughout the day or set your phone alarm to remind you every hour.
Engage in Food Prep: With longer sunny days most people want to spend the maximal amount of time outdoors and don’t want to think about cooking. Spend one afternoon each week in your kitchen prepping items, marinating and planning your weekly menu to make food prep more efficient. In the end, you’ll be able to grab and go without compromising nutrition.
Most off all enjoy your savory moments!
Strength and Conditioning Director
YMCA Calgary, Shawnessy
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