There's no way you're going to survive the summer without treating yourself at least a little bit. Watching all of your friends indulging in creamy potato salad, succulent burgers hot off the grill and frosty beverages is going to drive you to distraction if you don't allow yourself at least a little taste. But the trick is not to overdo it. Rather than going to your friends' barbecue with an empty stomach and visions of hot dogs dancing in your head, eat a small, healthy meal before you go.
By noshing on a healthy pre-party snack, you won't feel like diving head-first into the buffet as soon as you arrive. Now you can choose the treat you're most looking forward to, eat it slowly and really enjoy it!
Are you still holding on to the idea that anything good for you is bland and boring? You're not alone, and many people have a similar view of all things healthy. But trust us when we tell you that eating well doesn't have to mean suffering through a culinary snooze-fest. First off, choose color. There's nothing boring about bright colors, and healthy eating starts with incorporating a plethora of fresh (and delicious) fruits and vegetables into your diet. Here are a few ideas to get your started:
Having a cupboard full of chips and cookies and a freezer full of ice cream and prepared frozen meals isn't going to make sticking to your diet very easy. Even if your family can't get enough of the sweet stuff and you've vowed to buy sugary snacks for them but not touch the unhealthy items yourself, you'll still be tempted to indulge. You don't have to deprive yourself or your kids, but do make sure to stock up on healthy treats that will benefit everyone, rather than sticking with the processed, sugar- and sodium-filled items in such abundance at the grocery store.
One of the quickest ways to derail your diet is to leave the house without an eating plan or a healthy snack to keep you going. As soon as you get hungry, the food court or drive-though will come calling, or if you're out for lunch with friends you'll order the creamiest, fat-filled pasta on the menu because you're too hungry to think straight. Rule No. 1: Never leave the house hungry if you want to stay on track. Rule No. 2: Keep a small bag of raw nuts, an orange or apple and a low-calorie granola bar in your purse at all times so you always have something to eat if you get tied up and you're out longer than you thought you would be. Other quick-pack snacks include pre-cut vegetable sticks, dry cereal (low-fat, high-fiber) and bananas.
With these tips in mind you should have no trouble staying on track this summer and getting through barbecue season without any extra pounds.
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