For those of you who are wondering what I’ve been up to since my pink leotard and ponytail (with matching pink scrunchie) days, there’s quite a bit.
tFirst of all I just wanted to tell you all how excited I am to be a guest blogger for SheKnows. I love reading all the other Experts articles, so this is so cool for me to now be one of them.
t For those of you who are wondering what I’ve been up to since my pink leotard and ponytail (with matching pink scrunchie) days, there’s quite a bit. I finally started school at New York University. I have definitely felt like an oddball for many reasons, but mostly because I’m about five or six years older than my other classmates.
t But regardless I’m trying (keyword, trying) to fit in. I’m just about halfway through. My goal is to graduate in May of 2016 before I head to Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games. I won’t be competing this time, but just like I did in London and Sochi, I will be on the broadcast team for NBC. I do the commentating for gymnastics (tune in to our National Championships Aug. 22-26 on NBC). I’m also in the process of a really fun project I’ll tell you about in the next month or two. It requires me to put my design hat on, which I’m so excited about.
t Anyway, with summer just around the corner I wanted to share a few of my favorite snacks, and how to stay healthy and happy in the dreaded heat that’s right around the corner.
Some of my favorite summertime snacks and drinks:
- Frozen grapes are amazing, right? Well, my new favorite this summer is frozen blueberries. My friend tried them, and told me about it, and now I’m hooked.
- Fresh watermelon is one of my all-time summer favorites. (Did you know it consists of 90 percent water?)
- Gluten-free brown rice wrap with kale, Brussels sprouts, avocado and sliced turkey makes a great lunch that you can take with you or eat at home.
- Sliced cucumbers, bell peppers and carrots with plain hummus.
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t I try to avoid salt and sugar, which can make you feel swollen or bloated especially when it’s hot and humid out.
t Drinking plenty of water is so important especially during these summer months. If you’re one of those people who say “I just hate water,” try adding some mashed-up raspberries and strawberries for a fun kick to it.
t I also love making my own lemonade, and it’s so easy. Water, ice and squeeze a bunch of lemons. If you need a little sweetness in there add a little stevia or agave.
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t Last but not least, don’t we all get the urge to have a little dessert once in a while? Well, my motto has always been everything in moderation. How perfect and cute are Baked by Melissa (photo above) mini cupcakes? I just hosted my first summer rooftop party and they were such a hit.
t Until next time… happy summer! xo, Nastia