The official first day of summer is just around the corner. Many of us have been faithfully hitting the gym getting that bod ready for bikini season. Now that it’s almost here, don’t slack off; we still have 3 months of bikinis, tank tops, & shorts.
I’ll be the first to admit that it is extremely hard to stay on track with your diet during the summer. It seems like there is always a cookout, party, dinner, and family gatherings where food and temptation will surround you. While there’s nothing wrong with giving in every now and then in moderation, keep some of my tips in mind while being a social butterfly this summer.
1. Take advantage of the warmer weather & get outside!
Most pools are open, so jump in, cool off, and get some laps in. Swimming is a fantastic form of cardio! Get your bicycle out and go for a spin or go for a walk after dinner. If you’re a boater, try water skiing with your friends. Exercise can be done anywhere, not just the gym.
2. Drink lots of H2O!
If you’re taking more activities outside, that brings me to my next point. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water this summer. This will prevent dehydration and keep your body and muscles regulated. 7-9 glasses per day will help regulate your body temperature and replace lost electrolytes due to excessive sweating.
3. Try a new summer snack!
Cool off after fun in the sun with one of my favorite summer time recipes; a Tropical Blast or my personal favorite, Protein Ice Cream.
- 1 frozen banana, cut into chunks
- ½ c. pineapple, cubed
- 1 c. skim milk
- ½ c. fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1 scoop vanilla whey
Protein Ice Cream
- 8-10 oz. almond milk
- 1 scoop Formutech Nutrition Vanilla Ice Cream Protein Powder
- 3-4 ice cubes
- 1 tbsp. almond butter
- 1 tsp. sugar free/fat free cheesecake jello pudding mix
Blend well. Pour mixture into a freezer safe bowl and freeze for 1-1 1/2 hours or until outside is frozen. (Note: middle will be liquid) Stir well.
4. Check out your local farmers market!
Most cities and/or small towns have farmer’s markets one or more days during the week. Stop by and pick up some locally grown, fresh fruits and vegetables.