Lighten Up Your Memorial Day
May 23, 2018
This is such a great time of year; planting flowers, putting away those coats and of course, eating outside. For this Memorial Day weekend, what are you going to eat? On this holiday that marks the official kick-off of warm weather, swimming, shorts, and sundresses, do you really want to commemorate it with offerings of high-calorie, fatty, and high-sugar foods? Especially when you’ve worked so hard with your trainer to get your body and food-intake in check?
We have a few healthier eating ideas for Memorial Day that can leave you and your loved ones happy, satisfied, and full of enough energy for a round or two of cornhole.
Sure, you can indulge in a tall glass of lemonade, or even a responsibly-consumed adult beverage or two but do so in a more health-conscious way. For one, make sure you’re counting those calories into your daily allotment. Too often people view the calories they drink as inconsequential. Rather, that 16-ounce glass of lemonade packs about 200 calories. The strawberry margarita being whipped up in the blender, depending on the ingredients, will give you an additional 170-300 calories. To keep things in check, go sugar-free when you can. Also, as the often-repeated rule of thumb, follow the 1-1 rule (one glass of water for every non-water beverage). Find some inspiration for lightened-up summer drinks here: https://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/drink/summer-cocktails/
Simple, small changes can make all the difference. Try swapping those large white bakery sandwich rolls, at 240 calories a piece, for some 100-calorie whole wheat sandwich thins. And that famous potato salad? One cup typically equals 360 calories (and, if we’re going to be honest, you usually don’t stop at just a cup). Instead, try tweaking your recipe by decreasing the amount of mayonnaise, using only the whites of your hardboiled eggs, or even swapping out some of the potatoes with cauliflower to majorly slash some calories and carbs – find a recipe here: https://www.wholesomeyum.com/recipes/cauliflower-potato-salad-low-carb-paleo-potato-salad/. And for the grill, make sure your offerings include some lean protein, along with plenty of veggies such as thick, marinated slices of onion, bell pepper, zucchini, Portobello mushrooms, and eggplant.
One of our favorite things about summer is that it brings with it a bounty of delicious seasonal fruit that can serve as light, healthy, delicious desserts. Experiment with grilling peaches and nectarines, and top them with a small scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt. Or use some ideas here as inspiration: https://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/easy-healthy-summer-dessert-recipes/. And if you must serve your famous double-chocolate brownies, serve bite-sized pieces as a delicious garnish.
If you still need some other ideas and guidance about what food choices are best for you, no matter what day of the year it is, your Fitness Together trainer has some practical and effective ideas that will help you to control your eating plan in a manageable and satisfying way.