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Healthy Summer Eating

Stephanie Ochoa May 7, 2014

Healthy Summer Eating

With the prospect of BBQ and pool parties on the horizon, this summer is bound to present you with some not-so-healthy food options.  While eating some ribs or potato salad every once in a while isn’t bad for you, eating it every weekend can really pack on some unwanted pounds, not to mention hike up your cholesterol.  Try some of these easy and tasty alternatives to the usual party fare.

1.       It is summer in AZ and it is HOT!  I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream…when it is 100+ degrees outside, but ice cream is full of sugar and fat.  One super yummy alternative to ice cream is bananas!  Freeze your bananas (using bananas and adding ice doesn’t give you as creamy as a texture as the frozen ones), add the bananas to your blender, pour in some almond or soy milk (opting for a milk alternative will cut back on calories) I use a cup of almond milk for every 2 bananas.  Add a generous spoonful of almond butter or peanut butter and blend together!  If you are creative in the kitchen you can add in berries, spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), chocolate chips…whatever your little heart desires!  Trust me; you won’t be missing ice cream after making this!

2.       Kabobs are a staple summer food and a great way to add in loads of vegetables and lean chicken or shrimp to your BBQ menu.  If using chicken cut it into small chunks, if using shrimp make sure to de-shell them.  Cut up green, red, and yellow bell peppers, onions, and pineapple…yes I said pineapple!  Place all of the meat, vegetables, and fruit chunks into a bag and add a marinade of your choice (I use low fat Italian dressing) let it sit in the fridge over night.  In the morning arrange the chunks on the skewers and grill!  These lean protein and high in nutrients skewers will overshadow a burger or hotdog any day!

3.       Throw out those popsicles! They are just pure sugar! While popsicles are a go-to cool down treat, they really aren't healthy for us. Instead, freeze blueberries and grapes for the kiddos to enjoy.  They are easy to just pop in your mouth, have a great flavor, and are much better for you than the store bought ‘juice’ pops.

Try using these simple techniques this summer for a healthier lifestyle!  Let us know how your recipes turned out or share some of your own!

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