With this beautiful weather it is rather tempting to spend our evenings on the patios drinking beer, wine… or Pimms!! Of course, we want to enjoy our summers but it is also important that we don’t let all the hard work that we have put in at GWA get thrown away because we are having too much fun in the sun!
Luckily with the sunny weather we also have plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to enjoy, so even if you may be tempted for the extra drink you should be more than tempted to enjoy all the seasonal fruit and veg. As you all know, your diet is key, you should want your food to fuel you for exercise and everyday activities, to keep you energized and to provide you with all the essential nutrients that our bodies need.
Here are some of our favourite tips to help keep you on track with healthy food choices this summer and to make the most of what is on offer:
- Even though there are plenty of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables right now you don’t want to rely solely on these foods. Make sure every meal is a combination of protein, carbohydrates and fats. For instance, try adding a handful of walnuts to your fruit salad, or spreading peanut butter on your apple.
- Vary the fruits and vegetables you eat. Each fruit and vegetable provides different vitamins and minerals; eating strawberries all summer would be much better than eating chocolate, but eating a variety or strawberries, kiwis, bananas, watermelons, peaches, peppers and tomatoes would mean your body is getting all its essential nutrients. Thus leading to our next point…
- Make your plate colourful; take a quick look at this link to see why the different colours of fruits and veg play an important role: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/colors-fruits-vegetables-play-important-role-1660.html
- Whenever possible try to buy the following 14 fruits and vegetables from organic markets. In the order given, these fruits and vegetables have been known to have the highest pesticide residues: apples, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, grapes, celery, spinach, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, snap peas (imported), potatoes, hot peppers, kale/collard greens.
- Try growing your own! Even though it may be a little late to start growing your own kale for July there is no reason stopping you planting some seeds for next year. If you are lucky enough to have a garden why not spend sometime creating a vegetable plot. Not only is it a fun thing to do but it will also save money and you will know that your fruits/veggies wont be coated in pesticides.
- Make time to prep your meals for the week. Preparation is key, stock your fridges with fresh veg, even cut your melon into wedges and leave them in the fridge — so when you’re starving you can reach for that wedge instead of the processed cereal bar!