For many, summer in Minnesota means evenings out on the boat, weekends biking through lake country, or fun getaways to the cabin. Don't let these lovely moments and great times end in feelings of remorse because of mindless snacking. Using these tips and recipes you can have fun and feel good all summer long!
When planning what you will be packing for the boat, or weekend getaway, keep balance in mind. Many individuals often grab snacks that are convenient and highly processed (such as chips and crackers) and neglect to try easy, whole food options that are rich in protein, healthy fats, and essential vitamins and minerals.
Consider some of the following suggestions for keeping a balance of nutrients in mind when planning your snacks:
Finally, check out my recipe for Watermelon, Blueberry and Spincah Salad with Feta for a fresh, colorful, and easy-to-pack, salad for a day on the boat or picnic in the park.
This is one of my all time favorite summertime salads. I discovered it in the 2005 issue of Shape Magazine a while back and have modified it slightly by adding grilled chicken for a yummy entree salad. Enjoy!
2 tablespoons lemon juice or lime juice
1 tablespoon honey
4 cups spinach leaves
2 cups seedless watermelon, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 cup blueberries, washed and dried
1/2 cup seedless cucumber, sliced (unpeeled)
1/2 cup red onion, cut into thin slices
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
(optional) 2 grilled chicken breasts, cut into cubes
1. Whisk the lemon or lime juice and honey in a large bowl.
2. Add spincach; toss lightly to coat.
3. Add watermelon, blueberries, cucumber, onion, and chicken; toss.
4. Top with feta cheese
Makes 4 servings
Val Schonberg is a Registered, Licensed Dietitian who specializes in weight management, sports nutrition, disease