For many, Memorial Day weekend marks the “unofficial start of summer” – three months of beach days and barbecues. With that comes a lot of ice cream, hot dogs and sugary drinks. Rather than throwing caution to the wind and figuring you’ll read a bunch of detox articles on Tuesday, why not stay ahead of the game? There are plenty of ways to keep your long weekend healthy and still fun!
1. Ditch the margaritas for a drink with serious health benefits. My friend and fellow health coach Camelia Panati calls her Healthy Zesty Martini “a delicious drink that will soothe your tummy and lift your mood without the booze!” The best part is, it’s alcohol-free so it’s the perfect refreshing drink for the whole family. Grab the full recipe here.
2. Swap out heavy macaroni salad with a lighter, healthier option. Having plenty of light, veggie-friendly options will keep people from overindulging on meats and desserts and leave everyone feeling great even after you eat! Camelia’s Healthy Zesty Watermelon Salad “looks and tastes like a real gourmet, fancy salad but it’s so easy to make”. Made with watermelon, strawberries, honey, red onion, and plenty of spring greens, I personally, can’t wait to try this sweet side! Get the recipe here.
3. Plan ahead. I’m nothing if not a meticulous planner, yet somehow I find myself days away from the big weekend with a ton of stuff to do! Disorganization can lead to you in the grocery store at the last minute stocking up on chips and soda. Take a little time to plan your menu, write a shopping list, see what errands you can combine and shop ahead of time.
4. Remember what’s important. Health Coach Linda Barney reminds us to “focus on gratitude. Be thankful for those who served our country, and embrace and honor those who are here and serving now. Gratitude fuels our body and mind with positive energy and keeps us moving forward.” Many of us get so caught up in the excitement over having a three day weekend that we forget WHY we have one in the first place. Take a moment to show your appreciation for the brave men and women who sacrifice so much and fight to defend our freedom each and every day.
What are your tried-and-true tips for a healthy summer holiday weekend? Leave your favorites in the comments below!
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