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How to eat healthily this summer despite the temptations

Summer’s here bringing great weekends of having a laugh with friends and family, days out and maybe the odd festival. However, despite the vast increase in healthier food options available recently, it’s easy to give into temptation and eat greasy, stodgy foods that are high in sugar or salt but low in nutrients.   Read on for our guide to  food and drink that will keep you hydrated and give you the energy you need to keep you going from dawn ‘til dusk.

Plan your foods that you’ll take along

If you’re off on a family day out, find out if you’re allowed to bring your own food. Not only will you save money, but having loads of your favourite food on hand means you’re less likely to visit food stalls. Head to a supermarket and make sure you not only buy food, but also pick up storage containers and an insulated bag or box to keep your food fresh in the heat.

Be smart and pack your food properly

Take a cool bag or a cool box for things like fresh fruit and vegetables, juice and water and avoid glass containers which can break easily. Instead, go for airtight plastic tubs or re-sealable bags.

Make healthier choices

If you do decide to visit the food sellers, nowadays there are lots of healthier options on offer. Give the junk food a miss and look out for salads, jacket potatoes and high protein foods like eggs, fish or beans which help you feel fuller for longer.

Stay hydrated all weekend

Drinking enough water every day is essential. Not only does it help to keep you cool in the heat, but it also gives you the energy to keep going. And this is especially important on warmer days, where you can overheat and dehydrate when you’re on your feet for hours at a time. Aim to drink at least 1.2 litres of water each day, plus a bit more if you’re drinking alcohol too. If you find water a little boring, you should liven up it up with a slice of lemon for a tangy citrus flavour,  or keep your hydration levels up with coconut water or your favourite fruit juice. Try freezing plastic water bottles and storing them in your cool box or bag. They make a great alternative to water and will keep the rest of your items fresher for longer.

Ideas to help you stay on track

If you’re determined to stick to healthy eating habits throughout the weekend, here are some tasty ideas to help you stay on track:
  • Fruits like bananas, apples and oranges are easy to transport, while they are packed with vitamins and will also help to keep you hydrated.
  • Packets of dried fruit, seeds and nuts such as unsalted almonds, dates, goji berries and pumpkin seeds keep fresh for ages. Unaffected by high temperatures, they are full of filling fibre that provides slow-releasing energy which is important when you’ve got a jam-packed day.
  • Easily chucked into a bag, energy bars do exactly what they say on the tin. They are perfect for eating on the go and provide nutrients like protein and complex carbohydrates in a handy snack.

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