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How to Ensure Your Summer Dining Is Healthy

By Donna Stark

The list of delicious foods and snacks seems to be infinite during summer, doesn't it? And for many people, that can become a problem. From tasty barbecue meals to extra sweet iced treats, maintaining a healthy diet may become less of a priority during this time of year than with others. However, consuming a balanced diet while all the summer temptations swirl around you may be easier than you think. Take a look at the following tips and tricks you can do to make eating healthy simpler!

Swap Out the Unhealthy Chips

Whether they are from your neighbor's pool party or your own backyard shindig, salty snacks seem to pop up everywhere during summer. An easy way to cut out the excess salts and fats that come from potato chips is to go for the healthy alternative! Kale chips have significantly fewer grams of fat and more nutritional value, while still giving you that mouth-watering crunch! You can even try seasoning them to boost their flavor! Soon you'll have your neighbors begging you to bring your "world-famous" kale chips to every party!

Cut Out Soda 

There really is no comparison to that first sip of an ice-cold soda on a hot day. Unfortunately, though, soda has chemicals and dyes that are not good for the body. So, instead of making that your first choice, why don't you switch to fruit-flavored sparkling water? Simply add in all your favorite fruits to ice-cold sparkling water for both the sweetness and carbonation your body is craving. Try it out at your next summer event! 

Cook at Home

A great way to continue eating healthily is to avoid ordering takeout! Takeout food is filled with everything your body doesn't need ... high levels of salt and fat!  The number of benefits that come from the convenience of eating out is nowhere near the number of benefits you will receive by eating a balanced, home-cooked meal! 

Choose a Leaner Meat

Be sure to choose white meats or fatty fish when you are at barbecues, picnics, and even your home. These healthy options are loaded with vitamins, nutrients, and protein, and are the perfect choice if you want to stay completely satisfied until the next meal!

Ensuring Your Summer Dining Is Healthy

With simple changes to your diet, eating healthy in the weeks ahead will be a breeze! Make sure to try new recipes and have fun while enjoying your family, friends, and the simplicity that comes with summer dining! 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Loganville, Ga.

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