Five Smart Tips for a Healthy 4th of July

Healthy 4th of July

Many of us will be enjoying the holiday tomorrow, but are also wondering about how to enjoy the food and spirits without jeopardizing our waistlines! There are a lot of healthy “secrets” that you can easily take advantage of. Whether you’re socializing with friends and family or cooking at home, there are many different things you can do to maintain your weight. We’ll share some of our favorite healthy tips with you so that you can have fun and enjoy the holiday while eating still eating healthy!

1. Have a healthy snack- It’s always a good idea to have a healthy, balanced snack about an hour prior to arriving to the party. Make sure you eat some protein to keep you satisfied and full. A medium apple with a couple of tablespoons of almond butter or a handful of unsalted almonds will help you feel more in control and not as tempted when you arrive.

2. Bring your own 4th of July dish- Bringing a healthy dish is the best way to enjoy the holiday without feeling like you’re depriving yourself. By bringing your own dish, you can be sure that you’re still eating healthy without having to worry about the extra calories. Check out some of our favorite 4th of July dishes here.

3. Avoid foods that will jeopardize your goals- Healthy choices aren’t always plentiful at bbq’s or parties, but you need to avoid the bad items if you want to continue to maintain your weight. Steer clear of anything fried or refined including chips, bread, desserts, and heavy sauces or dips. Enjoy healthy foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables, lean grilled meat, and whole-wheat pasta dishes. Beware of salads with heavy or creamy dressing- it’s best to bring your own!

4. Be smart about what you eat- If you do decide that you absolutely have to have a not-so-healthy beverage or sliver of apple pie, make sure that you limit it to one drink or a small slice. Remember that a glass of champagne or wine is okay- but not in addition to dessert and bread.

5. Stay active & have fun- Getting physical activity can help you feel great and can also help work off any of the extra calories that you eat during the day. Go for a walk or a jog in the morning to get your cardio in. High Intensity Interval (HIIT) workouts will help boost your metabolism and keep your body burning calories throughout the day. Alternate 30 seconds of jogging or sprinting with 1 minute of walking for 25 minutes. It will save you time, you’ll have great energy, and you’ll also work off any unwanted calories!

The most important thing is to remember to enjoy yourself and to not worry too much about your diet the majority of the time. Remember to relax and to enjoy your time with friends and family. Happy Independence Day!