Summer Meal Planning: 5 Tips for Light Eating

Summer is a great time to focus on your physical health by eating light, healthy meals that provide plenty of energy and hydration through the warmer months of the year.  That said, healthy meal planning is often easier said than done, because while we may enjoy eating light, delicious meals, we sometimes balk at the idea of having to prepare these dishes.  Fortunately, healthy eating doesn’t have to be difficult.

Easy Tips for Light Eating

1. Pack a cooler for road trips.  Oftentimes our impatience to get out into the summer weather causes us to forego packing healthy snacks.  This can lead to convenient but highly unhealthy stops at fast food joints.  It is far more convenient and healthy (not to mention gentler on your wallet) to pack your own food in a cooler.  Keep the cooler in a cool space prior to packing it, and use solid ice or reusable gel-filled ice packs on the bottom.  Pack only what you think you will need, and keep the cooler out of the sun and insulated with a blanket or sleeping bag.

2. Make fresh veggies more interesting and appealing.  Fresh veggies can make a great snack that is both light and filling, but many individuals get bored with eating them plain on a regular basis.  Shaving them and adding a lemony dressing can mix it up a bit for your taste buds and make them more appealing.

3. Drink your fruits.  Natural fruit juice is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and–most importantly–flavor.  The FDA recommends that adults eat between one and a half to two cups of fresh fruit every day, and delicious fruit smoothies can make this both fun and easy.

4. Eat energy-rich foods.  Sometimes when we are low on energy we tend to look for foods that are very filling, and unfortunately may therefore be a bit heavy.  Instead, you should eat energy-rich foods like melons, walnuts, edamame and Icelandic yogurt.

5. Start your day with a lot of protein.  A protein-rich breakfast of eggs is the best way to combat cravings and hunger all day long.  One large egg has a full six grams of protein, but only seventy calories.  Research has uncovered the fact that individuals who eat more protein earlier in the day are generally less hungry and tend to lose more weight.  To mix it up a bit, consider adding some fresh veggies to your scrambled eggs.

Erica D'Arcangelo is an Internet Marketing Expert and co-owner of Fresh, Healthy & Fit where she is a regular contributor. Erica has been active in the health and fitness industry through spinning, yoga, HITT training and much more over the last decade. She's a fitness enthusiast and has also helped others with healthy living through her own blog.