Conquer The Kitchen This Summer

By July 18, 2018Nutrition
We’ve been featuring some different exercises and workouts on our social this month to help you tone and strengthen your core. Another important piece of the SummerBODY puzzle though is what you put into your bodies, your nutrition.  What you eat fuels your body for your workouts, your daily life, and your summer activities. Focusing on whole grains, lean proteins, fruits and vegetables can fuel your body for anything the world throws its way. 

  One of the things we love most about summer is the fruit and vegetable selection.  Fruits and vegetables make for great snacks and sides during the summer months. One of our favorite ways to prepare summer vegetables is by grilling them.  Throwing corn, zucchini or squash on the grill for a few minutes can really bring out the flavor of the vegetables.  We also like to make summer salads that mix fruits and vegetables.  Pair your favorite kind of lettuce with some berries and a soft cheese like feta, Gorgonzola or goat cheese with a balsamic vinaigrette and you have a wonderful side salad to your meal.  You can also roast vegetables to add some depth to their flavor.  Season vegetables of your choice (I love and suggest broccoli, carrots, onions, brussel sprouts, and cauliflower) with olive oil, salt, and pepper and pop them in a 375 to 400 degree  oven for 15-30 minutes, depending on the vegetable.  You’ll know the vegetables are finished when the edges of the vegetable are slightly browned, but not blackened. Then you can sprinkle with a little fresh Parmesan cheese before serving. 

Summer barbecues can be difficult to navigate while eating healthy. We recommend strategizing your approach to loading up your plate – it’s all about portions. Instead of loading up your plate with proteins and desserts, and then leaving the little sliver of emptiness on your plate for a veggie or two, try letting fruits and veggies have their choice of prime real estate on your plate FIRST. Ideally, fruits and veggies would take up about half of the plate. Next up, find a nice piece of lean protein. Use your fist a guide for roughly how much protein you should have per meal. Hopefully by now your plate is mostly full. Use that last little bit of space sparingly to get a few bites of that dessert you’ve been eying or that loaded side if you must. The idea here is to avoid overeating while getting your body the nutrients it needs.  

Still have questions on how to conquer fitness this summer? See a Club Fitness associate to learn more about programs available with training!