Nutrition

10 Healthy Foods for 4th of July BBQs!

10 Healthy Foods for 4th of July BBQs!

The 4th of July is coming up and that means PARTIES and BBQ’s and that means EATING and ALCOHOL!

How do we stay eating clean throughout the Summer BBQ’s and events?

Make smarter and more disciplined choices and substitutions! Summer is probably one of the more difficult times of year to stay on track with your diet. There’s a lot of traveling out of town, kids are off of school, there’s a lot of birthday parties, BBQ’s, weddings, and the list goes on! To stay on track, try and STAY AWAY from CARBS, SWEETS, and SUGARY DRINKS!!! Here are 10 food option for your 4th of July BBQs that will help you stay on track with all your goals:

1. Tortillas-substitute with lettuce wraps or wheat tortilla
2. Chips-healthier chip choices: blue corn chips, oven-baked, avocado oil chips, sweet potato chips
3. Avoid Potato, Macaroni, and Pasta Salads-substitute with Beans, Side Salad, Veggies
4. Sodas-substitute with Water or Light Lemonades
5. Beer-substitute with Champagne or Wine
6. Alcohol-Vodka drinks with no mixers; soda water, limes, mint, lemon are good substitutions
7. Focus on HIGH PROTEIN; chicken, fish, and turkey are preferred; they are leaner and have less cholesterol than red meat
8. Kabobs-Choice of Meat and Veggie Skewers
9. Dips-Guacamole and Salsas are ok, stay away from sour cream based or mayonnaise/ranch based dips
10. Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns-substitute with lettuce wraps or NO BREAD altogether

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Being successful at fitness and health isn’t about having the perfect diet and being 100% ALL the time. Let’s be real, life happens and unless we just want to stay home and eat chicken and broccoli all day, there’s going to be times where we might have a burger or a pizza. But the important thing to being successful at fitness and living a healthy lifestyle, is getting back on track whenever falling off and understanding that you cannot always be peaking in your fitness journey.

Having a cheat meal here and there or missing a workout once in awhile, is not going to completely cancel out what you’ve worked so hard for. Obviously, the more serious and determined you are to obtaining great results, the more disciplined everything has to be. But, if you mess up a meal here and there, just get right back on your diet with the next upcoming meals. If you miss a workout day, make it up the following days and hit it harder! If you slack, just understand these things happen and focus on getting back on track! I’d say 85% of the time eat clean, and you can cheat 15% and if you do this CONSISTENTLY ALL THE TIME (not just periodically) you could be pretty good.

ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!!!

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Green Tea for Pre-Workout

Green Tea for Pre-Workout

Do you find that pre-workout powders make you too jittery and strung out? Do you not enjoy the taste or feel of coffee drinks?

A great alternative for a pre-workout pick-me-up could be GREEN TEA. Green tea has a good enough amount of natural, healthy caffeine that can give you that extra boost of energy for your workouts. For the warmer Summer months, try iced green tea with natural honey for some added sweetness. Try to drink your Green Tea “Pre Workout” about 30 minutes before you go workout. It feels much cleaner and lighter than coffee and is much healthier than any energy drink out there.

In addition to that boost of energy, GREEN TEA has many other benefits that help to aid your overall health:

1. Powerful Anti-oxidantGreen Tea for Pre Workout
2. Improves Brain Function
3. Increases Fat Burning & Improves Physical Performance
4. Lowers Risks for Cancer
5. Lowers Risks of Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s Disease
6. Improves Dental Health by killing certain bacteria
7. Lowers Risk for Type II Diabetes
8. Reduces Risk for Cardiovascular Disease
9. Helps Lose Weight and Lower Risk of Obesity
10. Helps You Live Longer

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Low-Calorie Alcoholic Drinks for Summer!

Low-Calorie Alcoholic Drinks for Summer!

Finding it hard to stay away from the alcohol this summer? Vodka, Soda Water, Limes

Summer is here guys! That means Summer BBQ’s, weddings, parties, and other social events, which means….alcohol! Alcohol is a big factor in trying to stay on our fitness goals. Yes, they’re just drinks, but alcohol converts into sugar and sugar into fat! Let alone the mixers and sodas mixed in the drinks as well or beer which also has about 154 calories per can.

Here is a list of some low-calorie drinks that you can substitute for those high calorie sugary drinks. 

          1) Vodka, Soda water, Limes

          2) Mojito-rum, Mint, Limes, Soda water, Stevia (instead of syrup)

          3) Champagne (less calories than beer and wine)

          4) Sangria with fresh fruit

          5) Gin, Tonic (or diet), Lemons

          6) Vodka, Diet Ginger Ale

OF COURSE, if you can stay away from alcohol altogether when on your fitness goals, that would be best. But if drinking is not easily avoidable, try these drinks for your substitutions for beer and other sugary drinks! Enjoy!

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