Memorial Day weekend is an important time of remembrance and honor, but it is also the official kick-off to summer. While large-scale public events will not be happening around the Tampa Bay area this year due to continued social distancing, Floridians can still celebrate the new season at home in our own back yards with wholesome foods, cookouts, and fun outdoor activities.
Get to Grilling for Better Health
Many people forget that grilling can be one of the healthiest ways to cook. The art of grilling can add ample flavor without the addition of extra calories. Here are cookout tips from the Florida-based experts at Weight Success Centers in Tampa:
- FIREY FRUITS AND VEGGIES: Basic fruits and vegetables transform into incredibly flavorful delights when grilled. Consider grilling savory asparagus spears, seasoned potato slices, or perhaps a medley of summer squashes. For dessert, grill pineapple slices, watermelon wedges, or liven things up with charred and juicy mango bites.
- HEALTHY LEAN PROTEINS: As for protein, the physicians at Weight Success Centers suggest seafood options like snapper, salmon, swordfish, grouper, tuna, or mahi-mahi. If you are a meat-eater, opt for lean meats like skinless chicken, turkey, sirloin, or pork tenderloin. Best of all, you can let the fat from meats drip right off into the grill, saving you from those extra fat grams.
- TASTY ALTERNATIVES: Today there is also a wide array of meat-alternatives for the grill, such as brand-name products like Impossible Foods, Boca, MorningStar Farms, and many others offering everything from vegetarian hotdogs to traditional veggie burgers.
- SCRUMPTIOUS SIDES: As for sides, health experts suggest skipping those mayonnaise-drenched sides and high-calorie toppings. Rather, choose nutritious items with dressings, such as barbeque sauce, citrus juice, honey glaze, or herb-induced olive oil.
Get Fit by Playing Outside
Also, physical activity is essential for our health, and playing outside is the essential summer activity. No matter your age, you can emotionally and physically benefit from playtime. Any activity that raises your breathing and heart rate at least 1 hour a day can help strengthen bones and muscles.
Fun backyard activities for Memorial Day and the summer months might include soccer, badminton, lawn darts, or a simple game of hide-and-seek with the kids. If you are solo, enjoy a meditative session of yoga or Tai Chi.
As Floridians, many of us are fortunate to have a home pool. Why not benefit from it? Enjoy 2.5 hours of water-based activity per week for positive health benefits. Whether you choose to swim or play games, always remember to stay hydrated by drinking at least 8 oz. of water every hour when in warm weather.
How will you kick off a healthy summer at your home? Join the conversation on Weight Success Centers’ social media sites and find more great tips to share with your friends and families.