Memorial Day Madness

I LOVE holidays! Who doesn’t?

Memorial Day: the unofficial start to summer(… yes… has anyone been outside yet today in Cbus? A blazing hot July-like day. Will be in the 90s. Who’s complaining? not this one πŸ™‚ ), a chance to remember those soldiers who have given their lives for our freedom (thank you men and women in uniform!), and a reason for a cookout (or bar-b-q for all the Canadians).

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So what’s on the menu for today? Glad you asked. First:

Breakfast! (100% whole grain buttermilk pancakes w/ added ground flaxseed, blueberries, and sliced almonds. A little spray butter and drizzle (I mean drizzle) of 100% pure maple syrup to top it off.)

I’m the best pancake maker ever…ask my husband πŸ™‚

Close-up!

YUM!

YES, PLEASE!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lunch: COOKOUT at the in-laws. Not sure what’s on the menu. What are you having? Doesn’t matter if I plan the food or not though because I know what to look for and what to stay away from in order to keep with my health goals. A holiday isn’t an excuse to pig-out. Yes, I think the food at holidays should be enjoyed (ahem…my pancakes), but balance still wins. Everyday. Holiday or not.

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My 10 Memorial Day Tips (to keep you on the right track for that summer body πŸ™‚

1. Fill up with fiber: What better way than at breakfast. First, you have to eat breakfast. Skipping this meal doesn’t mean that you save your calories for later. It doesn’t work that way. Getting breakfast within 2 hours of waking up actually jump starts your body’s metabolism. And who doesn’t want need a faster metabolism? So get some fiber to fill you up until that afternoon cookout.

2. Stay hydrated! Most Memorial Days (especially this one) are HOT. You don’t want your body thinking it’s hungry when actually what it needs is fluid. Stick to 0 calorie beverages like unsweetened iced tea and water. Even lemonade crystal light is a good choice.

3. Choose the leanest meat. If your choices are 80% lean burger, grilled chicken breast, shrimp, hot dog, or kielbasa which should you choose? I would go for either the chicken or shrimp. If the burger was 90% lean or better, go for it.

4. Pick a low-fat side. You have potato salad, pasta salad, fruit bowl, veggie tray and baked beans. I think the right choices are obvious (fruit and veggies). And considering that even just 1/2 cup of potato salad can pack upwards of 200 calories, this is a tough area to navigate. My suggestion is to load up on the veggies and fruit (no sugar added) and have just a small spoonful of 1 or 2 of the other sides you like.

5. Snack smart. After the meal, the games begin. Thus, the snack breaks begin. I don’t believe that it’s necessary to bring out all of the food again and pig-out. What’s the point of the exercise if you just eat the calories back. Weight loss takes a calorie deficit. So take advantage of this time of fun activity. Instead snack of the fruit and veggies( very low-calorie) and drink those 0 cal beverages! Most likely you are just thirsty anyway.

6. Dessert? Not necessary when fruit is on the table. If you must, choose a little bit of the jello orΒ  trifle with cool whip. More than likely you will save some calories than if you went with the strawberry shortcake or brownies. Remember, saying no if you’re not really hungry is not wrong! “No, thank you. I’m trying to eat better for my health” can be powerful words.

7. PLAY HARD! Sitting around is overrated. You can enjoy everyone’s company by playing yard games and being active too. Get out and have some fun πŸ™‚

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What’s on YOUR menu today? Food, games, fun?

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