How To Stay Healthy During Summer

If you haven’t been taking time for good, gentle exercise, this is the perfect time for something fun, light and fun.

As soon as the sun is up outside you take notice of all the delicious foods! We look forward to sunrises now because as we sit and eat our delicious breakfasts, we have time to take in the delicious smells and the wonderful sights of the fresh green outdoors. Then, as the sun goes down, we return to our comfort and start preparing for the afternoon of work and shopping. And just as there might be more than one type of afternoon you enjoy, you’re able to do more of one than the other.

One way to stay balanced and healthy during the holidays is by staying away from processed meats. There is no need to eat unhealthy foods or unhealthy products such as red meat.

Another way to stay balanced and healthy during the summer is by becoming a more active individual. If you get out and enjoy nature with the kids, this will help keep you mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually healthier. If you still need to be active to make sure that your body stays clean and that your brain doesn’t feel foggy or worn down (no matter how much water is added), you can always incorporate a morning/evening activity with a stretch. The goal is to add extra movement into your day and give your body a break from the daily grind. If you love swimming and swimming is a regular part of your life; you can incorporate swimming throughout your day, particularly during the spring and summer months.

You can also take the next step to improve your health all the way through the season.

The season always brings with it new foods and changes to your eating habits, and as a parent you can make an extra effort to find a healthy eating plan for the season. If you have kids, you’ll be delighted to know that they can help you in finding a healthy plan for winter.

Make sure to check out my previous posts and recipe suggestions for winter and early Fall here

Make a plan, be positive , but also keep that healthy eating plan simple and don’t worry if you aren’t sure exactly how you’re going to meet all of your nutritional requirements.  I’ll give you some guidance and help you find the right plan for you.

Here’s a sample recipe for chicken and waffles. I don’t think I’ve made this type of waffle a whole lot but it’s a great way to keep your body and mind from getting too fatigued in a hurry.

4.5 from 6 reviews Homemade Waffles with Blue Cheese I used to think that making my own waffles was the way to go for homemade waffles. I even did them with blue cheese frosting because it was something I was craving! After trying that blue cheese frosting for a couple of weeks I found out that although it can brighten up your waffles it doesn’t make them taste good in my opinion. Since then I have discovered a way to make real homemade waffles with no blue cheese frosting. These blue bean waffles were delicious enough to share with you all. Yum! Author: Lulu Stafford

Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 35 minutes Makes about 4 large waffles

ingredients 1 cup of milk

1 cup of whole wheat flour, plus 1/4 cup for coating

1 1/2 cup of low sodium vegetable oil, plus more to grease the waffles Instructions Spray 4 regular waffle makers. Place 1/4 cup of oil in each waffle maker. The oil in the waffle makers must be oil based and not margarine or vegetable oil. Fill about 2/3 of 1/4 cup of batter in each. Top with 3-4 frozen blueberries. (If using, do not over-fill waffle maker as you want the batter to be just sticky enough to not drip onto the bottom of the waffle maker. Otherwise the batter could start to dry out in the waffle makers and fall out.) Press down evenly on top of the blueberries then continue waffle batter filling the rest. You may wish to place a paper towel over the top waffle maker to prevent spills. You want to get this thing pretty sloppy. Flip and cook on each side for a total of 5 minutes, or until they are crispy but not dried out. To make blue cheese, just place all of the ingredients into a blender and blitz until creamy and smooth. Notes If you don’t have a waffle maker, you can use a regular waffle iron.