Its officially Summer here in Atlanta. We wasted no time here to pull out the shorts, bathing suits and sunscreen. It can be daunting to put your bathing suit on for the first time after a long winter. Before I started CrossFit and paleo, I would usually just try to eat less. Well now that I’ve been freed from this sort of thinking because I understand the way my body uses foods, I don’t do that. Instead, I choose options that I already know are healthier but I may not have been eating as much of (because, hey – no one is perfect).
Healthy Choice 1: Make your own salad dressing.
Not only are bottled salad dressings more expensive, there’s not too many options out there with quality ingredients. I don’t want canola oil on my arugula, thank you though. Here’s what I put directly onto the salad once I make it:
Drizzle Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Drizzle Vinegar (I use either Apple Cider or Red Wine)
Sprinkle onion powder, garlic powder, S&P
Stir! Delish! Also, may I suggest making a hearty salad for at least 1 meal a day. Just to get in some extra veggies that you may have been avoiding.
Healthy Choice 2: Skip the mixers and use fresh fruit to add some flavor to your cocktails!
Lets be realistic about summer drinking. Its always more fun to sip on something fun while you’re out at the pool. Sometimes its easy to think you want that beer, but you don’t want to get a beer belly in your bikini. Here’s my new favorite summer cocktail:
To a glass (or plastic solo cup to be real classy) add:
1-2 shots of vodka (Russian Standard is my favorite)
Juice of 1/2 lime (Just cut it up and squeeze the juice into your cup)
1 big bunch of fresh mint and basil (mashed/pressed/torn up to bring out the maximal juices)
Top off with soda water.
Here’s a picture of mine from this weekend:
Healthy Choice 3: Wear Sunscreen.
This last choice has nothing to do with food and drink but I really believe in this. I’m only 26 and have already had too many friends with skin cancer scares. Being tan is way less cool after your girlfriend gets diagnosed with Stage 1 Melanoma at the age of 26. Also, check out THIS ARTICLE from The Food Babe. She gives you a list of HEALTHY sunscreens to check out. Who knew we had to worry about sunscreen ingredients too now!?
There’s 3 options that I hope you implement and enjoy!