My Perfect Summer Breakfast

Good morning everyone! I hope you all are having a wonderful summer so far. I wanted to share with you today my idea of the perfect summer breakfast.  After moving into my new apartment, I quickly realized that my new back porch was the perfect place to start my day. So here is my version of the perfect start to your summer days.

Viola! Summer morning bliss

This breakfast is quick and easy to make, and it’s super healthy. First up, I have some banana and walnut oatmeal. I recommend Quaker Heart Medleys Multigrain Oatmeal. They have several tasty flavors, and all include healthy whole grains, vitamins, and minerals.

Quaker Oats Heart Medley Banana Walnut Oatmeal...mmm!

Next I have some fresh fruit! Strawberries and blueberries to be exact. Fresh fruit is an important part of any breakfast because they are packed with essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to start your day off right. Also, they contain antioxidants that support healthy skin, healthy organs, and some can even fight cancer! Check out this website to learn more about antioxidants and where they can be found.

Fresh strawberries and blueberries. My favorites!

And finally I have a tall glass of apple juice. It’s a sweet way to get a good source of vitamins, like vitamin C. Plus it’s just so delicious!

Simply Apple apple juice :)

There you have it! My perfect summer breakfast out on my back porch. I feel like I’m on the beach! Share with me your perfect summer breakfast by leaving a comment below!

Remember, You Are What You Eat!

Healthy Memorial Day Tradition

Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone! I hope you all have festive plans for this patriotic holiday, and if you do, they probably involve a cookout or two. Here are my tips for making your Memorial Day cookout a healthy, fun success!

  1. Appetizers – Instead of the usual potato chips and dip, opt for a healthier tortilla chips and salsa. Tortilla chips have less fat and calories than potato chips, and they don’t leave that greasy residue on your fingers like potato chips do. And what’s not to love about salsa? It’s made of loads of fruits and veggies, it’s typically low-calorie, and it comes in all sorts of fun, tasty, and spicy flavors and combinations. Pick up some pre-made salsa at the grocery store or follow these recipes and make your own!
  2. Sides – Try centering your sides around a vegetable or a fruit, like offering grilled asparagus and baked potatoes. Also, add a colorful fruit salad with apples, bananas, oranges, and grapes. Try to steer clear of coleslaws that are loaded up with unhealthy amounts of mayonnaise.
  3. The Main Event – One of my favorite cookout items is chicken skewers, or chicken kabobs. Chicken is leaner than red meat, and you can add flavors to it by marinating it before cooking. Also, you can load up the skewers with some delicious zucchini, yellow squash, and onions to add flavor, nutrition, and color to your delicious dish. Check out these yummy chicken kabob recipes and get creative!

And there you have it. Just a few suggestions on how to make your holiday cookout a little healthier for everyone. If you’re going to a friend’s cookout, feel free to bring any of these dishes to add to the buffet. Your friends will appreciate your contribution, and you can make sure that there are some healthier options available. Have a happy Memorial Day!

Remember, You Are What You Eat!

Move Your Body

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having a great summer so far! Just wanted to give you some more advice on how to stay healthy while you’re enjoying you’re time off from school.

Stay physically active. You can eat all the healthy food you want, but that’s only half the equation. Keeping your body in motion is just as important to your health as eating right. Here are a few tips for doing this on a budget:

  1. Join a gym. Now I know that doesn’t sound cheap, but a lot of gyms offer summer-only memberships, and they’re a lot cheaper than year-long memberships. Call around to the gyms in your area and see if you can set something up. Or if you live close to your college campus, see if they have a summer membership rate. That’s what I did, and I get to work out for the whole summer for $35! What a bargain!
  2. Go to the park. Open air. Sunshine. And it’s FREE. Go to the park and walk around the track with a friend, take a bike ride, or play a couple of pick up games. I know that one of my favorite things to do in the summer is play basketball and soccer with my friends at our local parks. Not only is it fun, but it’s a great way to stay in shape.
  3. Enroll in a class. Whether it’s yoga, kickboxing, or Zumba, many community centers offer fitness classes on a pay-as-you-come basis. Call around to the local churches and community centers to see what they have to offer. Working out with a group is often way easier and way more fun than doing it by yourself.

For more exciting ways to stay in shape over the summer, check out this article,  or just leave a comment below, and I’d be happy to help you out.

Remember, You Are What You Eat!

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