Celebrate the Fourth with Wise Lifestyle Choices

For anyone who has ever been working on healthy eating and exercise (isn’t this all of us?), the holidays can be a challenge. However, with a little planning this 4th of July doesn’t have to be a battle for freedom from bad choices.

The challenge is keeping calories low without depriving yourself of special holiday treats. So many times, food choices are mined with sugar and fat, sending calorie counts higher than those fireworks you’ll watch.

Here are some good choices for that holiday cookout:

  • salads made up of mostly vegetables – skip the mayo-laden potato salad and pasta salads
  • grilled meats
  • any veggie that isn’t swimming in butter or oil

Decide what you’re going to eat BEFORE you settle in at the table.The foods that are dazzling with color tend to be foods lowest in calories: orange carrots, red tomatoes, green lettuce.fruit kabobs

If you make homemade ice cream, opting for the manual crank method will help burn off a few calories. Desserts that are fruit-based tend to be one of your best choices. A very light and refreshing Red, White & Blue dessert is to fill a dessert shell made of sponge cake with fresh sliced strawberries and blueberries, then top with light topping.

July 4th generally presents great opportunity to offset food with activity – so be sure to take advantage of that.

A few fun activity suggestions include:

  • horseshoes
  • volleyball
  • a hula-hoop or jump rope contest
  • a fun walk with the family or friends
  • have a water balloon fight

Whatever you’re doing this weekend, Dr. Tsuda and his team wish you a safe, healthy, and fun-filled 4th of July!

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