“There are no prizes for guessing that summer is my favourite season – for our family it’s the perfect time to get together for pool parties and family barbeques to enjoy fresh salads, seasonal vegetables and light main meals” says Susie O’Neil.
Here are her top 5 tips to a healthier you during the summer months:
- The more brightly coloured your fruit is, the more full to the brim it is with antioxidants. Fruit is the perfect dessert option any night of the week!
- Trying to cut down the fats in your meal? As a rule when using fats and oils in your cooking, stick to one teaspoon of fat/oil per person that the meal will feed.
- Research shows that skipping breakfast is bad for our waistlines. Studies show that people who eat breakfast are generally a lighter weight, and find it easier to keep weight off. So tuck into a healthy breakie of porridge, wholegrain toast, or cereal (with reduced fat milk).
- Going hungry for too long can lead to over-eating. Take the edge off your appetite with a handful of unsalted nuts or some wholegrain crackers with salsa or low-fat hummus dips.
- How much you eat is really important when you’re trying to balance your energy in with your energy out. Keep portion sizes reasonable planning how many servings a meal will make and putting leftovers in the fridge for lunch.
The former Olympian has also rounded up some of her families favourite summertime recipes in the hopes of encouraging other families to lead more active and healthier lives this summer and beyond:
Butternut Pumpkin Quiche
This is a delicious light meal that teams up beautifully with a fresh green salad.
Easy Chicken Pilau
This recipe is great if you’re after a quick, simple meal that is loaded with fresh vegetables. You can even team it up with some low fat natural yoghurt and toasted almond slivers!
Prawn Soft Tacos
Prawn tacos are lighter and fresher than meat tacos, and are perfect for a warm summer day!
For more of Susie’s tips and recipes head to togethercounts.com