Summer is almost here…my children will be done with school by the middle of next week and our whole routine will be changing. The kids will want to be snacking more and we will be running around to places like the pool, the beach and even a cruise this summer. While my daughter enjoys many healthy snacks like fruit, yogurt, etc, my two boys are all about the junk food (and it is starting to show with my oldest). One of my goals this summer is to get everyone (including myself – I have to bring back my 55 To Fit series!) eating more healthy and getting more exercise!
We are slowly cleaning out the pantry of all the junk food and bringing in more healthy snacks, keeping more fruit in the house as well as yogurt, rice cakes, organic granola bars and more. The kids aren’t thrilled about it, but since they can’t drive themselves to the grocery store to buy the “junk”, they will just have to adjust! Walking the dog is no longer just a 5-10 minute. Brad and I have been grabbing at least one of the kids with each walk and turning it in to a 15-25 minute walk. It gives us some “alone time” with each of the children and sneaks in some exercise.
Here are a few Tips that Dannon Oikos and Keri Glassman have put together to help you live a healthy lifestyle this Summer.
- Every Meal Is A “Monday Morning”. Focus on eating better, one meal at a time. Otherwise it can be easy to get discouraged – forget the worry! Your only mission: Make the next meal you eat nutritious, balanced and satisfying.
- Don’t Eat Around A Craving. Honor your craving with a conscious indulgence – take a few deep breaths and find a healthy alternative! Try satisfying your sweet tooth with Dannon Oikos® Greek nonfat yogurt, it is nutritious but still has an incredible taste.
- No-Excuses Exercise. Sometimes the biggest barrier to working out is just getting there so a good option can be to make it as easy as possible—throw in a workout DVD or even going for a walk takes away excuses and gets you moving!
- Satisfying Proteins. A moderate-protein balanced diet with a reasonable amount of fiber, carbohydrates and the appropriate amount of healthy fats is the best way to maintain a healthy weight. Dairy is a great source of protein, try a creamy Greek nonfat yogurt like Dannon Oikos®–it has twice the protein of regular lowfat yogurt (Oikos Greek Nonfat yogurt has 12 -14g Protein (24%DV) while regular lowfat yogurt: 5g protein (10%DV) per 5.3oz.).
Be sure to check out the Dannon Oikos Grab a Spoon ’til June Page for exclusive tips from Keri Glassman on how to help achieve a balanced diet; your weight management goals, exercise ideas, motivational messages to keep one on track, nutritious recipes and more! You can also check out the Dannon Facebook Page for details on Dannon Oikos Yogurt.
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