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Healthy Beach Bod Hacks

Kickstart your Summer goals with a few of my favorite tips and tricks that will help build healthy & sustainable habits for the long run...



1. Got an urge for takeout or delivery? PICK IT UP!


With all of our favorite treats just a click away, does it ever feel like it's a little TOO easy to indulge? Before ordering your next Uber Eats or Grub Hub delivery, consider picking it up instead.  This will not only help you think twice before you order, but it will save you a few extra bucks as well. Even better, pick a place that you can walk to instead of driving (this may be a little easier for my city folks!)


2. Want to cut back on carbs without cutting them out completely? Make 1 meal per day "carbless".


This does not include natural carbs like fruit or veggies. Skipping bread, cereal, rice, pasta, tortillas, and processed snacks in at least 1 out of your 3 meals can be a step in the right direction toward a more whole food, carb-balanced approach. 


3. Looking to increase your fruit and veggie intake? Make sure to have at least 1 in every meal. 


Fruits and veggies aren't difficult to eat when we can remember to eat them, but they often fall to the wayside throughout our day. Try making it a habit to have at least 1 fruit or 1 vegetable with every meal to help increase your overall fiber, nutrient, and water intake. 


4. Not drinking enough water? Drink a glass first thing in the morning. 


Similar to fruit and veggies, water can often be easily forgotten once the day gets started.  Try drinking at least 12-14 ounces before having anything else (even your coffee).  This will not only help with digestion and metabolism, but you will notice a shift in your energy level as well! Add a splash of lemon for an extra boost of antioxidants.


5. Want to cook more consistently? Start with just a protein and add on from there. 


When it comes to cooking, protein is usually the part that slows us down the most. Consider utilizing easy cooking methods for proteins as the base, and add simple sides like microwavable rice or quinoa, frozen or pre-cut veggies, bagged salad kits or wraps, or canned beans and veggies to make versatile meals throughout the week. 



- BBQ chicken wrap or

Just switch up the sauce and sides


- Chicken fajitas

Add a side of frozen or fresh bell peppers, brown rice and black black beans, or whole wheat tortillas 



Sautéed chickpeas can become a spiced chickpea bowl


Got a grill?? Take advantage of the warmer weather with one of the easiest ways to cook proteins for the week!


(frozen burgers are a great timesaver when you choose lean meat and minimal added ingredients)



Add leftover chicken, shrimp, or salmon for added protein.



Hoping you all enjoy a few healthy Summer tips and recipes!


Healthfully Yours, Chelsea Hoover, MS, RD, LDN

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