If we could describe summer in one word, it would be “active.” Fresh fans and fitness enthusiasts around the globe are constantly on the go, and even more so during summer. Because of this, we’ve got three simple summer suggestions for staying healthy while keeping up with your busy lifestyle.
GRAB & GO POWER BREAKFAST
It can be super frustrating and time consuming to make breakfast every day. In fact, unhealthy foods like cereal or muffins are often the grab-and-go choice for people with limited time in the morning. While easy to eat, cereal and muffins are loaded with refined sugar and unhealthy carbs that can cause your energy to spike and rapidly fall, which slows you down.
To save time and eat healthy, we love this super simple chia seed power pudding that you can make the night before in 60 seconds or less. Combine ¼-cup chia seeds with 1 cup of nut milk, stir to combine and set in the fridge overnight. The seeds will absorb the liquid and become a pudding-like consistency. In the morning, add a little honey and sliced banana and you’re ready to power through your day.
Chia seeds are packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids, protein and fiber. They are super filling, especially when you add a banana to the mix.
For office workers, staying active during the day can be a challenge, especially when you’re confined to a desk. To keep your body from getting stagnant at work, small equipment, such as an under-desk exercise bike or seat cushion balance disc could help. There are plenty of equipment options available on Amazon, including under-desk treadmills that allow you to walk while you work.
While these are certainly effective tools for keeping you active at the office, they can also be costly. If money is a concern, we recommend regular trips to the water cooler to keep your legs moving and your body hydrated.
Vitamin D, an important nutrient, is mostly created when our body is exposed to sunlight. It boosts the immune system, helps our bones and keeps our bodies healthy and strong. But if we put on sunscreen are we preventing our bodies from making this crucial vitamin?
The Skin Cancer Foundation says no.
“Clinical studies have never found that everyday sunscreen use leads to vitamin D insufficiency,” reads a May 2016 article. “In fact, the prevailing studies show that people who use sunscreen daily can maintain their vitamin D levels.”
By not using sunscreen, we’re actually putting ourselves at risk for premature skin aging and the development of skin cancer.
If you’re still concerned you’re not getting enough vitamin D from the sun, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends eating certain foods with this nutrient, including fatty fish, egg yolks and orange juice. Additionally, vitamin D supplements may also be a safe alternative for boosting this nutrient without over exposing your skin to the sun.
If you do plan to incorporate vitamin D supplements into your lifestyle, we recommend speaking to your doctor first.
FRESH IN YOUR FRIDGE
Our favorite time-saving trick is having Fresh Meal Plan in your fridge. With our meal delivery service, you never have to cook, portion your food or worry about getting a balanced diet. Our meal plans are designed to not only save you time, but to power you through your work and exercise routine without sacrificing taste or nutrition.
1. Wesner, Erin. “Sun Protection AND Vitamin D.” (May 18, 2016.) https://www.skincancer.org/healthy-lifestyle/vitamin-d/damage