I love summer! I love the warmth, the sunshine, the long days, and eating! Yes – I am an eater! I love good food. But I try not to let my eyes get too big for my stomach.
Here are some tips I learned along the way…
1. Pre-portion your food
I mix my favorite nuts with some carob chips and dried blueberries. I usually like walnuts, pecans, and hazelnuts – but I mix it up all the time. I use whatever I want – it can be dried blueberries, or raspberries and sometimes I even go for non-sulphur apricots (so much potassium!) You can use dark chocolate nibs or chips too. I store this in an air tight container, it is best to use a dark container as light destroys vitamins, and then measure out a 1/2 cup when I know I will not be able to take a break or know I will be hungry.
Compare the cost to energy bars – you’ll be saving bags of money! And – energy bars are usually packed with sugar.
2. No juice or soda please!
Just think of all the sugar and calories! Much better to just eat an orange. What I do is order a club soda with 3 limes. It is bubbly, cool, refreshing, with zero calories (I don’t count fresh squeezed limes!)
3. A healthier movie
Who doesn’t love popcorn? I seriously suggested never using microwaved popcorn again. It’s bad for you… really really bad for you. Just the bag itself releases chemicals into your system, which goes into the fat which protects you from the deleterious affects of the chemicals – which then makes the fat semi-permanent! So hard to loose the fat once it is full of toxins.
Here is how you make stove-top popcorn:
- 3 T high temperature cooking oil or butter
- 1/3 cup organic corn for popping
- Preheat the oil – in pan that has a glass cover (I love watching it pop)
- Pop away!
Toppings: Nutritional yeast, herbamare, cayenne, garlic, whatever flavors you love!
4. Use smaller plates
Yes – this is very helpful. It just looks nicer and you eat less. Why not?
5. Only order pizza in single slices
A great date night idea – instead of going for a whole meal – go downtown and get a single slice, then walk around and people watch. No need for alcohol. Great reason to be outside.
Water, water, water. I love my ionized water. I wouldn’t know what to do without it. Seltzer water is also nice for that bubbly kick.
7. Display your fruit
Leave a dish out with yummy fruits and veggies in it. I personally love carrots and cucumber as a snack. I love the crunch of both and like to sprinkle a little salt on the cucumber and just eat it as is! I do buy waxless cucumbers – which are hard to find but not impossible. Many co-ops, farmers markets, and health stores have them unwaxed.
Other awesome vegetable snacks are celery and tomatoes.
8. Use glass storage containers
Once you pack left overs away – package them in individual servings. You will eat less this way.
As always, I hope this letter finds you well and happy and I hope you found this helpful. Please let me know if there are any topics you would enjoy reading in the future! Until then…