5th March 2017 by Jess
Holidays are all about enjoying quality time, savouring great food and soaking up the rays. Here are the top 5 tips to help you make better choices that leave you feeling good, so you can really enjoy the first signs of summer.
Going out of your way to eat something fresh and green with every meal is an amazing approach to take as most BBQs or picnics have a spot of green somewhere on the table.
Enjoying yourself doesn’t need to be synonymous with neglecting nutrition, and you’ll find that you’ll always feel better if at least some of your stomach space is occupied by lighter, more nutritious food.
Chewing is easy to forget when there’s a smorgasbord of delicious food in front of you. When you have your mum’s signature potato salad, your dad’s famous ribs, and your aunt’s incredible brownies, chewing helps you slow down and actually appreciate what you’re eating.
You may even realise that you need less than you think to be satisfied.
Since you aren’t stuck in front of your computer at the office, holidays are a great time to go for walks after you’ve eaten, to fully digest your meals. You can also soak up the views and vitamin D at the same time.
There’s no need to go to the gym if you don’t want, but incorporating some extra fun activities can make a big difference. Cycling, swimming and other fun pastimes are a great way to offset some of the extra calories you take in over the holidays, and they’re a perfect way to get surrounded by nature.
When sun and alcohol are abundant, drinking plenty of water is essential.
Holidays are prime snacking time - ice cream, lollies, smoothies, BBQ nibbles… but feeling bloated when you’re trying to relax is not so much fun. If you’re trying to adopt healthier habits, look out for snacks with mu protein badge - each one is a tasty source of protein!
Try packing your protein snacks in your on-hand luggage to help get you through any flight or car journey. The handy graze punnets in their perfect portions fit easily in your travel bag and mean that if you arrive at night at your destination or have a delayed flight, you aren’t without a protein boost to keep you going!
naturally banana-flavoured protein flapjack with rustic rolled oats and mixed seeds
edamame beans, chilli broad beans and redskin peanuts - our highest protein snack!
wholesome pure peanut butter dip, served with lightly salted hemp pretzel sticks
chilli and lime cashews, raw almonds, blanched peanuts
spicy chickpeas, edamame beans and black pepper cashews
By Jess, graze nutritionist.
Our nutritionist extraordinaire, Jess trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and is a registered practitioner with the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She's the creator of our health badges, to help you choose the snacks and boxes that are right for you. Check out everything from Jess on our blog, with recipes and tricks to help you keep making better choices, or go to Jess's blog at jessipes.co.uk for even more.
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