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5 holiday hacks for a lighter summer

18th June 2015 by Jess

Holidays are all about enjoying quality time, savouring great food and soaking up the rays. Here are my top 5 tips to help you make better choices that leave you feeling good, so you can make more of the summer months ahead.

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drink lots of water

When sun and alcohol are abundant, drinking plenty of water is essential.

  • Coconut water is one of the most natural hydrating drinks on the planet. Whip it into a smoothie or enjoy it solo.
  • Carrying a bottle of water in your bag with some chopped up lime and sliced cucumber can give you a refreshing and delicious hit of vitamin C.
  • If you’re jetting off anywhere this summer, drink water both before and during the flight, as the airplane air is extra dry. Bonus: this will require you to get up and stretch your legs at least a couple of times during the ride, which can reduce your sedentary time during the flight.
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Start with greens, then hit the rest of the picnic.

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.

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walk it off

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. Walking, 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.

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chew, chew and chew some more!

Chewing is easy to forget when there’s a smorgasbord of delicious food in front of you. When you have your mum’s famous 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.

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swap your snacks

Summer is prime snacking time - ice cream, lollies, smoothies, BBQ nibbles… but feeling bloated in the summer heat is not so much fun. If you’re trying to live a little lighter this summer, try swapping heavier snacks for our snacks under 150 calories. Every snacks is packed with natural flavour and portioned by me.

Try packing your lights 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 tasty boost to keep you going!

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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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