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.
When sun and alcohol are abundant, drinking plenty of water is essential.
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.
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.
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.
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!
gently roasted Californian pistachios with a touch of salt
applewood smoked British beef jerky, served with a slow-cooked tomato relish
a crunchy mix of wild rice sticks and chilli broad beans
salt and vinegar almonds and crunchy bruschetta
baobab & raspberry coconut clusters, pure pumpkin seeds and soft apple pieces
smooth cocoa hazelnut dip complemented by lightly salted pretzel dippers
our famous pop-it-yourself popcorn, with a touch of salt
our famous pop-it-yourself popcorn, with a hint of sweetness
our famous pop-it-yourself popcorn, with a little cracked black pepper
spicy chickpeas, edamame beans and black pepper cashews
tangy BBQ relish with mini tomato baguettes, ready to dip
hickory smoked cashews, sweet mustard breadsticks and cheese croutons
soft granny smith apple wedges with a sticky toffee sauce, ready to dip
chia & coconut rolled oat cookies with our afternoon infusion black tea
hand-pressed cherry almond protein bites with an uplifting citrus green tea
cocoa & orange hand-pressed protein bars, with an uplifting citrus green tea
hickory smoked cashews, BBQ flavoured peas and crunchy roasted corn
Italian baked tomato breadsticks, basil crunchini and cheese flavoured cashews
crunchy oat bran and garlic sesame sticks with multigrain soy rice crackers
wholesome pure peanut butter dip, served with lightly salted hemp pretzel sticks
twice-baked cranberry & hazelnut toasts paired with a delicious dark cocoa dip
zingy dried goldenberries (aka. physalis), raw coconut flakes and dried pineapple wedges
summery mini strawberries, zingy blackcurrants and soft apple slices
raw coconut flakes, dried pineapple wedges and chewy banana coins
wild blueberry toasts and a creamy white chocolate sauce
sun-dried pistachios, toasted with an authentic southern-style BBQ seasoning
soft dried apple, chewy raisins and caramelised honey & cinnamon almonds - a classic!
raspberry fruit strings, raspberry cranberries, almond slivers and vanilla sponge drops
hickory smoked almonds, rosemary crostini, roasted pumpkin seeds and mini basil breadsticks
tangy dried rhubarb, cranberries and soft dried pear
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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