Purchase tomatoes while they are at their peak! Keep them fresh and flavorful by storing them on the counter (not in the refrigerator) and out of direct sunlight.
Want to keep produce, meat, fish, and dairy products fresh on the way home from the grocery store during the summer heat? Take small bags of ice or freezer packs to the store. Ask your bagger to place them in the grocery bags that contain foods that need to stay chilled. Or consider taking a cooler along.
Visit a swim park for a whole day of fun. It does not even feel like exercise!
Buy some apricots! Eat them sliced up or make a homemade jam to enjoy with whole-grain toast.
Discover the many different colors of vegetables. Shop for some colorful varieties at your local farmers’ market.
Head to the beach, but instead of tanning, bring a soccer ball, football, or volleyball for an afternoon of family fun.
Celebrate the season. It’s time for cantaloupe and watermelon! Do not forget to wash the rinds before cutting them up, so you do not transfer potential bacteria to the delicious fruit.
Have a healthful summer ice cream treat. Try a healthy banana split by topping a sliced banana with small scoops of low-fat vanilla and strawberry frozen yogurt and crushed whole-grain cereal topping.
Let the kids select the fruits and vegetables at the store. Even have them place them in the cart.
Make today a television-free day. Enjoy the outdoors. Play board games. Read together. Sing and dance. There are so many options.
Try a yogurt-based dip for fruits and vegetables.
Make sure to put perishable foods from the grocery store in your refrigerator within 2 hours after purchasing them, and within 1 hour during the summertime.
Visit the high school track with your kids. Run relay races around the track!
Add a dark-green, leafy vegetable to your salad, such as spinach, kale, or arugula.
Eat more meals at home. Studies show that eating at home means you consume fewer calories than when eating out at a restaurant.
Enjoy a family walk after dinner to spend time together, burn calories, and aid digestion!
Know when to dispose of bad fruit. If you smell or taste alcohol on your refrigerated fruit, it is likely that yeast spoilage is the culprit. Throw it out!
Serve kids vegetables made into a picture or a funny face.
Make sure to use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher and one that has both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) protection.
Try having your caffeine only in the morning. You will sleep better for it!
Swap soda for water today.
Work in your garden. It is great exercise. Make your garden nutritious by growing vegetables and fruits in your backyard.
Do you buy packaged greens for a salad? Make sure to wash even “prewashed” greens to prevent bacterial contamination.
Enjoy a hemp smoothie for breakfast. Start your day with this plant-based source of protein, iron, and calcium.
Plan an active family vacation. Visit somewhere where all of you can walk around together, play water sports, or hike!
Are you looking for a healthful barbeque or picnic side? Instead of mayonnaise-based potato salad and coleslaw, try a baby spinach salad with strawberries.
Serve summer fruit parfaits. Layer low-fat vanilla yogurt with peaches and fresh blueberries.
Mix it up by using mustard instead of mayonnaise on your sandwich today. You can choose from a variety of delicious mustards!
Mix up a smoothie with seasonal fresh fruit, fat-free lemon or vanilla yogurt, and a touch of honey for a summer dessert alternative. Yum!
Make homemade French fries with white potatoes (or even better, sweet potatoes) in the oven with a little heart-healthy oil and fresh herbs.
Review Date 6/13