Healthy SUMMER Eating Tips from Nutrition Expert Allison Miner

I’m sure we all need some summer eating tips…so thanks Joe Clark for this press release.

Nutrition expert Allison Miner, associate professor of health, nutrition and physical education at Prince George’s Community College has “Healthy Summer Eating” tips that will help people avoid putting on pounds, feel better and save money.

Stay hydrated relying mostly on water from the tap

Thirst signals can be mistaken for hunger so it’s a good idea to drink water throughout the day and evening.  An occasional sweetened beverage (this includes natural and manmade) is fine as long as it is occasional.

Practice portion control

Using smaller plates is a proven method of consuming fewer calories effortlessly.  You simply do not need to eat a lot of food to get the nutrients you need to be healthy.

Purchase plant foods in season

These are readily available and taste freshest because they are harvested almost ripened.  The cost should also be lower since the produce is in abundance and there are lower costs associated with shipping and storage

Go meatless on Mondays

The Meatless Monday’s organization provides recipes and advice on how to accomplish this new trend in eating.  You can lower your food bills and improve your health while benefiting the environment.

Choose a Healthy Refreshing Summer Treat

Frozen yogurt is generally fat-free and you have the option of adding fresh fruit toppings.  This is a tasty, satisfying, and healthy treat (calcium and protein for starters) that you can feel guilt free about.

Produce spoils quickly so buy small amounts more frequently during the summer months

Plan to shop every three days or so and plan your trips to the grocery so you don’t spend too much time or overspend your budget.  Meals will taste best with the freshest ingredients.

Plant your own garden

It’s fun and extremely rewarding to grow your own food.  It’s especially important for children since today’s youth is so far removed from food production.   Gardening can be as ambitious as farming a plot of land or as simple as planting seeds in a container on your deck or windowsill.

* Make use of the new http://MyPlate.gov  recommendations from the USDA.  This redesign of dietary guidelines is easier to use than past recommendations.  In a nutshell, the majority of food on your plate should come from plants.

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