Happy 4th of July! I truly love this day. I love it because it is filled with family, friends and fireworks. All of my favorite things! Growing up I’ve always spent this holiday with my family at our summer home. It’s the one week of the summer where everyone seems to make it home…all of my aunts, uncles and cousins are there. We usually spend the day in the water and entertain ourselves with swimming, boating, waterskiing, food and fireworks! There is usually the berry flag cake, lots of summer salads, barbecue chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers. The 4th of July doesn’t tend to be a day filled with healthy foods. But that doesn’t mean it needs to be a total bust of a healthy day. Here are a few quick tips to make sure you don’t feel guilty over the celebration of America’s birthday!
- Get out and be active before your barbecue or party! Most cook outs don’t start until mid to late afternoon so before the festivities begin take some time to get your heart pumping and your body moving. I often don’t feel like running or yoga on holidays so I try to mix it up with activities that are a bit different. Kayaking, swimming, hiking or biking are some of my favorites and can often be done with friends and family of all different fitness levels!
- Sign up for a 5K! Many towns have parades and celebrations throughout the day. Over the last few years I’ve noticed that more and more towns are adding 5k run/walks to the festivities. Bust out that red, white and blue running outfit and give it your all!
- When you hit the buffet at the party your plate can fill up quick with all the delicious sides your family and friends have brought. I like a little taste of everything so to keep myself from overeating I only take a small scoop of each side. A bite or two is usually enough to enjoy the taste, after a plate of bites you’ll be full! If you are still hungry go back for seconds on fresh fruit or salad and maybe an extra scoop of the oh so good side or entrée…it is a holiday after all!
- This holiday tends to be filled with a lot of drinking. It’s summertime and a beer or cocktail can taste so good. Unfortunately alcoholic drinks are filled with empty calories. To limit my intake of this I hold back on drinking until just before dinner. I’ll enjoy a beer or cocktail with my meal and usually have one afterwards while watching the fireworks or enjoying the camp fire! Up the ante on this and reach for a “skinny drink” with 100 calories or less!
- Lastly, relax and enjoy the day! It’s a holiday and indulgences are completely acceptable!
Unfortunately I’m not spending the holiday with my family but Michael and I are thoroughly enjoying our vacation in Maine! I love fireworks, as does Michael. We have a couple different options for the holiday and will likely be in Bar Harbor, or will take a drive up to Lubec and Eastport to sight-see and check out the fireworks! If Michael has his druther’s we’ll be purchasing some of our own and launching them over the ocean for our own private show. We did that last summer at my summer-house and had a blast! Fireworks aren’t cheap but we put on a great show and my whole family loved it!
Stay safe out there today and enjoy!