Fit-inista Carolyn Phillips– our on air personal trainer– is back with more tips to get you in shape and what you need to do to stay that way!
July Fourth means cookouts and BBQ and snacks and all kinds of junk food, so Carolyn is here to share some tips to make your festivities more environmentally healthy and eating healthy. Here’s her tips, to help you AND the environment:
1. Ditch Using Plastic Bottles
Plastic is awful, so Carolyn suggests using pitchers for drinks, instead. This also means you can make your own beverages, including a refreshing drink she calls “vitamin water.” It includes lemon for digestion and weight loss, cucumber for hydration and mint to make it more flavorful.
2. Try Vita Cubes!
These are really cool– when you’re making your next tray of ice cubes, add a blueberry or raspberries or strawberry slices in the middle, so they freeze inside. This looks pretty and adds a nice flair to your next glass of water.
3. Healthy Grilling
Grilling is very harmful, and is even connected to cancer– the fat that drips onto the hot coals and the high, high heats have been connected to the development of some cancers. Gas grilling is better for you, but if you’re doing charcoal make sure to use natural hard wood lump charcoal with no fillers.
You can marinate your meats with lemon juice and vinegar, which helps keep them better for you after they hit the grill.
4. Try Other Proteins
Want to go even more unconventional? Have a non-animal protein day! This can include plant-based proteins like quinoa, perfect for stews.
5. Think Local
Americans consume more chicken than hot dogs or beef on the Fourth of July. Think local and go to your farmer’s market for your vegetables and your meats.
6. Dine Differently
Instead of using plastic utensils and syrofoam plates, use your good silverware and plates. And you can use a watermelon to hollow out and turn it into a fruit bowl, perfect for a fresh, tasty fruit salad (vodka optional, of course).