Every so often this summer we get a break from the rain. With the break from the rain has occasionally provided some very nice days to be outside and potentially eat outdoors. No matter where you are picnicking, it's still important to keep health in mind. Use these basic tips to ensure that your surfaces are clean and your chosen picnic spot is "food safe."
Foods that include protein and fiber will be the most filling. Here are some additional tips:
Check for lower sodium and lower sugar versions of foods.
Buy foods including some whole grains when there is no other source of fiber (i.e. fruit, nuts and seeds).
Save money by buying in a larger package of foods such as nuts. Carry a single serving in a smaller container or snack-size, zip-top plastic bag.
Following are examples of snacks providing some protein and fiber and that don't re
Sometimes an unexpected crisis or meeting at work consumes our lunchtime. Or we forget a sack lunch in our hurry to get out the door.
Having some well-packaged back-up foods tucked away in a briefcase, handbag or backpack can help keep us from missing a meal or tide us over until we have a chance to eat. It also can help us avoid hitting the vending machines, scouting for well-filled candy jars or scavenging the break room table.
Think twice, however, before stocking a grocery
If your budget isn't up to a tropical vacation this summer, you can at least take your taste buds to the tropics with some nutrition-packed choices in the fruit section. Tropical fruits such as guava, kiwifruit, mango and papaya are low-calorie, nutrient-dense options for adding variety to your menus. Although most tropical fruits are available year-round several of these are at their peak (and also most affordable) in summer or early fall.