Sometimes a cool and delicious drink really hits the spot on a summer day. If you need to fight the heat while getting the nutrients you need, there things to reach for and things to avoid when it comes to ingredients.
What to Include
Whether you’re in the mood for a smoothie or an iced blend of tea and tasty fruit juices, some ingredients will be more beneficial than others. It’s key to go for fruits and vegetables that offer you a balanced combination of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other essentials. Need greens to get your iron, potassium, and vitamins? Try spinach, kale, swiss chard, and even unusual options such as parsley. Bet you didn’t know it’s an excellent source of fiber and antioxidants! Looking for a good amount of fiber and protein? You can get these when combining bananas, berries, and even a bit of low-fat yogurt to give you a nice smoothie blend.
What to Skip
It’s key to avoid juice products that rely on corn syrup and other less-than-healthy sweeteners. Instead, stick to fresh fruits and even tea. There’s nothing like an iced green tea with lemon, honey, and bit of ginger to help you relax after a long day. And we’re not talking about sugar-filled pre-made teas! Ditch these for good-quality leaves so that you can brew a batch yourself. Are you adding yogurt and making a juicy smoothie? Stay away from added sugars here as well. There is always a way to sweeten your beverage without getting into unhealthy territory.
Variety and Timing
Instead of depending on just a few supposed “superfood” items, seek out a variety of different ideas that can all contribute to a balanced overall diet. Timing can also be pretty important when you’re looking to get significant nourishment from your beverages, and more specifically when you want to refuel after a workout or stock up on energy before. If you’re about to exercise, hold off on that carbonated spriter to prevent bloating and cramping. If you plan on enjoying a meal with some whole grain carbs after your run, try to team it up with a refreshing protein smoothie so that you can rebuild that muscle tissue!
The team at Vitality Fitness hopes you’re having a fun and healthy summer. Interested in taking it up a notch? Give us a call at (587) 777-3378 to learn about our Boot Camp classes!