This post is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill via my partnership with Fit Approach.
Summer is one of the busiest times of year for just about everyone… between school breaks, vacations, weddings, summer holidays, and other occasions most schedules are packed. It’s important to try to keep our healthy routine consistent for optimal wellness.
Here’s what help me keep my summer on track:
1. Schedule workouts
Summertime is usually my triathlon training months and it’s important to make sure I fit in all 3 events in my weekly workouts. Since I’m still sidelined from running I’m using the elliptical and other forms of cardio including boot camps for some workouts. Swimming is the perfect summer sport- whether you’re indoors or outdoors, a swim is always refreshing and cooling. Bike rides are perfect on summer days, I just try to avoid riding during peak hours of sunlight to keep them cooler. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen when you are exercising outdoors!
2. Optimize nutrition
One of the most important things to consider during the summer months nutritionally is staying hydrated. It’s hot and sunny so we need to up our fluids. Summer is also a month people tend to skip meals because of plans or less appetite in the heat. One way to make sure you get a boost of nutrition is one of Bob’s Red Mill Protein powders. A smoothie is an easy go to for hydrating, stockpiling fruits and vegetables, and meeting your protein needs without consuming too many heavy meats. A few of many great attributes of these protein powders is they are vegan, gluten free, and contain probiotics! Make sure you enter the giveaway featuring Bob’s Red Mill protein powders at the end of the post and GRAB A COUPON HERE.
3. Create flexible meal plans
I’ll be honest- even as a dietitian I’m not a big meal planning fan. I’m very fly by the seat of your pants aka what am I craving tonight. However this method can lead to less healthy options as well as going out to eat. Start out by planning 2-3 meals a week- I usually try to make at least one big dish that will provide leftovers for lunch for multiple days- check out my Mediterranean salad recipe here. Also chopping up some veggies and buying more greens is an easy way to make sure you are fitting in healthy foods.
4. Write out a daily to do list
This helps me be productive and strive to accomplish everything that needs to be done in a day. Usually this list is in the reminders on my phone. Go to bank, get gas, write post, call Angela, etc.
5. Turn off all notifications on your phone to improve focus and productivity
You guys- this is huge. It’s so easy when I’m working to see a notification pop up on my screen and then it turns into scrolling through Instagram for 20 minutes. Nothing gets you off track like social media! By turning off notifications and just checking our phones periodically it eliminates a lot of distractions.
Those are my top five tips for having a healthy summer! I shared my current fav protein powder when I was addressing nutrition and one of you will be lucky enough to receive this product as well. Here’s a little info about Bob’s Red Mill:
Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods produces more than 400 products, including a full line of certified gluten free products and an extensive line of certified organic products. With a wide variety of whole-grain products from flours and hot cereals to baking mixes and grains Bob’s Red Mill has whole-grain foods for every meal of the day. An Employee-Owned company, Bob’s Red Mill is the national leader in stone milling and is dedicated to producing natural foods in the natural way. They stone grind all common and many uncommon grains into flours and meals on over one-hundred-year-old mills. With all of the sophisticated knowledge of recent times, no machinery has yet been developed that grinds grains into flour as well as these slow-turning, flint-hard quartz millstones of the kind used by millers since ancient times.
Bob’s Red Mill was generous enough to also provide a giveaway on the blog! The giveaway winner will receive their choice of Chai, Vanilla, Chocolate or the Protein & Fiber Booster. My personal favorite is the chai but you can’t go wrong with classic flavors or packing an extra fiber boost 😉 Did you know protein powders are also great for baking? Make a muffin or brownie healthier by adding some protein- helps balance out the carbs and keeps you full longer! One of my favorite ways to utilize protein powder is by adding it to my oatmeal on mornings. I also enjoy it post workout when I don’t have time for a meal immediately after my workout. Protein is crucial post workout to help muscles heal and grow so a quick shake works in a pinch. The information to enter the giveaway is below!
How do you guys stay on track in the summer?? Do you have a favorite flavor of protein powder?