My monthly column Choosing Health is published in all Anton Community Newspapers. In keeping with the season, my most recent article for the column focuses on Healthy Beach Eats!
Here is a short excerpt from the article. The full piece can be found published in Anton Newspapers July 13 - 19, 2016 issues.
What’s better than grabbing some friends and heading to the Hamptons for a beach day? With the beautiful weather among us, the weekends are filled with trips out East and opportunities to enjoy the scenic beaches that Long Island has to offer.
If you forget to pack food for your beach excursion, it can be tempting to purchase snacks at the beachside food truck or local fast-food spot. However, planning ahead and putting together a few quick snacks the night before can make a huge difference when it comes to your health.
I’ve compiled a few of my favorite healthy snacks that are perfect for your beach getaway. You’ll notice that all of these foods don’t require utensils. When you are lounging at the beach, you want something that is easy and light. These healthy “finger-foods” are simple, easy to prepare, and kid-friendly.
Another important concept when it comes to beach eats is single-serving portions. If you’re reading a magazine on the beach or catching up with family and friends, you may not be paying attention to your meal. Snacking while you are distracted can contribute to overeating, so it’s important to emphasize portion control and choose single-serving snacks when you can.
When you grab your beach snack, take a second and sit down while you enjoy your food. Avoid leaving an open bag of snacks next to your chair, and always eat mindfully and sensibly. Don’t forget to stay active on your exciting beach day!
*This article was originally published in Anton Newspapers.