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For many of us , Labor Day Weekend is the final hurrah before kids head back to school. It’s time to celebrate friends, family, food and some of the last warm days of summer. Whether you’re soaking up the last strong rays of summer sunshine or gearing up the grill, there are ways to enjoy the weekend without sacrificing your health.
Here are some tips and healthy recipes for a fun weekend :
It is a holiday, but that does not mean it’s time for an extended cheat day (or does it?). Whether it is your hot cup of joe in the morning or your 3-mile evening jog, do your best to stick to your weekly routine.
Labor Day Weekend is the perfect time to indulge in that extra bottle you‘ve been saving, or try out the new jello shot recipe you found on Pinterest. However, it’s important to keep in mind alcohol contains calories, and those sugary drinks you make will lead to a nasty hangover throwing off your workout plans.
Instead, try limiting your alcohol intake to a glass or two, and consider drinking more water. Water is essential for flushing out toxins and keeping your body hydrated, and for an added bonus it can reduce that Sunday morning hangover.
If you’re like me, you’ll most likely find yourself at the bars this weekend. It’s no secret that bars don’t have the healthiest food options (even out here in California), which means it’s on you to bring a healthy treat to stuff your face with between Mai Tais.
Think about packing healthy foods such as fruits, vegetable-filled sandwiches, and low-sodium nuts. Pass up on the chips and dip, and try some carrots and that oh so delicious hummus your mom has been telling you about.
If you skip breakfast during the week, shame on you, but this holiday weekend is your chance for redemption. Breakfast not only provides you with the nutrients and energy to take on the day but will also give you that full feeling so you don’t overeat once the drinks start flowing.
Footloose wasn’t just an American Classic, but a shining example of how we should be spending our Labor Day Weekends. If Kevin Bacon has taught us anything, it’s that dancing is good for the soul, and in this case, good for the body.
30 minutes on the dancefloor can actually burn up about 180 calories. If you’re struggling to fit in time for your daily work out between all your holiday plans, this is your solution.
If for some reason you decide these health tips aren’t for you, the least you can do is begin planning for the week ahead of you. Maybe think about planning a trip to the grocery store at some point and prepare some nice lunches and dinners to help you recover at work on Tuesday (if you don’t call out for an extended vacation).
Hopefully, these health tips will help you enjoy your holiday weekend to the fullest, and of course here are some awesome recipes for you ti try over the weekend!
Grilled Salmon Kebabs
Makes: 4 servingsCalories per serving: 267 / Fat: 11g / Carbohydrates: 7g / Sugar: 0g / Protein: 35g
Grilled Chicken Bruschetta
Makes: 4 servingsCalories per serving: 237 / Fat: 8.5g / Carbohydrates: 7g / Sugar: 0.5g / Protein: 32g