Labor Day is all about parties: pool parties, neighborhood parties, parties at the park, and NOOOO labor! Its a great time to enjoy some sunshine and rest up before the fall season starts. All the festivities can make it challenging to make healthy choices, but with a little knowledge and pre-planning you can have a fun and feel GREAT once Tuesday comes. Here are my top tips on how to celebrate a HEALTHY Labor Day!
Caroline’s Tips for a Healthy Labor Day Celebration
Celebrate with Movement. Make activities and exercise part of your holiday. Grab your friends for a hike, go on a scenic bike ride, or cool off in the pool with a game of water polo. At a BBQ or a labor day party? Get up and play volleyball, badminton, or any other fun yard game. No games on hand? You can always start up a dance party and show everyone your awesome moves. Make movement one of the ways you CELEBRATE. You’ll burn calories, get your heart pumping, and have quality fun time with your friends.
Eat First. Seems silly to eat before you’re going someplace to eat, but it can really help. If you have a healthy snack before you go to any social gathering you are less likely to overeat or make poor choices. With a snack in your stomach, won’t be famished and start eating the first thing you see. Instead, you can focus on the social aspect of the party, have fun, and catch up with your friends.
Stay Hydrated and have water on HAND! Its important to remember to hydrate (always!) but especially on hot days outside. Carry water with you and have enough on hand to keep you well hydrated. When you first go to a party, grab a glass of water and refill it often. Having that glass of water will keep your hands busy and may also prevent you from over-indulging in alcoholic or calorie-laded drinks. Alcohol can weaken our intentions for healthy living. We tend to overeat or make poor choices after a few drinks. Im ALL for having a good time, but remember: Moderation is KEY in enjoying a healthy holiday (and helping you feel better come Tuesday!) Stay hydrated and you should feel fabulous during your day off.
Establish a buffet strategy. Buffets can be the bullies of healthy diets: they are intimidating and often make you do things you don’t want to do. Its a good idea to plan a food table strategy and to view all the food options before digging in. When you’re filling your plate focus on loading up on fruit, veggies, lean protein, and healthy fat. If you see a treat that you really want, allow yourself a small sample or share it with a friend. Indulging in a favorite treat is fine – just watch your serving size!
Don’t come empty handed. Offer to bring your own healthy dish to the celebration. Not only will you win points with the hostess, but also you’ll know that no matter what, there will be at least one thing good for you to eat. Veggies with hummus or seasonal fruit platters are my favorite healthy party dishes.
Socialize. Step away from the food table and instead focus on socializing with other people! Once you’ve filled your plate, challenge yourself to talk to at least five different people before you can go back for more. This simple strategy will help you focus less on the food and more on the people. And who knows, once you start enjoying the people around you, you may realize you aren’t actually hungry for that second helping of pasta.
Remember, just because the invitation says party, it doesn’t mean it’s an invitation to overindulge. If you plan ahead and come prepared you’ll be able to have a fun, healthy, memorable Labor Day. Holidays are about spending time with those you love and LIVING IT UP. So move, eat, celebrate,and ENJOY for me!
Whats one fit way you’ll be celebrating Labor Day in a healthy way? Leave a comment below with one nutritious recipe or fun activity that you plan on enjoying monday. Cant wait to read all your ideas for staying healthy and fit on your day off!
Here’s one that I’ll be trying, thank you COOKING LIGHT! Cant wait to read what you’ll be cooking up 🙂
Summer Peach and Tomato Salad
Simplicity has never looked so beautiful. A stunning combination of skin-on peaches and heirloom tomatoes of various colors, sizes, and shapes creates a sweet-savory salad that pairs well with grilled pork.
- YIELD: 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup)
- TOTAL:19 Minutes
- COURSE: Salads, Side Dishes/Vegetables
- 1/4 cup thinly vertically sliced red onion
- 1/2 pound ripe peaches, pitted and cut into wedges
- 1/4 pound heirloom beefsteak tomatoes, cut into thick wedges
- 1/4 pound heirloom cherry or pear tomatoes, halved
- 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup (1 ounce) crumbled feta cheese
- 2 tablespoons small basil leaves or torn basil
1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Combine vinegar, olive oil, honey, salt, and pepper in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle vinegar mixture over peach mixture; toss well to coat. Sprinkle with cheese and basil.
- Calories: 75
- Fat: 3.5g
- Saturated fat: 1.3g
- Monounsaturated fat: 1.6g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 0.3g
- Protein: 2.1g
- Carbohydrate: 9.9g
- Fiber: 1.7g
- Cholesterol: 6mg
- Iron: 0.4mg
- Sodium: 156mg
- Calcium: 47mg
Other things to help you live it up the healthy way this Labor Day:
- Healthy Labor Day recipes from Eating Well
- OUTDOOR WORKOUT. Hope its sunny out!
- Healthy Dips, Side Dishes, and More