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Healthy Summer Tips


5 Tips for Healthy Living

As soon as summertime hits, there are suddenly dozens of different magazine and online articles claiming to have the newest “healthy” tips. To help us stay on track and stick to the most effective healthy habits, The Chateau’s Assistant Dining Director and Registered Dietician Laura Vollink shares her 5 tips for covering the bases of a well-rounded and healthy lifestyle.

1. Healthy Hearts

To keep your heart healthy, eat a variety of colors and lean meats. Fill your plate with things that are low in salt, sodium and saturated fat. Stick to foods like apples and leafy greens.

2. Healthy Digestion

Healthy digestion starts with fiber. Some great sources of fiber are fresh fruit and veggies, whole grain, brown rice and quinoa. Be sure that when you increase your fiber, you also increase your water intake!

3. Healthy Bones

Calcium is the ticket to healthy bones. Choose foods that are high in calcium and Vitamin D, like dark leafy greens, low fat milk and yogurt. Regular activity is also essential for maintaining good bone health.

4. Healthy Hydration

Staying hydrated is even more important in the summer months. Even if you don’t feel overheated or thirsty, be sure to continually drink water. And, when given the choice, always opt for water over sugary beverages.

5. Healthy Life

A good rule of thumb is to make your plate look like the one on Choose My Plate. Incorporate balance into your life. Eat healthy as often as you possibly can—but don’t forget to allow yourself a treat every once in awhile, too. Balance is everything.

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