Cocktails by the pool, larger meals than usual and eating out galore! A summer holiday can easily revolve around food so it’s no wonder we often take home more “baggage” than we left with.
On average people put on five kilo’s over the summer holidays, but this doesn’t have to be you. Australia’s low-fat cooking queen Annette Sym says with some “symple” tricks and tips these holidays can boost your diet as opposed to blowing it out all together.
“I believe the summer holidays are a time to enjoy yourself, you need a plan on what portion sizes you eat so you can enjoy your holidays in a guilt-free way.” she said.
Annette, who has sold more than three million cookbooks, lives on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast and knows all about the joys of holidaying and also travels extensively, so understands firsthand the challenge when away and not having a kitchen to cook meals with.
“I know how tempting it can be to want to eat everything in sight when you go out to restaurants and when visiting friends and family at this time of year, but by sticking to a few of my sure fire solutions below means that you can go home feeling both relaxed and proud of yourself,” Annette said.
“I practise what I preach when it comes to holiday eating, so if you still want to fit into your clothes at the end of your holiday and avoid having any excess baggage – pack your good intentions and follow these few simple tips:.
- Pack a bowl and some high fibre cereal, long life skim milk and fruit (canned with no sugar added is also good to pack) and avoid the temptation of those big buffet breakfasts. Keep it light and lean during the day so that you can have a good meal at night.
- Take healthy snacks like sultanas, nuts, low fat muesli bars, and rice crackers
- Only have one large meal a day, even if you are eating out all the time. If lunch is large then make sure dinner is light.
If you do splurge on food, do some extra swimming or walking to balance it out
If you’re relaxing at home over summer, or catering for the hordes of visitors that arrive at this time of year, Annette has this symple advice:
- Make up fruit platters – they’re quick, look great, and encourage the family to eat fruit
- Avoid takeaways and dig out Annette’s cookbooks while you’ve got the extra time. The best takeaways I would suggest (because we all need a night off sometimes) is Thai, but avoid curries in coconut cream, or have grilled fish, hamburgers without all the extras and remember the larger the fried chip the less fat absorbed.
- Fire up the barbecue and dine on lean meat, tasty sauces and interesting salads that have low fat dressings and mayonnaise.
- Make your own mocktails with fresh fruit juice and mineral water
Annette also believes the summer holidays are the perfect opportunity to enjoy exercise. There are so many options to keep active at this time of year so make the most of the beautiful summer weather.
“Don’t spend your summer picnic sitting around the food, make sure to go for walks and join in on the activities planned,” such as.
“Swimming is also lots of fun over summer and great for the body and your health,” says Annette.
“And you can still do walking and workouts – just stick to early mornings and late afternoons and avoid overdoing it in the middle of the day If you have air-conditioning then crank it up and get moving.”
Annette suggests you try out her new recipes in her recently released SYMPLY TOO GOOD TOO BE TRUE 6 cookbook and treat your family and friends to some healthier options this summer.
Annette has sold more than three million Symply Too Good To Be True cookbooks, which contain low-fat recipes for family favourite foods and are endorsed by Diabetes Australia.
SYMPLY TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and the new Book 6 are sold in all good newsagencies and Borders bookstores or visit Annette’s website www.symplytoogood.com.au