Stay Fit and Healthy this Summer Holiday

by Danielle Lauren

Summer is an exciting time of the year.  The warmth of the sun on your skin.  The fresh ocean air at the beach and the sand at your feet.  When planning a holiday this summer make sure not to forget about your healthy habits that you have been working so hard for all year long.  Summer is a great time to take a break, rest and relax, and enjoy each day. 

When on your holiday or summer break try to incorporate your healthy habits such as getting exercise in when you can.  If you are at the beach or pool you can stay active with swimming.  You can go hiking on that trail, or bike riding around the charming town you encounter.  Stay active and keep it fun!

Try new summer recipes to get you inspired for eating healthy and fresh.  Grill your fruit such as peaches and watermelon to add to your salad.  Try that spiralizer this summer and make zoodles.  Grill shrimp on the barbeque or make an avocado taco salad.  There are a number of delicious recipes you can find online.  Make a list of new and delicious recipes you would like to try.  If you are on vacation then try to maintain your healthy habits, and don't be afraid to explore and try something new -- you never know you might find something you love!

Allow yourself to indulge once in awhile, but make sure to have self-control.  Enjoy that mango sorbet by the pool, or that delicious ice cream cone by the beach.  Or try creating your own healthy version of that sweet treat.   Treat yourself, stay active, and think of maintaining your healthy habits!


Mango Sorbet Recipe:

Note: This recipe does not have sugar (if you would like it sweeter you can use 3/4 cups sugar or sugar substitute)

  • 2 pounds ripe mangoes, peeled and diced, 4 1/2 to 5 cups
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice, more or less to taste


  1. Pack diced mangoes in blender with water and blend on high speed until very smooth, about 30 seconds. Pour through a fine-mesh strainer into a large measuring cup, pushing purée through strainer with a spoon, until you have 3 cups of purée. Reserve remainder for another use.

  2. Transfer strained purée into a large bowl and whisk in lime juice (whisk in sugar in small increments if using).

  3. Chill purée in refrigerator until very cold, 2 to 3 hours. Churn in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions, then transfer to airtight container and chill in freezer at least 4 hours before serving.


Summer Healthy Tips:

- Drink a glass of water before each meal

- Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day (hydration is important in the summer!)

- Sleep well (getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental and physical health, safety and quality of life)

- Eat fresh (reserve a place on your plate very meal for fresh produce)

- Stay active  (summer is a great time to try new exercises and outdoor activities)

- Stay in the shade (try to limit your time in the direct sunshine and wear sunscreen)

- Relax and rejuvenate (take time out for yourself to relax and reduce stress)

- Have fun!!!



Fresh Fruit - Naturally Sweet

by Danielle Lauren

Eating healthy all of the time can be a challenge.  Especially on a hot day when you want something refreshing and sweet. There are many options to curb your sweet cravings.  Fruit is a naturally delicious sweet snack.  Here are a few ideas to beat the heat and fulfill your need for sweets! 










Cut up fruit and make fruit skewers! 




Blend your fruit and make smoothies and juices! 


Make a fruit salad like this citrus salad 


Cherries are delicious!