July 4th is a fantastic opportunity to spend time with family and friends, celebrating what it means to be American. It’s important to mark such events and remind ourselves of the freedoms that we’re grateful to have.
People all over the U.S.A tend to go big when it comes to the 4th of July celebrations. Whether it’s with food, drinks, parties, or fireworks, there are no half measures. Between delicious barbecue sauces, chips ‘n’ dips, burgers, hot dogs, and beer, one can consume enough calories for several people in just a day.
While it’s quite alright to indulge on special occasions, you might not want to. If you’ve been working out and eating healthy all year, maybe binging on independence day isn’t your idea of a good party. That’s okay too!
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the 4th of July in a healthy manner. Here are five top tips for keeping things fresh and healthy this holiday season.
5 Tips for a Healthy 4th of July
Have a Healthy Lead In
Use the weeks leading up to July 4th to build positive habits. Be extra disciplined with your diet and exercise routines and ensure that you hit the holidays in the best shape possible. That way, you’ll be in a great position to enjoy the 4th of July festivities guilt-free.
Start an Active Tradition
Barbecues, party food, and celebratory drinks are fun, but they are not necessarily healthy customs. Starting a healthy tradition for July 4th promotes a balanced lifestyle and will do wonders for the holiday atmosphere.
Exercise is a natural mood booster and it’s a great way to earn the feast that awaits. Touch football, hill hikes, soccer, or softball games are perfect options.
Working out the day of the party will energize you for the night ahead. While everyone else is taking a break, you are progressing toward becoming a better you. Why not get yourself a pair of patriotic workout leggings to mark the occasion?
Even if you’ve scheduled your cheat day for July 4th, you’ll be glad to have crushed a workout as you chow down.
If you’re planning on avoiding cheeseburgers and hotdogs, you may be faced with a lot of temptation when the barbecue smells hit.
Prepare your own healthy food and snacks to avoid going hungry. This will help to resist the urge of devouring those unhealthy treats. If you’re staying away from alcohol, brew up a healthy and refreshing homemade beverage.
Enjoy Beverages with a Healthy Flair
Calories absorbed from alcohol are regarded as “empty calories” as they contain no nutritional value. Most wine, beer, and cocktails are full of sugar and other additives that are very unhealthy.
However, it is possible to revisit your favorite cocktail recipes and give them a healthy twist. Here are some useful pointers for creating healthy(ish) cocktails:
- Replace flavoring and sugars with fresh fruit juices and natural syrups.
- Use sparkling water instead of soda or tonic.
- Enhance flavor using fresh herbs, spices, fruits, and vegetables.
An amazing summer cocktail that’s perfect for your 4th of July party is a strawberry margarita. Decorate it with blueberries to give it the American look.