Avoid Picnic Pitfalls. Healthy Choices for the Perfect Picnic.
Life Time Fitness provides healthy swap outs for some of summer’s tastiest
CHANHASSEN, Minn. -- July 2, 2013
Summer and picnics go hand in hand but traditional picnic foods do nothing to
help your waistline. By making a few easy swaps, you can pack the perfect
picnic and eliminate unhealthy amounts of sugar, unhealthy fats,
preservatives, additives and more. Life Time – The Healthy Way of Life Company
(NYSE: LTM) offers tips for avoiding summer eating pitfalls and making a great
summer meal a healthy one, too.
*If you didn’t put your own effort into it; avoid it: Many of the picnic or
BBQ-friendly convenience foods we pick up on short notice are highly
processed, preserved, nutrient-poor, and designed for mindless, easy
overconsumption.Instead, chose a pre-cut veggie tray, fruit tray, or even
roasted or grilled veggies from the grocery store deli counter or stop by
Life Time LifeCafe.
*Skip the chips: Salty, crispy, grab-able snacks such as chips, pretzels
and snack mixes areeverywhereat summer social gatherings.To counter the
temptations, fill up the buffet tables with healthier foods-with-a-crunch
like salty kale chips or strips of bell peppers to dip in spicy hummus,
guacamole, or sour cream. Produce such as broccoli florets, carrots,
jicama, cherry tomatoes and baby cucumbers also make great snacks.
*Watch your drink: Juice, sodas and sweetened teas are often made
withhigh-fructose corn syrupand may contain brominated vegetable oil,
which can wreak havoc on our bodies.Instead, pack your coolers with
sparkling mineral water, unsweetened tea, or offer a water cooler filled
with chilled cucumber – mint or berry/citrus-infused water.
*Banish the bun: Despite the fact that bread products raise our blood sugar
as quickly and as much as eating two tablespoons of pure sugar, we still
seem to fill these picnic staples with anything we can throw on the
grill.Try going bun-less by eating with a fork and knife to slow down
your eating. Use a lettuce-wrap approach to put some color into your meal
or toss your grilled goods on top of a plate of hearty salad greens.
*Be bold with burgers: It’s tough to go to a picnic or barbecue without
seeing copious amounts of meat sizzling away on the grill. Many of our
nostalgic char-grilled favorites, however, are heavily processed or
preserved with nitrates, nitrites, BHT, BHA, or the notoriouspink slime.
Whenever you can, opt for 100% grass-fed beef or try something new like
wild Alaskan salmon burgers or mix ground, nitrate-free turkey with
organic salsa and olives for a spicy turkey burger.
*Eat your hotdog naked: Most condiments are packed with unsavory additives
to enhance flavor, shelf life, texture, or appearance. Season with fresh
or dried herbs and seasonings and try dry rubs for chicken and ribs, pack
some fresh herbs and spices into your grass-fed burger patties, or
marinate your poultry or seafood with olive oil, citrus, and herbs before
searing them on the grill. Fresh salsa, guacamole, sour cream, or hearty
mustard are great toppings for your bun-less burger, chicken, or brats.
*Steer clear of faux salads: Potato salads, macaroni salad and pasta salad
do not offer our bodies any true nourishment. Replacing these sides with
some roasted vegetable salads or crisp, lightly-dressed coleslaw or use
Greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise or sour cream when making your own
*Don’t chase the ice cream man: Popular summer desserts such as gelatin and
colorful ice pops include artificial coloring agents that could just as
easily dye our hair, clothing, or crafts. Instead, choose to naturally
sweeten up your party with fruit kabobs, frozen berries with heavy cream,
or homemade real-fruit popsicles.
If all else fails or you’re crunched for time, stop by the LifeCafe to pick-up
some tasty to-go items made with only real and wholesome ingredients. To learn
more about packing a health picnic, visit a Life Time destination near you or
LifeTimeWeightLoss.com. For more information about Life Time Fitness, visit
LifeTimeFitness.com or Facebook.com/lifetimefitness.
About Life Time Fitness, Inc.
As The Healthy Way of Life Company, Life Time Fitness (NYSE:LTM) helps
organizations, communities and individuals achieve their total health
objectives, athletic aspirations and fitness goals by engaging in their areas
of interest — or discovering new passions — both inside and outside of Life
Time’s distinctive and large sports, professional fitness, family recreation
and spa destinations, most of which operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Company’s Healthy Way of Life approach enables customers to achieve this
by providing the best programs, people and places of uncompromising quality
and value. As of July 2, 2013, the Company operated 106 centers under the LIFE
TIME FITNESS^® and LIFE TIME ATHLETIC^® brands in the United States and
Canada. Additional information about Life Time centers, programs and services
is available at lifetimefitness.com.
Life Time Fitness, Inc.
Lauren Flinn, 952-229-7776
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