A Savvy Guide to the 4th of July

A Savvy Guide to the 4th of July

Fireworks, picnics, and BBQs mean you may be around a lot of unhealthy snacks and food choices this weekend. To help you make healthier choices, we have some tips to help you stay on track:

1. Swap the bun. Choose a whole wheat option if you are having a BBQ with hamburgers and hot dogs. Or instead swap the bun for a piece of cabbage, lettuce leaf, chard, or kale.

2. Choose Nitrate free hot dogs. Hot dogs can contain mystery meat. Instead look for brands that are nitrate, hormone, and antibiotic-free.

3. Up your veggie count. Grill a lot of veggies to fill you up. Try this 4th of July themed salad and make sure to fill up at least half of your plate so you will have less room for the higher calorie options. I like to top my salad with pieces of hamburger.

4. Don't skip meals. Eat a proper breakfast and lunch so you are not ravenous when you get to the BBQ.

5. Always wear sunscreen. If you are going to be outside, please wear a mineral-based sunscreen. We do need 15-20 minutes of unprotected sun exposure each day to get enough Vitamin D but the rest of the time you want to protect yourself from the damaging rays of the sun and prevent yourself from aging prematurely. [Editor's Note: We always have some BeautyCounter Sunscreen on hand, we even keep one in the car!]

6. Bring bug spray. Choose a bug spray that is all-natural and has essential oils like citronella, clove, lemongrass, rosemary, tea tree, eucalyptus, cedar, or geranium.

7. Pack snacks for the kids. "Mom, I'm hungry!" Seems to be a constant refrain from kids of all ages. Bring along some snacks to keep them happy. One of our favorite snacks is from Made Good. Their line is free from eight common allergens and they have delicious Vanilla and Chocolate Chip Crispy Squares. Other great red, white, and blue snacks include strawberries, coconut, and blueberries.

8. Stay hydrated. Our bodies are predominantly made of water and if you are outside on a warm day you may not realize how much you are losing, especially if there is a breeze outside. Also, try to minimize the number of alcoholic beverages you consume because alcohol is dehydrating and can be loaded with sugar. If you are the designated driver or trying to avoid alcohol, bring your own flavored water with a little cucumber or lemon, or bring probiotic water from Uncle Matt's or add vitamins and minerals to your water with EcoDrink from Lily of the Desert.

Have a great 4th of July long weekend and please be safe.

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Lisa Roth Collins is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) and is the Marketing Manager at NaturallySavvy.com. She is passionate about health and wellness and tries her best to make healthier choices every day for herself and her family. Her journey to natural health was driven by her own struggles with digestive discomfort, depression, and anxiety. Lisa returned to school in 2014 to study nutrition at the Canadian School for Natural Nutrition. She threw herself into her studies so she could learn as much as she could to help herself feel better and thrive. Upon completing the program and being certified as an RHN, Lisa began her work at Naturally Savvy where she has been able to help so many people learn to make healthier choices for themselves. Through her work, she has connected with so many incredible people in the industry whether other authors, influencers, or brands. Plus, she is affectionately known as "Techie Spice" because of her ability to wrap her head around technology. Every day she gets up with a renewed sense of energy and ready to make a difference. You can read all of Lisa's content here. In her spare time, Lisa loves to try new recipes, make delicious and nourishing meals, and she is an avid reader. For more information about Lisa, check out her profile on here.