Hydrate, eat well to keep your cool this summer, says Ancaster Sobeys dietitian Sydney Brennan

Opinion Jun 15, 2020 by Sydney Brennan Ancaster News

While this summer may look a little different from what we’re used to, one thing is for sure – the sun is still going to bring the heat! Whether you’re enjoying a relaxing afternoon on the porch or planting flowers in the garden, here are some tips to be sure you stay well fueled and hydrated when the heat hits.

Hydrate with water

Water is the best choice to keep you hydrated. It’s a calorie free way to quench your thirst. Keep your favourite reusable water bottle filled in the fridge for a quick grab and go cold drink. You’ll be ready for a backyard badminton game or an adventure on the bike trail at a moment’s notice.

Jazz up your water with these tasty tips:

• Flavour your water with fresh fruit, veggies or herbs. Try slices of orange, grapefruit or strawberries. Experiment with new flavor combinations like cucumber and mint or watermelon and basil.

• Add frozen berries instead of ice cubes. They will cool your water and add extra flavour as they thaw.

• Try sparkling water or club soda as a fizzy alternative to plain water.

Choose a sports drink only when you need it. A sports drink is a good choice if you are exercising hard for over 45 minutes, especially in hot and humid weather. Otherwise, drink water. If you’re curious whether you may need a sports drink to meet your activity level, talk to a Registered Dietitian or your Sobeys Dietitian.

Beat the Heat

Try these refreshing ideas when temperatures soar:

• Snack on fruit and veggies. Try melons, strawberries, cucumber, celery, tomatoes and peppers. They all contain over 90% water, so they will help you stay cool on a sunny day. Cut them up ahead of time so they are in the fridge and ready to go.

• Make your own popsicles. Fill molds with leftover smoothie for a cold snack. Don’t have a popsicle mold? You can also use an ice cube tray by putting a popsicle stick into each section.

• Brew your favorite tea and let it chill. Add fresh lemon or mint and serve over ice.

Cool Meal Ideas

The last thing you want to do on a hot summer day is turn on the oven or stand over a hot stove. These summer meal ideas won’t heat up your kitchen – and are perfect for enjoying out on the deck.

• Grill it! Barbecues are for more than just meat. Try grilling firm vegetables like peppers, zucchini, asparagus or portabella mushroom caps. Toss them with a little olive oil and your favorite herbs before placing them on the grill. Drizzle a balsamic reduction on top before serving for an added burst of flavor.

• Turn a green salad into a full meal with a few simple additions such as leftover chicken or salmon, canned chickpeas (drained and rinsed), grated cheese, cooked brown rice or whole grain pasta.

• Don’t forget dessert. A fresh fruit salad or frozen yogurt are simple ways to end a cool summer supper. Take it up a notch by grilling sliced pineapple, fresh peach halves or strawberries threaded on a skewer.

• In a hurry? Stop by your local Sobeys store for a rotisserie chicken, freshly made salad and whole wheat rolls for a quick, healthy dinner.

Hungry for more? Like Sobeys Dietitians on Facebook for more tasty tips and recipes or receive our Healthy Bits & Bites Newsletter directly to your inbox! Register at www.sobeyspharmacy.com/newsletter.

- Sydney Brennan is a registered dietitian at the Sobeys Extra Burlington and Ancaster locations.

Hydrate, eat well to keep your cool this summer, says Ancaster Sobeys dietitian Sydney Brennan

Drink plenty of water, writes Sydney Brennan

Opinion Jun 15, 2020 by Sydney Brennan Ancaster News

While this summer may look a little different from what we’re used to, one thing is for sure – the sun is still going to bring the heat! Whether you’re enjoying a relaxing afternoon on the porch or planting flowers in the garden, here are some tips to be sure you stay well fueled and hydrated when the heat hits.

Hydrate with water

Water is the best choice to keep you hydrated. It’s a calorie free way to quench your thirst. Keep your favourite reusable water bottle filled in the fridge for a quick grab and go cold drink. You’ll be ready for a backyard badminton game or an adventure on the bike trail at a moment’s notice.

Jazz up your water with these tasty tips:

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• Flavour your water with fresh fruit, veggies or herbs. Try slices of orange, grapefruit or strawberries. Experiment with new flavor combinations like cucumber and mint or watermelon and basil.

• Add frozen berries instead of ice cubes. They will cool your water and add extra flavour as they thaw.

• Try sparkling water or club soda as a fizzy alternative to plain water.

Choose a sports drink only when you need it. A sports drink is a good choice if you are exercising hard for over 45 minutes, especially in hot and humid weather. Otherwise, drink water. If you’re curious whether you may need a sports drink to meet your activity level, talk to a Registered Dietitian or your Sobeys Dietitian.

Beat the Heat

Try these refreshing ideas when temperatures soar:

• Snack on fruit and veggies. Try melons, strawberries, cucumber, celery, tomatoes and peppers. They all contain over 90% water, so they will help you stay cool on a sunny day. Cut them up ahead of time so they are in the fridge and ready to go.

• Make your own popsicles. Fill molds with leftover smoothie for a cold snack. Don’t have a popsicle mold? You can also use an ice cube tray by putting a popsicle stick into each section.

• Brew your favorite tea and let it chill. Add fresh lemon or mint and serve over ice.

Cool Meal Ideas

The last thing you want to do on a hot summer day is turn on the oven or stand over a hot stove. These summer meal ideas won’t heat up your kitchen – and are perfect for enjoying out on the deck.

• Grill it! Barbecues are for more than just meat. Try grilling firm vegetables like peppers, zucchini, asparagus or portabella mushroom caps. Toss them with a little olive oil and your favorite herbs before placing them on the grill. Drizzle a balsamic reduction on top before serving for an added burst of flavor.

• Turn a green salad into a full meal with a few simple additions such as leftover chicken or salmon, canned chickpeas (drained and rinsed), grated cheese, cooked brown rice or whole grain pasta.

• Don’t forget dessert. A fresh fruit salad or frozen yogurt are simple ways to end a cool summer supper. Take it up a notch by grilling sliced pineapple, fresh peach halves or strawberries threaded on a skewer.

• In a hurry? Stop by your local Sobeys store for a rotisserie chicken, freshly made salad and whole wheat rolls for a quick, healthy dinner.

Hungry for more? Like Sobeys Dietitians on Facebook for more tasty tips and recipes or receive our Healthy Bits & Bites Newsletter directly to your inbox! Register at www.sobeyspharmacy.com/newsletter.

- Sydney Brennan is a registered dietitian at the Sobeys Extra Burlington and Ancaster locations.

Hydrate, eat well to keep your cool this summer, says Ancaster Sobeys dietitian Sydney Brennan

Drink plenty of water, writes Sydney Brennan

Opinion Jun 15, 2020 by Sydney Brennan Ancaster News

While this summer may look a little different from what we’re used to, one thing is for sure – the sun is still going to bring the heat! Whether you’re enjoying a relaxing afternoon on the porch or planting flowers in the garden, here are some tips to be sure you stay well fueled and hydrated when the heat hits.

Hydrate with water

Water is the best choice to keep you hydrated. It’s a calorie free way to quench your thirst. Keep your favourite reusable water bottle filled in the fridge for a quick grab and go cold drink. You’ll be ready for a backyard badminton game or an adventure on the bike trail at a moment’s notice.

Jazz up your water with these tasty tips:

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• Flavour your water with fresh fruit, veggies or herbs. Try slices of orange, grapefruit or strawberries. Experiment with new flavor combinations like cucumber and mint or watermelon and basil.

• Add frozen berries instead of ice cubes. They will cool your water and add extra flavour as they thaw.

• Try sparkling water or club soda as a fizzy alternative to plain water.

Choose a sports drink only when you need it. A sports drink is a good choice if you are exercising hard for over 45 minutes, especially in hot and humid weather. Otherwise, drink water. If you’re curious whether you may need a sports drink to meet your activity level, talk to a Registered Dietitian or your Sobeys Dietitian.

Beat the Heat

Try these refreshing ideas when temperatures soar:

• Snack on fruit and veggies. Try melons, strawberries, cucumber, celery, tomatoes and peppers. They all contain over 90% water, so they will help you stay cool on a sunny day. Cut them up ahead of time so they are in the fridge and ready to go.

• Make your own popsicles. Fill molds with leftover smoothie for a cold snack. Don’t have a popsicle mold? You can also use an ice cube tray by putting a popsicle stick into each section.

• Brew your favorite tea and let it chill. Add fresh lemon or mint and serve over ice.

Cool Meal Ideas

The last thing you want to do on a hot summer day is turn on the oven or stand over a hot stove. These summer meal ideas won’t heat up your kitchen – and are perfect for enjoying out on the deck.

• Grill it! Barbecues are for more than just meat. Try grilling firm vegetables like peppers, zucchini, asparagus or portabella mushroom caps. Toss them with a little olive oil and your favorite herbs before placing them on the grill. Drizzle a balsamic reduction on top before serving for an added burst of flavor.

• Turn a green salad into a full meal with a few simple additions such as leftover chicken or salmon, canned chickpeas (drained and rinsed), grated cheese, cooked brown rice or whole grain pasta.

• Don’t forget dessert. A fresh fruit salad or frozen yogurt are simple ways to end a cool summer supper. Take it up a notch by grilling sliced pineapple, fresh peach halves or strawberries threaded on a skewer.

• In a hurry? Stop by your local Sobeys store for a rotisserie chicken, freshly made salad and whole wheat rolls for a quick, healthy dinner.

Hungry for more? Like Sobeys Dietitians on Facebook for more tasty tips and recipes or receive our Healthy Bits & Bites Newsletter directly to your inbox! Register at www.sobeyspharmacy.com/newsletter.

- Sydney Brennan is a registered dietitian at the Sobeys Extra Burlington and Ancaster locations.