Raise a glass to your health

A few quick tips for you and your family: 

  •  Replace one 12-ounce sugared beverage per day with water to trim more than 50,000 calories a year from your diet.
  •  Sip on water with snacks to stay hydrated (and help stave off hunger) throughout the day.
  •  Choose baked or air-popped treats over fried chips and pack trail mix for lasting energy.
  •  Encourage your children to drink water instead of sugary
    beverages to improve mental focus, performance and concentration,
    whether at camp or on the playing field.

When thinking about weight loss, most people are very aware of what they eat. However, what you drink can have a very big impact on diet as well. With obesity rates on the rise, every little bit counts.

With the average American drinking 400 calories a day and warmer weather here, watching the calories in beverages is especially crucial. Taking what you eat and drink into consideration is vital to a balanced diet and lifestyle.

Staying healthy is particularly important during the summer – with vacations, camp and the great weather, there is a lot you do not want to miss out on. Incorporating healthy eating and drinking habits into this summer’s routine can be easy – and rewarding.

Healthy hydration is especially important during summer when you and your kids are active – and drinking water is a smart, zero-calorie way to quench your thirst.

“Keeping well-hydrated throughout the day – with beverages like water, that don’t pour on the calories – is critical to staying healthy and fit,” says registered dietician Victoria Shanta Retelny, a nutrition expert and mom. “Don’t wait until you’re thirsty. Drink water throughout the day to maintain good hydration.”

The new dietary guidelines encourage Americans to be aware of their beverage consumption to achieve a healthy lifestyle and balanced calorie intake. Providing families with quick and easy – yet meaningful solutions is important to help families follow the guidelines. WH