African American family picnic

Summertime is usually one of the best times of the year. With vacations, social events, festivals and BBQs it is memorable and enjoyable. But, if you have committed yourself to being consistent with your meal plan, the distractions of summer social events can quickly rattle even the best-laid meal plans.

Don’t be dismayed. There are still ways to enjoy your summer without sabotaging your meal plan. I have enlisted some nutritional experts to help you come up with a plan to succeed in eating healthy while still enjoying all that summer has to offer.

Here are five nutritionist-approved ways you can enjoy your summer activities while sticking to your meal plan:

1. Try the plate trick.

Lara, a registered dietitian/nutritionist and head of a dietary team, suggests that you drink plenty of water. “Summer food and festivities are usually full of sodium bomb dishes and sugary sweet drinks. These drinks cause you to become dehydrated which affects your energy and mood and no one wants that when you’re enjoying summer fun!”

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