More than ever before, Australians look forward to spending uninterrupted time outside this summer and with social calendars already filling up, Mayver’s is reminding us of the healthier ways we can indulge over the warmer months.
28 founder and Mayver’s ambassador, Sam Wood, says that while we definitely deserve time to relax this year, it’s important to be mindful of what you and your family are eating and drinking, especially when outdoors.
“In the heat, our bodies can quickly become dehydrated and lose the essential minerals needed to regulate bodily function and temperature. So, whether you’re at a family barbecue or enjoying a picnic with friends, I’d recommend preparing recipes that are balanced, refreshing and easy to digest,” Sam says.
“Additionally, when the water content in our body reduces, exhaustion and tiredness often follows, which is why eating the right foods can mean the difference between getting a much-needed energy boost or heading to the couch for a lazy afternoon nap.”
Sam adds that healthy eating for summer should be about making positive food choices and enjoying your time in the kitchen, not restrictive fad diets and excessive weight loss.
“Whether you’re entertaining a crowd or by yourself at home, get creative in the kitchen and take advantage of cooking with seasonal fruits and veggies. Don’t put pressure on yourself, you can still have fun whilst smashing your own health goals.”
Sam says that in order to maintain your children’s energy levels during school holiday adventures, it is vital to encourage healthy eating habits early and to be wary of classic summer treats that are high in sugar and additives.
“I know for my kids, it wouldn’t be an Aussie summer without sitting on the trampoline with an icy pole in hand. However, many convenience store-bought icy poles contain added nasties, which can have an impact on energy levels and mood,” Sam says.
“You can significantly increase the nutritional value of your icy poles by making your own at home. For a nutrient-rich and high protein treat that’ll provide you and your family with a slow burn of energy, try my Snickers Icy Pole recipe which includes Mayver’s Peanut Butter.
“As well as being a delicious summer treat, this recipe doubles as a fun activity to stamp out the school holiday boredom.”
For another summer snack that can satisfy your sweet tooth but won’t send your sugar levels into a spin, try Susie’s Peanut Butter & Hazelnut Christmas Trees.
Mayver’s summer recipes:
- Sam’s Snickers Icy Pole
- Susie’s Peanut Butter & Hazelnut Christmas Trees
Mayver’s is an Australian family-owned natural spread company. All Mayver’s natural spreads are vegan and contain absolutely no added oil, sugar, gluten, dairy, cholesterol or hardened fats and are nothing but goodness for your family.
Mayver’s products are available at Woolworths, Coles and independent retailers Australia-wide. For more information or recipe inspiration visit mayvers.com.au
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