It’s a few weeks into summer, and by now we have all had our fair share of pool parties and beach barbecues. Barbecue food and party snacks are not always the healthiest choicest, and eating excess amounts of food high in fat, sodium, and sugar can take a toll on your body and leave you feeling groggy and uncomfortable. The last thing you want to feel out in the sun is dehydrated, bloated, and tired.Here are five tips for swapping common foods that cause bloat for lean snacks that keep you feeling energized and active!
Five Foods to Swap to Stay Lean & Energized
The carbon dioxide in the bubbles from carbonated drinks take up a lot of space and increases the amount of time it takes for your stomach to digest. Carbonated drinks are often high in sugar, and too much sugar can lead to bloating and other digestive issues.
Instead: Drink water.
Water reduces the production of gas in the stomach and increases hydration.
While you are chewing gum, you are actually swallowing a lot of air. All of that air gets trapped in your stomach and digestive tract.
Instead: Chew seeds or mints.
If you need something chewy grab a bag of unsalted sunflower seeds, but if you’re going for fresh breath, grab a pack of mints instead.
Water is attracted to salt, and all that sodium you’ve been consuming is retaining the fluid in your body. That extra fluid will leave you feeling heavy as well as dehydrated.
Instead: Eat almonds.
If you are craving salty food your body may be low in calcium. Sodium temporarily increases calcium levels, so your body may be looking for a quick fix. The next time you are craving a salty snack grab a bag of dry roasted, unsalted almonds. Almonds are a high source of calcium and that dry roasted flavor will ease the taste you’re craving.
Spicy foods increase the release of stomach acid, which causes stomach irritation. However, everyone’s body reacts differently to spices. If you know your body can handle the spiciest sauce then keep enjoying, but if you have a weaker stomach swap out the barbecue and chili sauces.
Instead: Use Italian spices or lemon.
Ditch the pre-made salty sauces and seasonings. Most Italian spice mixes are salt-free and offer just as much flavor, and adding a bit of lemon juice offers a refreshing, summery kick.
Ditch: Diet products
Low-calorie and low-fat products are highly processed and contain sugar alcohols that are hard for your body to absorb.