You can get your summer off to a great start by making some healthy changes in your meal plan. Finding ways to incorporate more vegetables into your daily diet and reduce your intake of added sugars, salt, and fats are excellent ways to boost your heart health and trim your waistline. And if you’re planning to undergo bariatric weight loss surgery at Riverside Community Hospital, you can take advantage of the extensive patient support, including nutritional guidance.
Visit Local Farm Stands
This summer, take advantage of the wide variety of fresh produce available from farms around the Riverside area. Head over to a nearby farmer’s market or local farm stand to stock your fridge full of nutrient-rich vegetables and fruits. Instead of eating ice cream this summer, you can indulge in healthy watermelon slices fresh from the farm. Each time you visit a farmer’s market, challenge yourself to select at least one new vegetable to try. Eating a variety of produce gives your body the wide spectrum of nutrients it needs to function well.
Add Berries to Your Meals
Berries may be small in size, but they’re jam-packed with nutrients. By eating about a cup of fresh berries each day, you’re adding antioxidants and fiber to your diet. Sprinkle some blueberries on your morning oatmeal, add strawberries to your salad for lunch, or mix in some fresh blackberries into a cup of low-fat yogurt.
Prepare Ingredients for the Week Ahead
One common reason for resorting to unhealthy convenience meals is lacking enough time at the end of the day to prepare a healthy, home-cooked meal. You can address this issue by planning your meals for the week ahead and assembling all of your ingredients. Tear leafy kale into bite-sized pieces, chop up broccoli and cauliflower florets, and slice some carrot sticks to use in meals for the coming week. Store your washed and chopped ingredients in sealed containers in the refrigerator to make it easy to prepare weeknight meals.
At Riverside Community Hospital, you’ll find compassionate staff members who are dedicated to helping you meet your wellness goals. If you’re anticipating bariatric weight loss, robotic surgery, organ transplant, or heart surgery, you can find the help you need at our community hospital. To speak with a registered nurse in Riverside, give us a call at (951) 788-3000.