Healthy Eating for an Active Summer
While summer can be synonymous with lazy days and sun-soaked afternoons, it’s also peak season to get outside and enjoy all of the warm weather activities that we’ve been dreaming about all winter! For many people, summer is one of the most active times of the year—whether you’re setting off on a weekend getaway with friends and family, spending the day at the beach with the kids, or taking the dogs on an epic hike.
With a busy schedule, it’s important to adapt your eating habits to ensure that you’re staying well fueled and hydrated through the day. That being said, we all know that it can be extra challenging to prioritize healthy eating when you’re eating on the go or between activities. This means that it’s important to plan ahead and keep the right kinds of foods on hand so that you don’t end up falling victim to the temptations of summer treats like ice cream and sugary drinks too frequently (although an occasional bowl of ice cream is definitely a quintessential part of the summer experience!).
Benefits of Protein-Rich Products
Protein is an important component of a healthy, active lifestyle. Not only is protein the building block of your muscles and an essential nutrient for bone health, but it also helps you feel more full. In other words, it can help keep the dreaded feeling of “hanger” at bay while you’re poolside or dockside!
Though many people commonly equate protein with meat or dairy, protein is actually found in a wide range of foods, many of which are plant-based. Plant-based, protein-rich products are a great choice for those looking for a strong, natural energy boost and a way to stay satiated between adventures, while avoiding the sluggish feeling that can often accompany a heavy meal.
In addition to being better for your health, plant-based protein sources also have a lower environmental impact than animal-derived foods, which means that choosing them can help us all do our part to keep the planet beautiful and livable, so that we will be able to enjoy the pleasures of summer for generations to come. Fortunately, thanks to products like the Dream Ultimate™ lineup of non-dairy beverages, it’s easier than ever to find ways to incorporate plant-based, protein-rich products into your meals or snacks.
Dream Ultimate™ Lineup of Non-Dairy Beverages
The Dream Ultimate™ lineup of non-dairy beverages has something to suit everyone’s dietary needs and preferences, so that you don’t need to compromise on taste. The entire lineup is plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free, and there are plenty of options that are free from common allergens like soy or nuts, making them suitable choices for those who suffer from allergies or sensitivities to these ingredients. The entire lineup is also delicious and versatile, which means they can be enjoyed on their own or combined with other ingredients in a range of different applications.
No matter how you choose to enjoy them, you can feel good knowing that you’re getting more protein, more indulgence, and more flavour in each serving. For example, Dream Ultimate™ Pea Protein Non-Dairy Beverage provides 8g of protein per 250mL serving! And Dream Ultimate™ Coconut Original boasts 50% more coconut cream than Coconut Dream™ beverages for an intensely creamy, tropical taste (piña coladas, anyone?).
Quick Food and Snack Ideas Using Dream Ultimate Products
Healthy food and snack ideas for fueling an active lifestyle often need to be quick and easy too. The Dream Ultimate™ lineup of non-dairy beverages is a valuable tool to add to your summer meal arsenal—here are just a few ideas of quick food and snack recipes using Dream Ultimate™ products. As an added bonus, recipes like smoothies, puddings, and baked goods are often packable and portable, so you can take them with you wherever the season takes you.
If you’re looking for a quick and filling option for breakfast, post-workout, or for a creamy, dreamy snack any time of day, look no further than this Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie recipe. The addition of whole-grain oats boosts the satiety content, especially in tandem with the extra protein provided by Dream Ultimate™ Pea Protein Non-Dairy Beverage, and kids and adults alike will love the flavour combination of blueberry and banana sweetened with a touch of honey (or sub agave or maple syrup to make it vegan-friendly). You’ll want to keep the ingredients stocked so that you can enjoy this all summer long!
- 3/4 cup (175 mL) Dream Ultimate™ Pea Protein Non-Dairy Beverage
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) Europe’s Best® Wild Woodland Blueberries
- 1 frozen banana, cut into chunks
- 2 tbsp (30 mL) instant oats
- 1 tsp (5 mL) honey
- In blender, combine Dream Ultimate™ Pea Protein Non-Dairy Beverage, blueberries, banana, oats and honey. Purée until smooth.
Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a simple, savoury option with vibrant flavours and healthy ingredients, this Thai Cucumber Salad with Coconut-Cilantro Dressing fits the bill perfectly. It makes a great side dish or vegetarian lunch, without requiring hours of sweating over a hot stove. And it’s quick to whip together in a large batch, leaving you more time for fun in the sun!
- 1/4 cup (60 mL) Dream Ultimate™ Coconut Original
- 1/3 cup (75 mL) chopped fresh cilantro
- 3 tbsp (45 mL) fresh lime juice
- 1 tbsp (15 mL) honey
- 1/4 tsp (1 mL) chili flakes
- 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
- Pinch pepper
- 2 cups (500 mL) thinly sliced cucumber
- 1 carrot, thinly sliced
- 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
- 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 cup (250 mL) bean sprouts
- 2 tbsp (25 mL) toasted coconut flakes
- In large bowl, whisk together Dream Ultimate™ Coconut Original, 1/4 cup (60 mL) cilantro, lime juice, honey, chili flakes, salt and pepper. Add cucumber, carrot, red pepper and red onion; toss to coat with dressing.
- Top with bean sprouts, coconut flakes and remaining cilantro.
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