Our great nation turns 148 on Wednesday (Happy Birthday, Canada!) and many of us will celebrate with BBQs and potlucks - which are all too often an excuse to indulge. But, as we tell our clients, you do not have to abandon your health and fitness goals to enjoy a festive meal. We talked a little bit about that last week in our summer survival guide. Today we bring you three healthy and patriotic recipe ideas, perfect for a Canada Day potluck.
1. Caprese salad. We are entering the months of wonderful, fresh, and local produce. Why not celebrate with a salad that screams summer and represents the colours of our great country's flag? Use good quality cheese and the freshest tomatoes you can find.
2. Banana strawberry fruit kabobs. This is a great snack or dessert, especially if you'll be celebrating with kids! Alternate strawberries and banana pieces on a skewers. A fun, festive, and EASY healthy treat.
3. A watermelon cake! For dessert, why not trade in a high-calorie regular cake for a cool and refreshing watermelon cake. Red in the middle, with a white whipped cream icing make it perfectly patriotic - bonus points for a strawberry maple leaf on the top.
However you celebrating our nation's birthday on Wednesday, we hope you have a GREAT - and healthy - day! For more healthy recipe ideas like these, and lots more useful fitness-related info, check us out on Pinterest.
Poul Nielsen is the owner and operator of Nielsen Fitness, Toronto's leading team of in-home personal trainers. He has 18 years' experience in the fitness industry and has taught courses in Fitness and Lifestyle Management at George Brown College.
In addition to exercise (obviously), he loves spending time with his family, playing the guitar, strong coffee - and dark chocolate!