7 ways to stay on track this Memorial Day

Memorial Day is almost here! Simply7 knows it can be hard to stay on track with all the BBQ’s and gatherings that will be going on this weekend. We wanted to give you some tips on how to enjoy this Memorial Day weekend guilt-free.

Try grilling Veggie Kabobs! Try eating more of these to stay away from the potato salad and mac n cheese. Check out this website for some great recipe ideas http://weelicious.com/2011/08/30/grilled-veggie-kabobs/

Burgers and hot dogs are two of the most traditional food items you will see on the grill this Memorial Day weekend. This year try grilling turkey burgers and turkey hot dogs. Follow this link for an amazing turkey burger recipe http://allrecipes.com/recipe/seasoned-turkey-burgers/

Stay active! It is Memorial Day weekend after all and for most a long 3 day weekend. Get some exercise in. If there is a volleyball game or Frisbee game going participate! This weekend does not have solely be about eating.

Think and eat in moderation. Don’t arrive with the “all or nothing mentality”. Don’t deprive yourself of everything, but don’t eat everything in sight and tell yourself you will start over on Monday. Remember everything in moderation.

Drink plenty of water. We all know sodas, lemonade, and fruit juices are loaded with sugar. Remember staying hydrated and drinking plenty water also helps you know when you are really hungry. Not only will you avoid drinking your calories, but it will help you from over eating.

Fruit, fruit, and more fruit! Cold fruits make a great dessert. Watermelon, pineapples, strawberries, and melons will be popular this weekend as well.  Choose this to satisfy your sweet tooth after your meal instead of cake and cookies.

If you happen to be a meat lover, stick to the leaner meats like grilled chicken breasts or fish if available. Try to avoid all of the mayo filled dishes.  Load up on the good stuff and enjoy yourself.

Thinking about hosting your own Memorial Day cook off? Here are a few websites to check out for some delicious recipes ideas.

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/collections/healthy_memorial_day_recipes

http://main.kitchendaily.com/memorial-day-recipes/healthy/

http://veganyackattack.com/2012/05/28/memorial-day-recipes/

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Mother’s Day Is Right Around The Corner, Here Are 7 Ways to Celebrate Mom!

Mother's Day Gift Ideas!
Mother’s Day Gift Ideas! (Photo credit: The Greenery Nursery)

As children in school we make finger painted cards and noodle necklaces for Mother’s Day. As we get older the search for the “Right” gift becomes a little more stressful and time consuming. Simply7 came up with 7 tips to help you find the best gift for mom this Mother’s Day.

  1.  Personalized Gifts always tend to touch the recipients heart a little more than a traditional gift. Giving mom a personalized card, piece of jewelry, or photo related gift will give her an item that connects you and her to the special occasion and relationship you have. To find reasonably priced personalized gifts for her go to http://www.personalcreations.com/mothersday?REF=PCRSRCHgoog_kwd_personalized%20mother%27s%20day%20gift_b&NoExitPopup=Y&MATCHTYPE=search&KEYWORD=personalized%20mother%27s%20day%20gift_b&ADTEXT=23825586899&NETWORK=google2.
  2.  A gift basket of her favorite scents, lotions, candles, or soaps is a traditional, yet thoughtful gift. A woman can never go wrong with a basket full of her favorite goodies. A great website to shop for gift baskets is http://www.gifttree.com. A custom made basket makes a great gift as well.
  3. Gift cards are easy and a great way to get mom to spend money on herself in places she wouldn’t normally. A gift card to a spa day, her favorite restaurant, pottery class, or a wine tasting are some great ideas to surprise her with.
  4. Flowers are the more traditional and popular gift choice on Mother’s Day, yet it still is a beautiful and colorful way to brighten her day. You can also, have them delivered to her job or house to make her feel a little more special around the office or house. Wanting to order flowers to get delivered?  Try ordering through www.proflowers.com or your local florist.
  5. If she enjoys cooking, gardening, travel, or crafts find creative gifts that match her interest. I would suggest looking on http://www.amazon.com to have a variety of choices.
  6. Mothers are always the first and last to be in the kitchen. This Mother’s Day be the one cooking a home cooked meal for her and the family.
  7. Take her to a restaurant she has never been to or has wanted to go to, but has not had the chance to treat herself. Wanting to make reservations? Visit http://www.opentable.com/ to avoid the wait.