With summer just around the corner, it’s time to get ready to welcome the best that the Aussie weather has to offer. From switching up your daily routine to getting creative with healthy meals, we’ve got you covered on how to officially have the best summer yet.
Seize the day
One of the best things about the Australian summer is the glorious addition of daylight savings (sorry QLD, WA and NT)! Who doesn’t want an extra few hours of daylight to get everything done? One of the best ways to make the most of all that extra sunshine is to get up early and complete one task before you start your day. Whether that’s preparing a packed lunch before work or getting that gym session in early, ticking off just one thing before you would normally start your day will set you up for a whole day of productivity.
Pick up a new book
So often people will set a New Years’ resolution to read more, but why should you have to wait until January 1st to get started? And, if you’re a millennial on a budget who can’t afford to cash out on a new book each week, don’t underestimate the value of your local library. They’re often stocked with the latest new releases and some even have a complimentary audiobook app subscription if you prefer to have your books in the palm of your hand.
Invest in a good SPF
While it’s all well and good at the time to just say ‘YOLO’ when it comes to being sun safe, it’s always an instant regret when you look in the mirror and see a red lobster staring back. But in all seriousness, with approximately two in three Aussies being diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they turn 70, it’s important to take sun safety seriously. Make sure to lather up with an SPF 30+ sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going outdoors and make sure to reapply every two hours.
Long days in the sun, coffee catch ups back to back and busy summer schedules make it easy for us to forget to stay hydrated. By the time you start to feel thirsty and need a drink, your body is already suffering from dehydration. It’s so important to keep our bodies adequately hydrated at all times, especially as the weather heats up. For keeping liquids cool, we love our Beforeyouspeak double insulated Thermo Bottles which are small enough to fit in your bag.
Switch up your coffee
Love having your daily cup of BYS coffee but can’t stand the extra sweat it causes? Luckily, our BYS coffees are so versatile, you can add them to almost everything. We’re currently obsessed with adding our Glow Mocha to a banana smoothie. Simply throw a sachet of Glow Mocha into a blender with one frozen banana, some ice and milk of your choice and blitz until thick and creamy. For an extra flavour kick, add a scoop of one of our coffee creamers for some added sweetness and the goodness of Coconut and MCT oils.
Keep the alcohol light
Summer is for enjoying the sunshine and catching up with friends over a tipple, but it’s possible to enjoy yourself without feeling guilty about all the extra calories. Opt for clear spirits like Vodka or Gin and choose a sugar free mixer or a plain soda. If you want to go one step further, break up each drink with a glass of water or non-alcoholic drink. This will help you cut back in the calorie department while reducing tomorrow’s hangover!
Get creative with salads
Gone are the days where a few salad leaves was considered a meal. Now, there’s a million and one different ways to enjoy a hearty salad or poke bowl during the warmer months while still getting all the benefits of a balanced and filling meal. Pre-cooking meats like chicken and beef strips will instantly add some protein to your salad while roasted and cooled sweet potato or quinoa will give you energy and help to fill you up. Don’t forget to try out adding different toppings like crushed tamari almonds, a sprinkling of seeds or dried fruit for a little extra something!