With a bank holiday on the horizon, it’s time to sit back and enjoy the waning summer season with a festive time. Whether you are looking to stay local for this UK bank holiday or decide to take on a little trip away while you can, you’ll want to prioritise safety and health. Not sure quite how to plan your celebrations wisely? Your focus list will include planning a healthy routine, making room for getting allergy and intolerance tests when planning meals, and exploring the fun world of barbecue! Let’s take a look at more detail below.
Keep your celebrations safe and fun
When deciding how to make the most out of your celebrations, you don’t need to condemn yourself to a boring plan that is all about your health. Safety, fun, and health can all fit into a fun and exciting package — you just have to plan for it properly!
Planning is also a great way to ensure you make the most of the UK bank holiday, too, rather than just passing the day away without enjoying it. Use these tips below to help you make the most out of your special day off.
Focus on your health
Your health should be a priority every day of the year, including a holiday. There are a few details to consider when it comes to a day off since we all tend to let loose a bit and indulge ourselves.
Be mindful of your alcohol content
We all enjoy some extra wine on a day off but be careful of how much you enjoy. If you are in a hot climate or simply sitting out on a hot day with a glass or two of wine, you could be at extra risk. Try to limit your alcohol on hot days as it can put stress on your heart.
Another detail to consider is how much water you drink throughout the day. If it’s a relaxing day, you’re probably enjoying extra cups of tea and alcohol. This means you should increase your hydration to match at least. If you are enjoying an active day (more on that next), stay hydrated so that your body can keep up with what you’re asking of it.
Add something healthy to your day
We’re not necessarily talking about fruits and veg (though this could be a great choice). Make a bit of time for some healthy, active tasks to get your body moving and enjoy it. You do not have to go to the gym or otherwise do an activity that you don’t enjoy. Make a list of fun options that will bring you some fun, preferably with someone else. For example, swimming, riding a bike, taking a stroll around a botanical garden, etc.
Enjoy the barbecue while you can
One of the best parts of this UK bank holiday is that it is still barbecue season! You’ll be able to enjoy some delicious meals and make the most out of this time of year when it comes to your grill. If you’re looking for something new, there are quite a few options that will help you blend health and taste! Explore healthy recipes such as the following:
- Turkey burgers
- Halloumi burgers
- Seafood and pineapple kebabs
- Caper salad
- Barbecue salad pizza
These are just a few options to help you give your barbecue a workout and enjoy something creative at the same time. However, if you are exploring new recipes, you will want to do so carefully. With new recipes come new potential allergies and intolerances. If you want to be on the safe side — always a great idea –consider allergy and intolerance tests before picking your menu choices! This will give you the accurate information that you need for safe meals.
Make your barbecue allergen-safe
There is more to that that you can also plan for if you want to ensure that everyone has a safe and delicious time during your celebrations. It’s the potential danger of barbecue sauce. Whether you use storebought sauce or you make your own, be very aware of the ingredients that could be lurking that cause reactions to those around you (or you)!
There are a few common problem areas with barbecue sauce. The first is those with lactose intolerance, fructose intolerance, or gluten intolerance. Ingredients containing lactose, fructose, and gluten are common in barbecue sauce. For example, tomatoes, dairy products, and corn syrup.
Many store-bought sauces also have the potential to have wheat and fish in their ingredients. Even if they don’t, there is often a chance of cross-contamination, which makes those with severe food allergies have to steer clear. Barbecue sauce allergies are much more common than many think!
If you want to explore making an allergen-friendly barbecue sauce, this is a wonderful adventure that will also help you expand your culinary skills. Start with a clean slate by ordering allergy and intolerance tests, much like above, when exploring new recipes for the barbecue itself. The more information you have on how your body reacts to what you make, the better your holiday will be!
Make the most out of the bank holiday by planning celebrations that are fun, relaxing, and filled with fun activities and delicious food. This will make for a fun adventure with your loved ones and even better memories for the colder months to come!