Summer is typically thought of as one of the best times of the year. The weather is beautiful, allowing for time at the beach, cooking out in the backyard, and outdoor parties. However, with all of this comes many opportunities to make bad choices, especially when it comes to your nutrition. The number one temptation- overeating. Cook-outs and parties are often packed with many non-healthful food items (alcohol, potato salad, baked goods, ice cream, etc), and it can be very hard to pass these foods up. However, one of the most important things to remember in living a healthFUL life is portion size. If you can’t pass up that cookie, split it with someone. Also, if you know you’re going to a party later in the day that will be packed with high calorie and fat foods, make sure to eat something small with some protein beforehand in order to avoid over eating once you’re there (low-fat yogurt, handful of almonds). Lastly, if you’re able, bring your own healthFUL dish to the party. That way you’re sure to find something good to eat. Visit the Diet and Nutrition Magazine website, http://tdn-digital.com/recipes.shtml, for some great healthFUL recipe ideas to bring to your next party!