Hair gets lighter.
Skin gets darker.
Water gets warmer.
Drinks get colder.
Music gets louder.
Nights get longer.
Life gets better
Oh, Summer … we know you are just around the corner here in the upper Midwest. Your sister, Spring, was slow to make her appearance but we’re confident you’re not going to remain as shy as she did this year.
Your heat, your carefree attitude, your relaxation … we’re ready to soak it all in. Not to mention, your bountiful produce and lighter meals on the patio or by the water. Hearty and creamy soups are transitioning to crisp and light salads, comforting pasta dishes are taking a back seat to cool dips and crunchy veggies, and heavy desserts are being benched for fruity frozen yogurt parfaits. Summer, we live for you!
There are many reasons why Americans may lean toward healthier eating in the summertime. The Huffington Post lists some of those reasons as follows:
We did not inherit the earth from our ancestors;
we have borrowed it from our children.
Since 1970, Americans across our fair land have been celebrating Earth Day. In an effort to bring awareness to our fragile ecosystem, sustain the environment, and better care for both flora and fauna, focusing on how best to treat Mother Earth has garnered more and more support each year.
We’ve seen increases in sustainability measures like reusable shopping bags, less product packaging, and refillable container use. Folks are consciously choosing to recycle more and keep spending and travel local when they can. Public transportation users and hybrid or electric car usage has seen an uptick as people realize the impact their carbon footprints are leaving.