The sunny days are lasting longer, our coats are back in the closet, and rooftop bars are bustling with activity once more.
That can only mean one thing – its time to hit the races once again.
All those flutes of Champagne and delicious canapés can come at a price, though, and we’re not just talking about your wallet.
But tips for staying healthy during a fun-filled day are simpler than you think, making a day at the races still plenty of fun without ruining your efforts for a summer bod.
A day at the races means plenty of Champagne, cocktails, and fun – and Australian dietitian Chloe McLeod has tips to keeping healthy during that long day in the sun (pictured Bec Judd)
Before you go off for a day at the races, Chloe advises having a big healthy breakfast, with plenty of protein, to keep you feeling full throughout the day
A salad with chicken or quinoa is also a great option if you’re leaving a little closer to lunchtime
One of the most important things you can do before spring carnival is plan ahead, dietitian Chloe McLeod told Body+Soul.
Chloe advises skipping pre-drinks and saving the champagne for the day ahead, and focusing on having a filling breakfast or lunch instead.
‘Given that there is often few healthy options available at the track, [choose] something that will keep you feeling satisfied for much of the day,’ she said.
This means something rich with protein and healthy carbs, like a vegetable omelette with sourdough or a salad with chicken and quinoa for lunch.
With that spring sun beating down on you all day, it’s also beneficial to eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids – like salmon and walnuts – to help keep you hydrated.
But a healthy meal at home doesn’t mean you should completely skip having a snack while at the track, especially if you plan to drink a lot.
She also suggests checking to see if the track will allow you to bring a picnic hamper, giving you the chance to prepare and pack your own healthy snacks
Chloe recommends skipping the sausage rolls and chips and instead selecting something like sushi or wraps to keep you going.
She also suggests checking to see if the track will allow you to bring a picnic hamper, giving you the chance to prepare and pack your own healthy snacks.
‘Veggie sticks, crackers, cheese, meat, hummus, guacamole, mini quiche, and finger sandwiches all work well and can be enjoyed throughout the day with friends,’ she said.
The most important thing you can do that day is to drink water throughout the day, which Chloe said will not only help you in the moment but the day after as well.
‘Drinking enough water…particularly on a day when alcohol is involved will ensure you feel less inebriation, better recovery the day after, and helps keep your body healthier throughout the day,’ she said.
Chloe advises alternating each glass of champagne with a glass of water, and checking to make sure your urine is pale yellow or colourless in the bathroom.
The most important thing you can do that day is to drink water throughout the day, which Chloe said will not only help you in the moment but the day after as well
Nutritionist and health coach Nikki Ostrower warns that dehydration is not only dangerous for your health, but can also lead to water weight gain and slow metabolism.
Nikki suggests adding a pinch of sea salt to water to create an ‘all-natural Gatorade’.
The natural sea salt contains more than 80 minerals and nutrients, including magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron, and zinc – all essential for a healthy body.
Keeping yourself in-check internally is important, but don’t forget to protect your skin and hair as well.
The sun tends to dry out our skin and hair, which can lead to breakouts on our faces and split ends and breakages in our locks.
Along with the obvious sunscreen, Nikki also recommends eating blueberries.
The fruit are not only a refreshing snack, but have SPF qualities that can protect against the sun’s harmful UV rays.