Best Summer Foods For Weight Loss
Sweet, ripe produce straight from the garden. Childhood favorites at the State Fair. Barbecue staples at cookouts. With the abundance of food and social events, it can be tough to keep your calories in check during the summer. We break it down with calorie counts and call out the best and worst foods for your waistline when it comes to typical summer fare.
The traditional cookout and barbecue menu is loaded with fat, and fat has twice the calories of other energy-producing nutrients. Fat is “marbled” throughout the meat, even, we don’t even see it, and fat forms the basis of many a side-salad and dessert. (By now, everyone knows that mayonnaise and cream are primarily fat.) By switching from high-fat to low-fat meats, salads and desserts, you can prepare a complete and appealing meal without breaking the calorie budget - and that can make the difference between losing weight or not. Note: meats shown here are in 6-ounce portions, although 3 to 5 ounces is enough for many people - for the whole day!
Grilled rib eye steak, 6 oz: 500 calories
Spare ribs, 6 oz: 435 calories
Italian sausage, 6 oz: 570 calories
Cheeseburger, 4 oz burger: 850 calories
Potato salad with mayo (and scant vegetables), 1 cup: 358 calories
Macaroni salad, 1 cup: 585 calories
Peach pie and ice cream, one wedge and ½ cup: 400 calories
Grilled tuna, 6 oz: 312 calories (with heart-healthy fat)
Shrimp skewers, 6 oz: 120 calories
Chicken breast kabobs, 6 oz: 190 calories
Tossed salad with oil and vinegar dressing, 10 oz: 168 calories
Green Bean Salad with Corn, Basil & Black Olives, 1 cup: 140 calories
Summer Fruit Parfait, 1 cup: 200 calories
Melon with Basil-Mint Granita, 1 wedge and ½ cup: 100 calories
Watermelon, one large wedge: 86 calories
Make Smarter Choices
Sure, you're going to indulge or may need a treat to cool off this summer. Junk food is not really food. It is simply junk. And some of those frosty drinks everyone carries around? Full of cream and sugar and more calories than you should have in a meal. Instead make smarter choices.
Starbucks Mint Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino® blended creme with Chocolate Whipped Cream, 16 oz: 400 calories
Dunkin' Donuts Vanilla Bean Coolatta, 16oz: 440 calories
Funnel Cake, 5oz: 500 calories
Soft serve, regular, ice cream, 4oz: 200 calories
Starbucks Iced Caffe Latte, 16 oz: 87 calories
Kettle Corn, 4 cups: 300 calories (with fiber)
Soft serve, light, ice cream, 4oz: 100 calories
Snow cone, 7oz: 30 calories
How will you enjoy barbecues and summer activites without breaking the calorie bank?