The Calories in Summer Foods
Oh, to be a foodie in summer! Sweet, ripe produce straight from the garden. Childhood favorites at the State Fair. But with abundance comes responsibility, and you are responsible for knowing the calories in your food. If the body is a temple and food is for the spirit, then we are obliged to choose healthy - and tasty - food. And so, let’s consider the calorie counts for typical summer foods.
Fat vs. Lean
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
Cheeseburger, 4 oz burger: 850 calories
Potato salad with mayo (and scant vegetables), 1 cup: 358 calories
Macaroni salad, 1 cup: 585
Peach pie and ice cream, one wedge and ½ cup: 400 calories
Grilled tuna, 6 oz: 312 calories (with "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
Junk vs. Food
What’s worse? A humongous coffee concoction of a deep-fried Snickers? (Who thinks up this stuff?) Junk food is not really food. It is simply junk. Some of those frosty drinks everyone carries around? Full of cream and sugar. And, at the carnival and boardwalk, Rule # 1: Run from the Fry-o-later!
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
Kettle Corn, 4 cups: 300 calories
Soft serve, light, ice cream, 4oz: 100 calories
Snow cone, 7oz: 30 calories
Lemonade, 16oz: 200 calories
Sugar free lemonade, 16oz: 10 calories
What are your most sensible and wacky summer foods?