Steer Clear of Summer Calorie Traps

 

Summer eats and drinks don’t have to be a dieter’s downfall. Here are some strategies for avoiding summer’s calorie traps:

Beverages. There’s no doubt you need to drink more fluids in the summer. But reaching for a tall glass of pre-sweetened lemonade or a bottle of flavored iced tea is no calorie bargain. Snapple’s Mint Flavored Tea and Raspberry Flavored Tea, for example, each pack 200 calories per 16-ounce bottle. Instead, reach for calorie-free beverages like seltzer — flavored or not — or brew your own tea, add ice and skip the sugar.

Summer Salads. Standard picnic fare like cole slaw, macaroni salad and potato salad are frequently mired in mayonnaise. Try replacing all or part of the mayo with low-fat yogurt, reduced-fat mayonnaise or reduced-fat salad dressing.

Frozen Treats. You can still lick a frosty cone and pare the calories and fat by choosing from the large selection of sorbets and low-fat and nonfat ice creams now available. Compared to regular or premium ice cream, reduced-fat and fat-free frozen desserts can save you about 100 calories and 15 or more grams of fat per half-cup serving. (See EN, July 1996.)

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