Summer is the season of indulgence. Diets seem to go out the window and instead meals are comprised of hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream, soda, etc. However, there is a better way to indulge in your favorite foods and still maintain your health.
Skip the soda, grab a fruit shake- Many delicious fruits are ripen in the summer so try a heart-healthy fruit shake instead of a high-calorie, sugary soda. Your body and taste buds will thank you.
Trade in the bread for a salad- Salad is a great meal complement as it is rich in vitamins and minerals while excess bread will pack on the extra pounds. It’s a great way to mix up your diet and increase your metabolism.
Try frozen yogurt instead of ice cream- Many types of ice cream are high in calories and fat while frozen yogurt offers the same benefits of ice cream with a low fat and calorie content. Yogurt also contains enzymes that assist in breaking down dairy so those who are lactose can still enjoy frozen yogurt.
Give Tofu a shot- Hotdogs and hamburgers are a summer favorite but you don’t need to compromise your health to enjoy some barbeque. Tofu dogs are a great alternative as they contains 45 calories and 1 gram of fat compared to Turkey dogs with 70 calories and 5 grams of fat.
Add Some Grain to Your Buns- Instead of using a regular hamburger bun; opt for a wholegrain or whole wheat bun. Whole grain buns have high levels of dietary fiber which increases the amount of nutrients absorbed into the body in addition to creating the feeling of fullness.
Incorporating these healthy alternatives into your regular summertime diet can increase the nutritional benefits and keep the weight from piling on. All these alternatives provide high levels of dietary fiber, vitamins, essential minerals, and most importantly they still taste great!