Summer is here and that means hot days, warm night, and cool treats. It’s also means fresh garden fare, barbeques, and a desire to avoid the oven. Here, Marla Ahlgrimm offers a quick rundown on what foods to keep to a minimum and which to enjoy as much as possible while Mother Nature is in a giving mood:
Ice cream is an iconic afternoon snack during the summer. But it can also derail your diet and damage your teeth. Marla Ahlgrimm says it’s okay to indulge every once in a while but try swapping the majority of your dairy-based desserts with fresh, frozen fruit pops. Simply puree your favorite fruits and freeze onto fun shapes or on popsicle molds.
If you plan to visit as many state and county fairs as possible this summer, you know how hard it is to resist the call of the food. Funnel cakes, fried Oreos, and corn dogs are a must at least once but look for less tummy-trouble-causing foods such as corn on the cob and chicken kabobs. Marla Ahlgrimm says to ask for these plain – no salt or butter.
From the sea
Marla Ahlgrimm enjoys a good crab salad or lobster roll as much as the next person but says even foods typically considered healthy can wear a disguise. If you’re intent on sampling seaside foods this summer, stick with grilled grouper or other items that don’t need butter to make them better.
As much as our inner child wants nothing more than an ice-cream sandwich and hot dog at a summer cookout, as adults, we often turn to cocktails to satisfy our sweet tooth and beat the heat. Avoid daiquiris, which can have as many calories as a loaded double cheeseburger. Instead, opt for lower calories adult beverages, such as a lemon drop made with vodka and light lemonade.