In the community where I live, an ice cream vendor drives his daily circuit through the neighborhood multiple times. He cruises my block about four times per day, and I assume he does the same along the other streets. He is frequently called to halt by both children and adults. They make their purchases and then, with much enthusiasm, gobble them in the heat of midday or the early cool of approaching evening.
I also have easy access to East coast shore areas. There are quite a few from Florida to Maine, and many have boardwalks and the array of vendors that accompany boardwalks. They sell funnel cakes, cheesesteaks, deep-fried this and deep-fried that.
The point is that summer is alive with temptation. Ruinous foods abound and, even if I keep to the confines of my home, an ice cream vendor will drive the stuff to my door complete with bells and childhood melodies to let me know he is there.
I imagine I could have myself buried beneath the ground with a ventilator until Fall when it is safe to come out again, but that seems a bit extreme. Instead, I have elected to eat healthy and enjoyable foods throughout the summer.
Healthy Eating From the Grill
Summer means barbeque.
Picnics and cookouts are traditional summer favorites. Cooking on the grill is excellent for reducing calories and enhancing the flavor of selected foods. Grilled meats also drip off fats and oils and makes cooking on the grill healthier than oven baked or pan fried options.
Lean cuts of meat should be the choice for grilling as well as skinless chicken breasts. Salmon, trout and herring are good fish options and are high in omega-3 fatty acids.
Meats that are tenderized in low fat marinades will have additional flavor.
Grilled fruits and vegetable are also excellent choices. Kabobs that include peppers, small tomatoes, onions, summer squash, mangoes, pineapples and peaches will be enjoyed by everyone.
When grilling, barbecue smaller portions so that serving sizes are reasonable but not extreme. Food portion sizes have doubled in the last decades, and many if not most people eat serving sizes that are not healthy for them.
Healthy Summer Foods for Weight Loss
The best foods for summer weight loss are light foods that will keep you out of the hot kitchen. Seasonal produce is abundant in the Summer and this bounty should be taken advantage of.
Chilled soups such as gazpacho or cucumber-dill are rich in vegetables and great meal starters. Low-calorie, broth-based soups help to fill a person up so that she will eat less at the meal sitting. Bariatric patients should consume soups in lieu of their water loading before the meal. Do not have soup with your meal.
Watermelon is another summer favorite. A full half of the fruit is water, and it is an excellent choice to satisfy both thirst and the want for something sweet.
Salads are quick, easy and healthy. Flavoring the salad with garden herbs can cut down on the need for so much dressing.
Low-cal and no-cal beverages as well as fruit based deserts are also good additions to your summer fare.
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Published On: July 04, 2012