Summer usually means lots of going out and enjoying some sun. But it also can mean lots of going out – to eat. So with that hot weather be sure you’re still able to get some healthy grub in there, no matter where you are this summer!
Here’s a few of tricky-eating summer scenarios and your better food options:
One jumbo hot dog can set you back 750 calories – now that’s a jumbo number! So you may just want to stick to the regular size dog if you must have one since it’s much more reasonable at 280 calories – that’s even with mustard, ketchup, relish and a bun!
The County Fair
What you’ll see: Fried food and lots of it is a hit at county fairs. Fried dough, fried twinkies, fried cheesecakes, fried candy bars… you get the idea. Stick to foods not fried in fat like corn on the cob (hold the butter) or even if there’s a BBQ on the grill. Who knows, you may even be able to find fruit. Even a caramel apple is better than all of that fried food.
Mmm Mmm funnel cakes… well not so much. One 8.3 oz powdered sugar funnel cake is a whopping 658 calories! Instead go for a smaller serving of cotton candy that’s 150 calories for 1.5 oz.
The Amusement Park
You get very hot in the sun all day with all those rides. Instead of grabbing a thirst-quenching lemonade – take advantage of your thirst by going for ice cold water—it’s a lot easier to be encouraged to drink ice-cold water when your hot! Water is obviously a lot less calories than a 250 calorie lemonade drink—and those are calories you’ll be happy that you saved if you indulge in some of the food at the park!
Next time you have some fun outside this summer, still be conscious of your waistline and know there is always a healthier option out there – you just have to find it! Remember, it’s never a bad idea to have a healthy snack with you—like veggies (baby carrots and sugar snap peas are great) with some hummus or an apple with nut butter.