20 Guilt-Free Splurges
Enjoy these cooling summer treats and still fit into your bikini.
By Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD/LD
Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD
There's nothing like sitting back under a fan or shade tree, sipping a refreshing drink or eating an ice-cold frozen treat during the "dog days" of summer. Cold drinks and frozen desserts are a rite of passage during those long, hot days when kids are on vacation, schedules are relaxed, and the living is easy.
Of course, it's not so relaxing to think about how much sugar, fat, and calories can be found in some of those cooling treats. The good news, says Bonnie Taub Dix, RD, is that you can enjoy cold treats that will also keep you "feeling light and looking good in your shorts, bathing suits, and skimpier, stay-cool clothing."
A prime example is water. What could be more refreshing than an ice-cold glass of water, flavored with a wedge of lemon, a sprig of mint, a splash of cranberry juice, or a slice of cucumber? Water hydrates better than any other beverage, and it's calorie-free!
But let's be realistic. Water won't cut it when what you really need is a treat.
"Everyone is half on vacation during the summer and part of that mentality is the urge to splurge," says Ellie Krieger, host of the Food Network's Healthy Appetite. "There is nothing wrong with the vacation mentality; the trick is to do it in a healthier way."
Her advice: Enjoy nature's bounty, such as the naturally delicious and super-nutritious fruits that are everywhere this time of year. If you take the time to really savor it, a fresh, ripe piece of fruit can feel as decadent as a piece of cake.
If you need something cold and creamy, Kreiger suggests freezing yogurt tubes or trying one of the double-churned ice creams that have a third less fat and half the calories of super-premium ice cream. If you simply must have super-premium ice cream, follow Kreiger's tactics: "Don't keep it in the house. Instead, take a walk, get the small or kid-sized scoop, and savor every bite."Here are 20 more refreshing (and guilt-free!) treats you can have for under 100 calories:
Published August 11, 2006.
SOURCES: Ellie Kreiger, MS, RD, author, Small Changes, Big Results; host, Healthy Appetite, the Food Network. Bonnie Taub Dix, MA, RD, spokeswomaon, American Dietetic Association.
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