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Fresh, healthy takes on summer food favorites

Fresh, healthy takes on summer food favorites

Posted: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 8:01 pm

WCP 8.10.10 Nothing says summer like backyard barbecues or hot dogs at a ball game, but these popular seasonal foods can pack on the pounds. How can you still enjoy the tastes of summer?
Lighten up meats – Roasts and hamburgers can be particularly high in fat. Fried chicken is a real culprit too. Start with lead ground beef for hamburgers and add moisture by blending pureed fruits or vegetables into the ground meat before cooking.
Toss better salads – Use light vinaigrette in potato or macaroni salads or add diced vegetables. If you must use a creamy base, choose low-fat mayonnaise, yogurt or sour cream. With tossed salads, skip the croutons, bacon and cheese. Try grilled chicken, sliced egg, beans or jicama instead, and top with low-calorie dressing.
Dish out delightful desserts – A cup of soft-serve ice cream can tack on 300 calories and 20 grams of fat to your meal. Low-fat frozen treats are just as satisfying. Try sorbet, light ice cream or fruit bars, or shortcake or angel-food cake made with fresh berries and low-fat whipped topping.

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