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Best and Worst Summer Foods

Best and Worst Summer Foods

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Summer is here, are you ready to have fun! well that’s not it all

kids gain weight three times faster over summer than they do the rest of the school year, thanks to a steady diet of junk food and video games.

Here are some food choices that we need to know if they are good or bad for us.

Worst: Ice cream sandwich

this treat usually packs nearly 500 calories and gets a whopping 60% of its melt-in-your mouth flavor from saturated fat.

A better idea: Make your own ice cream sandwiches using lower-fat sorbet.

Best: Corn on the cob

Corn on the cob without butter or salt is a high-fiber, low-calorie food. Tip: choose the yellow variety over the white kind for added vitamin A.

Worst: Corn dogs

Anything deep-fried is usually best to avoid, but this snack is in its own category, packing about 20 grams of fat and loads of sodium.

Best: Watermelon

True to its name, watermelon is over 90% water. It’s also an even better source of cancer-fighting lycopene than raw tomatoes.

Worst: loamet kady (Fried dough)

Deep-fried flour, butter, shortening, and sugar may sound like something you can get away with once or twice a year, but keep in mind that fried and battered foods are among the worst sources of trans fat. While trans fat can be tasty, it raises bad cholesterol, lowers the good kind, and can increase inflammation in your body.

Best: Fresh iced tea

Tea has zero calories, loads of antioxidants, and may even help you lose weight. To get the nutritional benefits of tea, you really need to make it yourself and not go for the bottled variety.

WORST: Fried clams

One 3/4 cup serving of this fried seafood packs nearly 500 calories and a whopping 26 grams of fat. A better bet is to eat them cooked but not deep-fried.

Best: Fruit salad

Summer is peak season for colorful fruits, just enjoy fruit!

Worst: Onion rings

once onions are dipped in flour and eggs, thrown into a deep fryer, then salted, the outcome is a diet disaster.

A much better idea: Coat sliced onions with egg whites and a mixture of grated Parmesan cheese, whole-wheat flour, and panko breadcrumbs. Spritz with cooking spray and bake in a 450 degree oven for about 15 minutes.

Best: Grilled chicken (sheesh kabab)

When you add veggies (like zucchini, bell peppers, and squash) to your grilled chicken , you’ll add delicious, summery flavors and loads of antioxidants.

Best: Zucchini

zucchini is the perfect summer veggie. At only 20 calories per cup, it has zero fat and cholesterol, and 35% of your daily-recommended intake of vitamin C.

Best: Shrimp

shrimp are a high-protein and low-calorie way to get energized. They provide about 14% of your daily-recommended iron intake, and a 3.5 ounce serving is less than 100 calories. We love topping them on salads, eating them plain, or grilling them like in this tasty.


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