Staying Slim This Summer
Summertime foods may be mouthwatering and delicious, but healthy? Not so much. Hamburgers and hotdogs, chips and dip, and ice cream and pie can all be found at the barbeques and cookouts of this season. If it seems like eating healthy during the summer is difficult, think again. Here are some foods that will make eating right this summer a (healthier) piece of cake.
When Pittsburgh hits the 90°F mark this summer (and it surely will), everyone will want a quick and easy dinner after the afternoon’s heat. Salads are usually considered a “diet” food due to the low-calorie ingredients involved, but the versatility of this dish is what makes it the perfect summer dish. “I love salads, especially the Caesar salad from Panera Bread,” says junior Cyrille Froncek. Adding vegetables like cucumbers, peppers, and onions with different meats and cheeses can create a really flavorful salad for a filling meal. Lighter summer salads can also be made with fruit, seafood, and salsa to keep the calorie count down.
To change up your menu this summer, try some fish as a lighter alternative to meat. Full of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, fish is popular in the summer as it can easily be grilled and then eaten with a variety of side dishes. One interesting twist on a fish dish is to top it off with a classic summer mango salsa. Since the flavor of fish can be quite bland at times, adding extra seasoning or side dishes to fish is the best way to keep the dish fresh and new.
While salads and fish cover some main meal ideas, sweet, cold treats are always on the mind of many who want to cool off during their summer vacation. “Ice cream’s always good in the summer,” says sophomore Matt Fidel. While there is nothing like a scoop of ice cream on a scorching hot day, popsicles are a simple, healthy substitution. Available in nearly every flavor imaginable, these yummy summer treats can vary from the original Popsicle brand to even healthier fruit bar alternatives.
Fruit bar popsicles aren’t the only way to get the right amount of fruit servings into a summer diet. Summer is a great time to reach for an apple or a banana, since most fruits are in season at this time of the year. Mangos, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries are also popular options, and the list is truly is endless. Fruit is an easy on-the-go snack, but fruits can also be chopped and mixed for a colorful fruit salad for dessert.
Eating right during summer really can be simple and easy. By trying out these healthy alternatives, you can stay healthy and happy, and still have a great variety of food all summer long.