If you want to keep your bikini body but don’t want to spend your summer searching for Medifast coupons 2012, it’s time to get serious about low-fat, low-calorie meals. Fortunately, there is a bounty of fresh produce and seafood in the warmer months that will help to keep you slim and trim.
If you want to keep the calories down but don’t want to give up on your favorite barbecue meals, there are a few tricks you can use to cut fat and calories from some of summers traditional dishes.
You don’t have to give up on char-grilled steaks when you’re dieting. The USDA has designated several cuts of steak as extra-lean, including top sirloin and sirloin tip side steak. Grilling is the perfect preparation for these steaks, as the little fat they do contain will drain off during the cooking process.
When you’re planning the main star of the meal, think lean all the way. Pork is a traditional barbecue dish, but many of the cuts, such as pork butt, are high in fat and calories. When in doubt, stick with pork tenderloin — one of the leanest cuts of pork. While you’re thinking lean, also think seafood and chicken — skinless, of course.
Instead of burgers made from beef, go with ground turkey, veggie burgers or portobello mushrooms set on whole wheat buns.
Unfortunately, many of summer’s popular side dishes don’t mesh with a low-calorie diet, but you do have other options. Traditional mayonnaise-based potato salad weighs in at a whopping 358 calories per cup. Serve mayonnaise-free German potato salad instead at only 240 calories per cup.
Instead of baked beans, which are 250 calories per cup, serve a fresh, black-bean salsa at only 99 calories. Use fat-free mayo in your cole slaw, and you will have just saved over 100 calories per serving. Even summer’s favorite veggie, fresh corn on the cob, can be disastrous to your diet, as every pat of butter you add to it adds roughly 100 calories to the 77-calorie ear.
There are plenty of low-calorie sides you can serve, such as fresh salads with fat-free dressing, cucumber salad with some Spanish onion or grilled veggies.