5 Summer Diet Blunders
Do your favorite summer treats pack a wallop in fat and calories? Here's how to lighten them up.
Summer Diet Blunder 4: Frothy Coffee Drinks
Those frosty coffee drinks like frappuccinos seem like a great summertime
treat, right? After all, most of us need our caffeine fix.
Brace yourself. "They can run 300 to 700 calories," says Sandon.
Especially if you believe that the bigger the coffee, the better. Case in
point: Starbucks Orange Mocha Frappuccino Blended Coffee, promoted as a great
way to start your summer day (especially when paired with reduced-fat Orange
Crème Coffee Cake). But if you order their "Venti" size (24 oz), it's
520 calories and 16 grams of fat. Add another 320 calories and 8 grams of fat
if you succumb to the coffee cake.
Summer Diet Fix
But there are tasty, lower-calorie, and lower-fat -- or even nonfat --
alternatives, Sandon says. Starbucks points those conscious of summer diets to
other choices. A 16-oz. Starbucks latte made with nonfat milk delivers no fat
and just 160 calories. At any coffee house, Sandon says, you can order a
latte with skim or nonfat milk.
Summer Diet Blunder 5: Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt
It's 95 degrees in the shade, and you need ice cream now. But not just any
ice cream will do. You're thinking a 4-oz scoop of Baskin-Robbins Baseball Nut
ice cream. That'll hit it out of the park, with 270 calories and 14 grams of
Summer Diet Fix
"You have to pick nonfat or low-fat yogurt to get any kind of decent
calorie savings over ice cream," Sandon says. Switch to a 4-oz scoop of
vanilla nonfat yogurt - though probably not as much fun - for 150 calories with
0 grams fat. Another option: "Try a fruit-flavored frozen treat,"
Sandon says. A fruit-flavored treat on a stick, she says, has about 60
If you simply must have real ice cream, turn to the more virtuous - but
still tasty - varieties, says Elaine Magee, RD, MPH, a nutrition expert for
WebMD. The good news is that you can now find almost any flavor you might
desire in a low-fat version. And the better news: Many of these 'light' ice
cream brands are great-tasting.