The 10 Most Fattening Foods of Summer
These summertime treats can wreak havoc on your diet.
5. Thirst Quenchers
When you're hot, you need to stay hydrated. But watch what you choose to quench your thirst. If you're drinking 12-ounce containers of beer, sweetened soda, sweet tea, energy drinks, or juice drinks, you're probably taking in about 150 calories a pop.
Smoothies, milkshakes, and cold coffee concoctions can go much higher. A Smoothie King 20-oz. vanilla shake has 670 calories, but if you choose the Slim-N-trim vanilla smoothie, you'll cut the calories to 253. Starbucks' 2% iced peppermint white chocolate mocha with whip packs 520 calories and 20 grams of fat in a 16-oz. serving, but you can indulge in a 16-oz. iced coffee with skim milk for only 90 calories.
To keep liquid calories in check, choose lite or diet versions of your favorite cold drink, or limit your portions of the regular type and satisfy your thirst with ice-cold water. You can jazz up water, sparkling water, or unsweetened tea with a sprig of mint, wedge of citrus, or splash of 100% fruit juice.
6. Frozen Treats
A cup of soft-serve ice cream can have 380 calories and 22 grams of fat. Make it a Dairy Queen medium cookie dough blizzard and the calories soar to 10200, with 40 grams of fat! Baskin Robbins' two-scoop vanilla and peanut butter 'n' chocolate on a sugar cone has 415 calories and 23.5 grams of fat. And one cup of Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey in a waffle cone has 740 calories and 40 grams of fat.
Krieger suggests reading the labels on frozen desserts and choosing sorbet, sherbet, light ice cream, fudge bars, fruit bars, or other treats under 150 calories per serving. Another great option is fruit desserts like strawberry shortcake (1 cup strawberries, a slice of angel food cake, and 1 oz. of low-fat whipped topping is nutritious and only 184 calories).
7. Fair, Carnival, and Boardwalk Food
State fairs, carnivals, and seashore boardwalks serve some of the most fattening deep-fried diet disasters. From fried cheesecake (around 500 calories), fried macaroni and cheese (610 calories) to gigantic turkey legs (1,136 calories and 54 grams of fat), most eat-while-you-walk foods will give you calorie overload. Skip the fried foods and choose cotton candy, caramel apples, or a simple grilled meat.
8. Salad Toppers
A salad can be the perfect no-cook summer dinner, light, refreshing, and a perfect way to get your produce and lean protein. But if you top your salad with high-calorie items, it can go from lean to fattening in a hurry.
High-calorie dressings, fried chicken strips, bacon, cheese, and croutons are among the biggest offenders. An ounce of croutons (142 calories, 6 grams of fat), 3 strips of crumbled bacon (124 calories, 9 grams of fat), half a cup of cheese (228 calories, 18 grams of fat), 3 crispy fried chicken strips (350 calories, 19 grams of fat) and a pouch of creamy Caesar dressing (260 calories, 26 grams of fat) and your salad weighs in at 1,129 calories and 78 grams of fat.
Instead, top your greens with grilled chicken, strips of lean meat, or eggs, then pile on the veggies -- from tomatoes to beans to jicama. Finish it off with a small amount of regular or low-fat cheese and a little light vinaigrette dressing for a light but filling summer salad.