The 10 Most Fattening Foods of Summer
These summertime treats can wreak havoc on your diet.
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.
9. Sweet or Salty Snacks
A handful of any kind of snack won't do much harm, but when you have your hand stuck in the bag or box all day long; it can really sabotage your diet.
Each ounce of potato chips or cheese puffs is roughly 160 calories and 10 grams of fat. Ballpark cheese nachos will set you back 692 calories (plus 38 grams of fat and 1,632 mg sodium); a box of Cracker Jacks packs 420 calories and 7 g fat. And a small 11-cup box of movie theater popcorn has 670 calories, 34 grams of fat, and 550 mg sodium.
Instead, try snacking on fruits, raw veggies with lite dip, or small portions of fat-free popcorn.