10 Summer Favorites Made Lighter
Try these guilt-less versions of beloved warm-weather foods
The trick here is dressing your salad with a light vinaigrette or a light
creamy dressing. You can easily get away with using a light bottled dressing
from the supermarket.
You can also perk up your pasta salad with nutritious veggies like broccoli
florets, baby carrots, fresh spinach or basil, artichoke hearts, fresh
tomatoes, etc., instead of high fat-foods like sausage or regular cheese.
Check out our recipes for Mediterranean pasta salad, seafood pasta salad,
insalata caprese, and pesto pasta salad.
The bad news is that ribs can be pretty fatty pieces of meat. The good news
is that you have to work hard to eat a small amount of meat.
The key is to eat a small portion of ribs, and balance it by serving a
healthy portion of fruit and green salad alongside. Avoid eating any visible
fat, and use a sauce or rub that doesn't pile on any additional fat. One recipe
I saw called for 4 tablespoons of butter in the sauce, to serve 8. That's an
extra 1 1/2 teaspoons of butter to an already fatty meat!
Check out our spicy grilling rub and peachy tomato grilling sauce recipes
for some inspiration.
If you want to go the extra mile, buy "boneless ribs" (this might be
called something else at your local butcher shop). Whatever the name, it's a
leaner cut of meat that is cut into strips and can be prepared much like beef
There's nothing wrong with peaches -- bring 'em on! It's what we do to these
naturally sweet tree fruits that can be a problem. Instead of peach pie or
peach crisp a la mode, serve your peaches over a small scoop of light ice cream
with a sprinkling of ground cinnamon. That will save you tons of calories and
Ice Cream Everything
Choices abound in the frozen dairy aisle these days. My advice is to find a
"light" flavor you like with no more than 4 to 5 grams of fat per 1/2
cup serving. Compare the calories per serving among different types to make
sure your treat isn't higher in sugar to compensate for having less fat.
A good-tasting light ice cream that isn't excessively high in sugar will
usually have around 100 calories per 1/2 cup serving. One of my favorites is
Breyer's Light Vanilla, which I use in smoothies and serve with fresh fruit. It
has 3.5 grams of fat and 100 calories per half-cup serving.
The other part of enjoying ice cream the healthy way is to keep your serving
to 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup. Use your 1/2 or 3/4 cup measure to scoop out the ice
cream. You're more likely to be happy with that amount if you serve your ice
cream with some fresh fruit!