The summer often entails various family get-togethers, such as: barbeques, baseball games, and pool parties. The main attraction during these get-togethers is the food. Some of the most popular of these include: hamburgers, hot dogs, cheeseburgers, ribs, steak, potato salad, ice cream, cocktails and beer. Although these foods are delicious, they can also pack quite the calories punch. In this article I will provide the reader with low calorie summer food alternatives.

Since some of the most popular meats are high in fat (such as burgers, steaks, ribs, and hot dogs), try replacing them with non-fat meats. Several excellent choices include lean cuts of pork tenderloin, skinless chicken breast and lean ground beef. Let’s face, it doesn’t matter what type of meat you prepare, even lean chicken will taste delicious because it’s right off the grill.
The second summer favorite is mayonnaise based salads. Potato salad and coleslaw are the two most popular choices. However, just half of a cup of potato salad can have 180 calories. If you want to eliminate some of those unnecessary calories, you can try mixing your salads with light mayonnaise, low fat yogurt, or light sour cream. You can also opt for a traditional lettuce salad with just a touch of vinegar and olive oil.
Skip the frozen drinks. Did you know that a Long Island ice tea can have over 520 calories! If you knew this and you still continue to drink them, you should reevaluate your beverage menu. Instead of these calorie laden concoctions, try wine, wine spritzer, or a non alcoholic splash of seltzer water and fruit juice.

So if you are currently trying to lose weight, be sure to make some of these changes in your summer menu. If you have a difficult time saying no to various foods, try appetite suppressing hoodia. Various herbal remedies can help you control your appetite naturally.

Susan Smith writes health articles about fitness and nutrition. Some of her favorite passions include writing about natural sleep aids.

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