There's no time like summer for shedding pounds. Consider the inducements: long, warm days that are ideal for exercising al fresco; markets overflowing with fresh, healthy produce; and, of course, that swimsuit that you're rocking at the shore or pool. "Hot weather can also tone down your appetite, making it easier to eat light," says Jackie Newgent, R.D.N., author of 1,000 Low-Calorie Recipes and creator of our three-month plan.
Whether you're on the last lap of the diet or just getting started (Check out month one here.), you'll love these fast, tasty meals, devised with four different types of eaters in mind—gourmet, gluten-free, vegetarian, and on-the-go. Pair them with our Summer SHAPE Up Workouts and you'll be looking good long after the season ends.
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Aim for 360 to 400 calories
Open-Face Mushroom Omelet (pictured)
1 egg and 2 egg whites prepared as open-face omelet in a small skillet (using cooking spray) topped with 1 ½ cups sliced cremini mushrooms sautéed in 1 teaspoon butter, 1 minced scallion, pepper to taste, and 3 tablespoons shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano; ½ toasted whole-grain English muffin topped with 1 teaspoon orange marmalade; 1 cup blackberries; 12 ounces unsweetened iced white tea
Honey-Mustard Ham Steak
3-ounce piece pan-grilled extra-lean ham brushed with 1 teaspoon honey mustard; 1 slice whole-grain gluten-free toast topped with 1 teaspoon butter; ¾ cup lowfat cottage cheese topped with 1 sliced apricot
Raspberry and Chocolate
Granola Yogurt Parfait
1 cup plain lowfat Greek yogurt layered in a beverage glass with 1 cup raspberries and ⅓ cup chocolate granola
McDonald’s Fruit ’N Yogurt Parfait
paired with 2 packs apple slices and a large nonfat McCafé latte with 1 sugar packet