4 Healthy Summer Foods That Aren't

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4 Healthy Summer Foods That Aren't

Think you're ordering the bikini-friendly option? Some seemingly light and healthy summer foods end up packing more fat than a burger! But these diet tips can help you steer clear of summer food train wrecks. Most of these summer food offenders don't have to be—our diet tips help you clean them up and even end the summer a smaller size than you started.

Healthy Fake-Out #1: Lobster
Lobster is to summer what butter is to lobster; a must. One lobster tail contains about 200 calories and 3 grams of fat. Not bad. But dip it in a 1/4 cup of butter and you're now looking at 600 calories and 47 grams of fat.
Slim-it-down diet tips:
•Use lemon juice. Squeeze a lemon on top to add moisture and flavor.
•Drizzle! If you go for butter, just drizzle 2 tablespoons over the top rather then saturating every bite. Saves you 200 calories and 22 grams of fat.
•Flavor the cooking water. When boiling your own lobster, add wine, vegetables, and herbs for more flavorful meat. The cooking liquid can also be reduced into a dipping sauce to eliminate butter altogether.
•Try shrimp instead. 10 medium shrimp cost just 60 calories and 0 grams of fat. Dip them in 1/4 cup of cocktail sauce—it will get you just 100 calories and no fat.

RECIPE: Quinoa Salad with Shrimp

Healthy Fake-Out #2: Honey Mustard
Summer is a great time for grab-and-go sandwiches, and while most mustards are pretty healthy—bearing 9 calories and 0.6 grams of fat per tablespoon—honey mustard is the exception. Two tablespoons pack 130 calories, 11 grams of fat, 6 grams of sugar, and often contain high fructose corn syrup.
Slim-it-down diet tips:
•Make your own honey mustard. Use 1 to 2 tablespoons yellow mustard and about 1/2 a tablespoon of honey. That nets just 43 calories and less than 1 gram of fat.
•Spice it up. Substitute Dijon or spicy brown mustard. You'll get a huge amount of flavor for just 9 calories a tablespoon.
•Add fruit, such as apple slices, to naturally sweeten your sandwich. Saves you more than 100 calories and 10 grams of fat.

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