No Guilt Summer Eating
Monday, April 16, 2012
Summer Eating Tips
Boardwalks, amusement parks, and summer carnivals serve some of the most fattening foods imaginable. With cheesesteaks, funnel cake, custard, and pizza at every turn, it’s hard to resist the temptation to indulge. While a few bites of even the most unhealthy food can fit into a healthy diet, there are some options that are worse than others. Here’s how some favorite food choices stack up:
Cheesesteak or Hamburger?
At 670 calories, a hamburger will make a serious dent in your daily calorie intake. A cheesesteak, however, will make a bigger dent with its 850 calories. To kick your blood pressure up a notch, the cheesesteak also provides over 1500 mg sodium – a full day’s worth.
Pizza or Chili Dog?
If you can stick to one slice and skip the meat toppings, pick the pizza. One slice of cheese pizza has 290 calories and 10 grams of fat. That’s far better than a chili dog’s 450 calories and 32 grams of fat – more calories and fat than half a stick of butter. Ouch!
Soft Pretzel or French Fries?
The pretzel wins. Its 340 calories make this an easy choice compared to the 540 calories in the fries. The fries will also set you back about 24 grams of fat, while the pretzel is low fat.
Custard or Fudge?
A regular size cup of custard has 333 calories and a whopping 11 grams of artery-clogging saturated fat – and that’s without any toppings or cone. A 1.5 oz. piece of fudge has 200 calories and 6 grams of saturated fat. Still want the custard? Enjoy the kid size for a 232 calorie bargain.

Fun in the sun is what summer is all about. With a little planning, you can stay on track with healthy no guilt food choices. Before heading to the shore, pack a cooler filled with nutritious snacks your kids will love. Avoid even more temptation by eating a meal at home before leaving on your next summer outing. Your waistline will thank you.

by Heather Sylvester, MA, RD, LDN