Summertime and the eating is easy

You can enjoy all the cookouts and picnics the season brings, without the guilt of gaining weight.

By Koren Wetmore |

Summertime’s here and with it comes picnics and barbecues filled with high-fat, calorie-charged foods such as hamburgers and potato salad. But don’t cancel your social invitations just yet. The season also brings a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables that, combined with mindful eating, offer delicious outdoor dining alternatives that boost your nutrition, not your waistline.

“Meals are a social event, they’re not supposed to be a punishment,” says licensed nutritionist Ann Yelmokas McDermott, Ph.D., a research scientist with the USDA Nutrition Research Center at Tufts University in Boston. “You should be able to have a huge amount of food, if you plan for success.”

The following tips will help you enjoy summertime dieting at its best…

Published in Women’s Health & Fitness