Once again, we find ourselves in the thick of summer and surrounded by a slew of food advertisements. These advertisements are capitalizing on the heat by promoting their treats designed specifically to cool us down, and as the temperature rises, so do our appetites. It can be hard to resist the alluring appearance of an ice cold milkshake and other frozen treats, especially when we find ourselves desperate for something to cool us down and replenish our waning supply of energy and electrolytes. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid the temptations and cool off at the same time.
Summer is the time for backyard barbecues and outdoor congregations. Because these events are centered around food, you will find yourself surrounded by tantalizing treats at every turn. Whether you're greeting guests at the door or heading to the buffet table, there is no avoiding it: delicious concoctions will pass under your nose everywhere you go. It can be tempting to splurge on homemade cheesecake or ice cold potato salad, especially when it's already made and placed right in front of you. Thankfully, most of these events have one or two health-conscious party-goers that bring healthier alternatives. Before you load up on the first tasty dish you find, scour the contents of the table at least once before making your selection. Chances are, you'll find something tasty that will also fill you up, which makes you less susceptible to over-indulging in tempting foods.
Plan all your meals, including snacks, ahead of time. Setting goals for yourself will help keep you from spur-of-the-moment splurges. Instead of indulging in an ice cold pop to quench your thirst, try to keep your fridge stocked with plenty of low calorie drinks. Diet pop, one hundred percent juice, skim milk, and unsweetened tea are all good alternatives. You can also doctor up your water to give yourself more incentive to drink it instead of other beverages. Lemon wedges, lime, melon slices, orange slices, and berries are all great choices. Adding any of these to a glass of ice water will make it that much more refreshing. Staying properly hydrated will also help curb your appetite.
Another thing you can do to combat temptation is to pack your own snacks. During the summer months, you will find more vendors and stands selling high-calorie snacks than you will during the rest of the year. Passing one of these by could be a challenge, but if you already have snacks with you, you have less incentive to give in and buy something. Granola bars, crackers, low-fat crisps, trail mix, and whole fruits are good options since they are very durable and non-perishable. If you have a cooler, you can keep some vegetables chilled with a jar of low-fat dipping sauce or a low-calorie cream cheese spread. Get creative with what you have. You would be surprised at what you can do with just a few ingredients.
Another common summer temptation is alcohol. It can be very hard to pass up a cold beer or a margarita when you're out on the town with friends, especially in the evening heat. Instead of opting for one of these high-calorie beverages, go for a diet pop or iced tea. Many places that serve alcohol offer fountain drinks free of charge to the designated driver of the group, so if you find yourself at one of these places, take them up on it. You will save money as well as your waistline. Getting through the summer heat in one piece can be difficult, but avoiding food and beverage temptations will go a long way in helping you feel that much better.