- Use Sprays (extra virgin olive oil, salad dressing, vinegars)
Spraying your food with ridiculously low calorie flavored sprays allows you to get the flavor at a fraction of the calorie cost of salad dressing and oils. My favorite sweet and crunchy snack—pop up some air-popped popcorn (a whole grain and fiber goldmine) and spray with butter spray adding a touch of Splenda brown sugar blend.
- 2. Eat beets
At a mere 37 calories for a half a cup—this is one purple veggie that should be on your summer grill. Beets are a highly nutritious and heart-healthy root vegetable—an excellent source of folic acid and vitamin C. Don’t forget the beet greens (tops), they contain several times more carotenoids, flavonoids and vitamin A than the root.
- Drink water over energy and sports drinks. A new study just came out implicating daily use of energy and sports drinks with irreversible tooth damage to enamel, especially in adolescents. (Frequent use of energy drinks caused more damage to teeth than sports drinks, sports drinks were also shown to damage teeth.) This is due to the highly acidic nature of these liquids.
- 4. Preserve your memory—eat blueberries and strawberries.
Its summer, time to take advantage of those gorgeous berries! Not only do they taste great but they are good for the brain. A recent study of over 120,000 women who had memory and cognitive functions assessed every two years for 10 years found that those who ate strawberries and or blueberries at least twice a week had the best memory preservation.