Keeping summer fun healthy

Ice cream, hotdogs, potato chips, and icy drinks! Besides the holiday season, summer is a time of year when healthy food choices can get put on hold.

Dogs and fries

Dogs and fries

For those of you who are conscious of your diet all year round and want to maintain healthy choices even while on holiday or a family vacation, you may find some of the food facts below quite shocking.

At the Ball Park:

Your best bet: A six-inch veggie sub from Subway or Mr. Sub – 220 calories, only 3 grams of fat, and not a lot of sodium.

What not to eat: The all-beef hot dog with a side of potato chips. Although this combo is a staple at the ball park, its large size can easily run you over 740 calories, 39 grams of fat and 1,373mg sodium – which incidentally is almost your entire day’s worth of sodium!

At the Ice-Cream Parlor:

Let’s say the kids (or you) want to go to Dairy Queen; what do you choose?

Your best bets:

  • The fudge bar (45 calories, zero grams of fat and very little sugar)
  • Small frozen yogurt (between 110 and 140 calories)
  • Small soft-serve ice cream (220 calories).

What not to eat: The large chocolate extreme blizzard (1,450 calories, 43 teaspoons of sugar, 800mg of sodium and a hefty dose of trans fat). This is the sugar, fat, and calorie content equivalent of eating seven chocolate-dipped donuts!

At the Amusement Park:

Your best bets:

  • The candy apple (215 calories, 0 grams of fat, and a few grams of fiber)
  • Corn on the cob is also not a bad choice; about 150 calories and a little bit of fat with a small knob of butter.

What not to eat (or at least not every time you’re going):

  • The funnel cake. Depending on your toppings, this sweet-tasting-deep-fried treat can run you as many as 760 calories and 44 grams of fat!
  • The corn dog. Although a popular choice at the amusement park, don’t let its’ size fool you! An amusement park corn dog will run you 460 calories, 19 grams of fat and almost 1000 mg of sodium – which is the calorie equivalent of a quarter-pound fast food burger!

Wherever you end up this summer, these suggestions are meant to help you make the most calorie-wise decisions when it comes to that summer treat. While I do believe that all foods can fit into a healthy diet, I also realise there are a lot of you out there that have worked so hard to get healthier and at the same time want to still partake in all the pleasures of a family vacation. Choose wisely, eat well, and keep active this summer!

An amusement park corn dog will run you 460 calories, 19 grams of fat and almost 1000 mg of sodium – which is the calorie equivalent of a quarter-pound fast food burger!

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