Seven Foods to cheat your way to the Perfect Summer Body

Summer is the time of cookouts and BBQ’s, and there always seems to be big temptations in the food department staring us in the face. However, you can eat and enjoy the season while keeping a fit body. People will marvel at how you are always eating and still look fabulous. No need to tell them your secrets! Here are seven foods to cheat your way to the perfect summer body.

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  1. Avocado: This dense fruit is amazingly good for you. Avocados are full of Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids actually reduce belly fat, so keep a few on hand for a quick snack or make a homemade avocado spread to replace mayonnaise on your favorite sandwich.
  2. Greek yogurt: Substitute regular yogurt for Greek yogurt. They have less sugar and more protein as well as probiotics which help the digestive system. Add your own berries or other fruits and forgo the “fruited” versions which have more calories and sugar.
  3. Oatmeal: Oatmeal is a great summer time breakfast. Studies have shown that people who regularly eat breakfast don’t gain as much weight over time. Oatmeal is chock full of fiber and protein. Eating oatmeal for breakfast will help you feel full and satisfied.
  4. Eggs: Contrary to everything we have been told, eggs are not bad for you! Eggs are full of protein and help us build muscle and burn fat. In moderation, eggs can be a healthy part of your diet. If cholesterol is an issue, use mostly the whites and keep the yolk from only one egg.
  5. Leafy greens: Pack your salads and sandwiches with more leafy greens than anything else. Leafy greens are filling and full of antioxidants and vitamins. Use a spring mix for salads or mix your iceberg lettuce with spinach leaves to get the dark green veggies. Forgo the high calorie, sugary salad dressings and your salad becomes super healthy. A good substitute for salad dressing is red wine or balsamic vinegar with very little or no oil added.
  6. Berries: Berries are full of antioxidants that improve blood flow in the body which can make your work outs more efficient. Substituting just one snack that is high is carbs and sugar with berries can have tremendous health benefits. Yes, berries do have natural sugar, but they are much better for you than candy or chips! For a great summer snack, freeze a variety of fresh berries and bag them up for a refreshing, cool snack on the go.
  7. Nuts: Nuts are full of protein and good fats. They are a great mid-afternoon snack when you feel drained or a great addition to that leafy green salad above. Nuts will help you feel fuller, longer than a sugary snack. If you are trying to lose weight, reach for unsalted almonds or walnuts for optimal benefits.

These seven foods to cheat your way to the perfect summer body will help you stay on track with your fitness goals while letting you enjoy great summer snacks without guilt!

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