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Summer Foods for Sexy Six Pack Abs

Of all the seasons, summer is my favorite. I love the back yard barbeques, pool parties and get togethers with friends and family.

Many of the social get togethers involve food, and there are many foods of the season that can wreak havoc on your physique, while there are many that are great for sleek, sexy, sculpted abs.

Here’s your guide to navigating summer backyard barbeque parties.

Snack/Appetizers
We all know that 90% of the time, when we are invited to a back yard barbeque or picnic, people always put out a variety of chips and dip. It’s a no brainer that these snacks will turn your six pack abs into a keg in no time, and not only that, they have absolutely no nutritional value.

What you can do, is bring a healthy snack to share. Whole wheat pita chips are a great substitute for nacho and potato chips and they’re a snap to make. All you need to do is buy whole grain pita bread, cut it up into wedge slices, lightly brush some olive oil on it and toast it. You can serve it up with some home made hummus or guacamole.

Vegetable trays loaded with fresh celery sticks, baby carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower, are always popular and go great with hummus or guacamole.

Summer Beverages
Non-Alcholic

Obviously, you want to avoid soda; regular or diet and sweet tea. There are many alternatives you can have other than soda and sweet tea.

There are so many flavored green teas on the market that taste great served over ice. If you must add a sweetener to the tea, I would recommend organic raw, natural honey or stevia over artificial sweeteners or sugar.

Flavor your water with fresh lemons.

If you want a beverage that has some fizzle to it, mineral or sparkling water is the way to go with fresh lemon or lime wedges.

Alcohol
Many mixed drinks are loaded with empty calories and sugar that make you bloated. If you must drink, I would recommend you choose a lite beer or wine over a mixed drink.

Time to Fire Up The Grill!!!
There’s nothing quite like the smell and taste of grilled foods. Grilled meats are packed with muscle building protein. However, you do want to steer clear of processed meats which will not only wreak havoc on your six pack abs, they are also bad for your health. Processed meats are loaded with saturated fat, sodium and sodium nitrates which have been shown to be linked to high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer.

You definitely want to avoid pre-packaged processed meats such as sausage, hot dogs, bratwurst for the reasons mentioned above.

What you can do, is make sure the hot dogs, sausage, bacon, bratwurst, etc., you purchase is organic and natural. You can get natural, organic hot dogs, sausage, etc., from a company called Applegate Farms. You can find their product line at Whole Foods Supermarket if you have one in your area, or visit the Applegate Farms website to find a store near you that carries their products.

There are a wide variety of healthy, flavorful, sexy, six pack foods you can grill that are loaded with lean protein. Finding protein sources that are organic is getting easier and easier to find as the demand grows and recommend buying organic/grass fed animal proteins if your store carries it.

Grass Fed Beef
When choosing beef, you want to look for grass fed beef. Not only is it safer (less risk of e-coli contamination), grass-fed beef is lower in overall fat and in saturated fat, and has the added advantage of providing more omega-3 fats.

Cuts of beef to look for include sirloin, london broil, flank steak, and filets (not wrapped in bacon). For burgers, you can get ground bison or ground grass fed sirloin.  Avoid cuts of beef that have the word “rib” such as rib eye, prime rib, as they are fattier cuts of meat.

Free Range Chicken/Turkey
Chicken and turkey breast meat are low in fat and loaded with protein. You want to choose chicken/turkey that has not been fed antibiotics or hormones or given “feed” that has been treated with pesticides.

Seafood
Fish is another wonderful source of protein that always tastes great grilled. Unfortunately, you do need to be careful with the fish you buy as our waters have become compromised with pollutants and contamination.

With that in mind, we need to consider where our seafood comes from. How is it caught? Is it farmed safely or in conditions that breed toxicity? Is it okay to eat in terms of ocean conservancy? Does it contain high levels of mercury or other toxins? The Blue Ocean Institute has a wonderful resource for finding out how safe your fish is. And they also have a sushi guide! Get information on over 50 types of fish and seafood, and nearly 30 sushi fish. It’s an invaluable resource for anyone who consumes food from our oceans.

Fish that taste great on the grill are salmon, tuna, tilapia. You can also steam shrimp, crab, oysters, and clams in some fresh lemon/lime juice, olive oil, garlic,and your favorite herbs and spices without drowning them in butter.

Summer Side Dishes
Most back yard barbeques and picnics include side dishes that are loaded with simple carbohydrates and swimming in fat. Navigate away from the potato salad, macaroni salad, and deviled eggs.

When you think side dishes, think green. Salad greens, asparagus, broccoli, spinach and by all means, fill up on this. Be sure to avoid creamy salad dressing as they are loaded with fat, high fructose corn syrup and sodium. Instead, look for infused vinaigrettes or mix together olive oil and balsamic vinegar to make your own vinaigrette.

Wonderful Fruits of Summer
There are a wide variety of fruits available in the summer, however, many of them are naturally loaded with sugar. It’s so easy to eat more than the recommended serving size of these summery sweets and before you know it, you’ve consumed too many grams of sugar at a time, which is something you want to avoid.

Low sugar fruits
When choosing summer fruits, you’ll want to have the ones that are lower in sugar, approximately 10 grams or less per serving. Fruits that are lower in sugar make for a healthy, delicious dessert and help you over come temptations from summer treats such as ice cream, sherbert, cake, pie and cookies.

Summer is a great time of year for naturally sweet, delicious berries which are lower in sugar than most fruits and are packed with vitamins, antioxidants and fiber.

Ruby Red Grapefruits are also packed with vitamins and fiber and are low in sugar.

Of all the melons, a serving size of Cantaloupe has less sugar compared to Honeydew and Watermelon which is why you’ll want to choose Cantaloupe.

Other summer fruits that fall in this category include, Apricots, Guava, Kiwi, Passion Fruit, Cherries, Oranges, Peaches and Papayas, Pineapple

High Sugar Fruits
When enjoying fruits that are higher in sugar, you want to make sure that you stay within the recommended serving size and not go back for seconds to avoid packing on unwanted pounds.

Summer fruits high in sugar include, Bananas, Watermelon, Pears, Grapes, Mangos, Raisins and all dried fruits.

Enjoy the healthy flavors of summer! 😎

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  1. 8 Comment(s)

  2. By Metro Ethernet | Reply

    I like your idea of using fresh lemons instead of bottled lemon juice. What do you think about using Meyer lemons? Do you think that would work? Where I live we don’t have easy access to fresh Meyer lemons, so what I order them from the growers that pick them right off the trees and ship them direct — a tip I learned from my cousin in Canada. This way I get fresh Meyer lemons picked from the tree without all the time sitting in cartons, trucks and warehouses.
    Thanks
    Lauren

  3. By sharifitness | Reply

    Hi Lauren,
    Any fresh citrus is great in water, mineral water, or sparkling water whether you use fresh lemons, limes or Meyer Lemons. Bottle lemon or lime juice is full of nasty chemicals and tastes nasty as well.

    Fresh Meyer Lemons certainly do make a great flavorful way of naturally flavoring your water.

    Thanks for your comment and feedback 🙂
    Shari

  4. By Magnus Shier | Reply

    Fresh Fruits and Vegetables vine ripe if possible. Walk 1 hour a day. Do something nice for someone you Love, Hate, and don’t know will be a good start.

  5. By Anonymous | Reply

    well written blog. Im glad that I could find more info on this. thanks

  6. By Anonymous | Reply

    Great site. A lot of useful information here. I’m sending it to some friends!

  7. By CNA Training | Reply

    this post is very usefull thx!

  8. By Pediatric Dentist | Reply

    These are some of the best tips I’ve ever read. I was really interested that you recommend adding lemons to green tea. I came across this research that says that when you do that it also boosts the effectiveness of green tea catechins up to five times. Here is the actual citation from the summary of the green tea/lemons study:

    Lemons found to be the most effective citrus in boosting healthy catechins in green tea. “[N]ew research shows that although green tea is high in catechins — antioxidants that have been shown to reduce the risk of chronic diseases like cancer and cardiovascular disorders — the amount of these substances that are available for absorption by the body are lower when they’re consumed solely in tea. . . Under 20 per cent of catechins, which include EGC, EGCG, EC and ECG, remain after digestion, say [researchers at Purdue University in a study published in the November 2007 issue of Molecular Nutrition and Food Research]. . . The researchers believe that citrus juices and vitamin C protect catechins from oxidative damage in the intestine. According to Mario Ferruzzi, assistant professor of food science at Purdue University in Indiana, and the study’s lead author, catechins break down in non-acidic environments, such as the intestines, leaving less than 20 per cent of the antioxidants to be absorbed after digestion takes place. [However, when citrus juices or vitamin C are added to green tea, catechin levels are increased.] Citrus juices, including from limes, grapefruits, lemons and oranges, increased the levels of catechins by more than five times, with an 81 to 98 per cent recovery for EGC, 56 to 75 percent for EGCG, 86 to 95 per cent for EC and 30 to 55 per cent for ECG. Lemon juice was the most effective at preserving catechins in green tea, the study found.” (No author credited, “Green tea up to 5 times as healthy when citrus juice added,” CBC News, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Wednesday, November 14, 2007)

    Nina

  9. By sharifitness | Reply

    Thank you so much for your comment. I’m glad you found these tips to be helpful and informative. Thank you also for sharing that information on the study about lemons and green tea.

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