My thighs are burning from all the walking/jogging/squats and deadlifts I did. Mercy.
To keep my mind off of the muscle fatigue, I've been thinking about the upcoming holiday weekend... July 4th is next week. Around here, that means fried chicken, barbecued sausages, potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans and corn on the cob. It means watermelon and warm-weather desserts like strawberry shortcake and ice cream.
Previously, that has meant frying oil, mayo-based sauces, butter and cream. My waistline didn't get this big without help, you know. I was talking to Carmen the other day about eating non-diet foods, and we agreed: if it isn't the best, most unbelievably delicious diet-breaker ever, don't bother with it. Don't eat a mediocre cookie. Don't waste your time (and the calories) on regular bread, or on tasteless muffins. If you are going to eat something decadent, do it right.
Fried chicken is one of those things, IMO. Real whipped cream and butter are others. It just doesn't taste right with the fake stuff.
So this Fourth of July, I'm planning to substitute similar foods for our picnicking favorites, and boost the servings of the already healthy offerings.
Shishkababs are a great way to grill, while cutting down on the total meat being consumed. I personally like to make my skewers all one type of food. Peppers on one, onions on another. Chicken, sausage, pineapple, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, whatever you like, all on their own skewers so that they cook evenly. Then I like to dump the whole kit and caboodle in a big serving bowl.
I'm on the hunt for a good sweet potato-based salad that is served cold. I'm also looking for a good alternative for cole slaw... one of my favorite includes ramen noodles and almonds, sauteed in butter, but it is just as bad as the cole slaw. Maybe just a big green salad, huh?
What are you favorite summer foods - and how do you keep the calories down?