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15 Best Cheat Foods and Drinks of Summer

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15 Best Cheat Foods and Drinks of Summer

Beach bodies and beach time usually go together in a sentence, but not as often in reality. People spend most of spring slimming down for the summer, only to indulge in everything they’ve been avoiding for months. They can’t be blamed. It’s against human nature to say no to a refreshingly cool cocktail or ice cream, especially if it’s squeezed between chocolate chip cookies. Children gain weight three times faster during the summer months, gaining as much weight during the summer as they do during the entire school year, even though the summertime is three times shorter, according to the National Summer Learning Association. The calories in each food or drink on the list are based on information provided by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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Pink lemonade

Few things are better on a hot summer day than a cool slightly sweet drink. Pink lemonade is regular lemonade – an 8 oz. cup of which has 100 calories – with fruit juices or artificial food dye added. Sweeteners add sugar to your blood, which helps produce fat. Drink a lot of water to minimize the effect.

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Sangria

One wine glass of sangria contains about 150 calories, according to Calorie King. You’ll need to walk for 40 minutes, jog for about 17, swim for 12, or ride a bike for 20 to burn them. Sangria – white or red –  has a lot of sugar – 16 grams in one 8 oz. glass. They drinks often have added fruit juice which increases the number of calories by about 100.

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Pina Colada

Summer is time for cold piña coladas but they don’t come risk-free. These cocktails are some of the most fattening drinks out there. The rum, pineapple juice and cream of coconut all have lots of sugar and calories – easily up to 550-600. If you’re making the drink yourself, use sugar-free ingredients.

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Milkshake

Depending on where you buy a milkshake from, you may be consuming about 500 calories, 330 mg of sodium and 70 grams of sugar in a small-size cup (12 fl. oz.). A milkshake mix – dry, not chocolate – has about 330 calories, 50 grams of sugar and 780 mg of sodium. Mentally prepare to spend about an hour running on a treadmill to burn the calories.  

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Chipwiches

An ice creams sandwich – ice cream squeezed between two chocolate chip cookies – is the ultimate summer treat. Whatever you need to do afterwards to reduce the effect on your waist is worth the effort. This means burning about 260 calories, about 10 grams of fat, and about 40 grams of carbs.

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Brownies a la mode

One large square of a “commercially-prepared” brownie has 230 calories and about 20 grams of sugar. Add ice cream and you get about 50-100 more calories. One serving of brownie a la mode at Red Lobster contains 440 calories, with about half of them being from fat, according to Calorie King. Burning them off will require jogging for about an hour, or vigorous swimming for 42 minutes, according to Fit Watch.

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Fruit sorbet

Fruit sorbet is often recommended as cheat food instead of ice cream, especially because it usually doesn’t contain dairy. The problem with them is the sugar. There are 36.3 grams and 142 calories in a 5 oz. serving size, according to Calorie King. It’s mainly frozen water or juice sweetened with fruit, chocolate, or some other flavor.

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Ice cream

Ice cream is among the most popular summer treats. It comes in a lot of varieties that range from calorie count to flavor and added sugars. Half a cup of basic old-fashioned vanilla ice cream has 137 calories. On average, one cup of 4.7 oz. has about 270 calories and 28 grams of sugar. You’ll need to walk at a brisk pace for about 50 minutes to burn them off.

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Frozen yogurt

Original frozen yogurt at Pinkberry – in a mini serving size of 3.2 oz. – contains 93 calories and 18.6 grams of sugar, according to Calorie King. This cold and delicious dessert also comes in a lot of different flavors and can be made with low-fat and sugar-free ingredients. One cup – 174 grams – of frozen yogurt in any flavor other than chocolate has 221 calories, according to USDA. The number goes down to 71 if it’s made of nonfat milk with no-calorie sweetener.

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Lobster roll

What’s not to like in a lobster roll – you mix lobster meat with mayonnaise, salt, pepper, diced celery, and lemon juice. Restaurant offerings for lobster rolls range from 600 to 1440 calories and 34 to 98 grams of fat per serving, according to the Food Network.  The mayo and the butter pack most of them; 3 ounces of cooked lobster meat has only 83 calories.

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Daiquiris

This alcoholic beverage is in demand as soon as the weather gets warmer. This frozen drink with rum, sugar, and usually strawberries, has about 200 calories. A canned daiquiri has about 260. If the cocktail is prepared from recipe, then it contains about 115 in a 2 fl. oz. serving size. In general, if you want to avoid consuming too many extra calories in the summer, don’t combine juices with liquor.

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Fried seafood

Summer meals often include fish. Frying is often a preferred method of cooking it. Just three pieces of fried shrimp contain at least 120 calories and 23 mg of cholesterol. The average healthy person should not consume more than 300 mg a day. Fried food also has a lot of sodium, an ingredient that causes a lot of problems on its own.  

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Hot dog

Summer is the barbecue season. People in the U.S. eat about 7 billion hot dogs from Memorial Day to Labor Day— that’s about 818 hot dogs consumed every second, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. They can be made from pork, turkey, chicken or beef. Hot dogs are a processed food and usually contain a lot of salt. One pickle relish hot dog has about 110 calories.

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Mojito

This classic summer cocktail is very refreshing. The mix of white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water, and mint is delicious. The problem is that just one shot – 1.5 fl. oz. – contains 60 calories. A normal cocktail has about 250. 

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Margarita

Margaritas are another summer favorite. Frozen or not, the combination of tequila, lime juice and Cointreau is one of the season’s least healthy, and that is even before you rim the glass in sugar or salt. The cocktail has too much sugar – at least around 450 in a standard 8 fl. oz. glass.

15 Best Cheat Foods and Drinks of Summer