When the weather warms up, ice cream shops have lines out their doors. And unless you’re careful, the calories in these chilly treats add up in a hurry. So forget the toppings, candy mix-ins, and waffle cones and stick with a single scoop of your favorite ice cream.
Hot dogs, plain, with chili and cheese, or wrapped in cornbread, go hand in hand with baseball season, whether you’re at a Little League game or the big-league ballpark.
Chocolates show up around Easter, again on Mother’s Day, perhaps on Father’s Day, and in some households, every day. Dark chocolate does has some health benefits, but only if you eat a small portion — not an entire chocolate bunny.
Brunch is popular in spring, but brunch foods can wreak havoc on your diet. Typical brunches include breakfast casseroles or quiches loaded with sausages, cheese, butter and cream, all served with hot cross buns, cinnamon rolls, or pastries.
Topping, dressings and sauces on otherwise spring healthy foods can spell diet disaster. “Hollandaise sauce on asparagus, whipped cream on strawberries, or high-fat salad dressings on salads turn a perfectly healthy food into a high calorie landmine.
Seasonal beverages like ice cream drinks, iced coffee drinks, margaritas, tropical cocktails and smoothies are favorites on spring break or for sipping with friends on the deck.
Passover desserts made with nuts, chocolate, and coconut can be calorie landmines.
Salads loaded with mayo, such as chicken and potato salad, are easy to tote in picnic baskets but are also loaded with fat and calories.