I came across this and just wanted to shared, 10 most fattening foods for spring

United States
April 11, 2008 9:53pm CST
if you can think of any more please feel free to add You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream. 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. Better yet, choose frozen yogurt or sorbet. At home, stock your freezer with calorie-controlled novelty treats like ice cream sandwiches or bars, or try the new light ice creams that taste like super-premium brands. 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. "Keep it simple, top it with relish, and limit it to one dog, because they are not only high in fat but also contain plenty of sodium 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. "Enjoy an ounce a day of the polyphenol-rich dark chocolate, and keep in mind if you overeat chocolates, the added fat, sugar, and calories negate the health benefits 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. Instead, enjoy simply prepared eggs, sliced meats, whole grain breads, and fruit for a still delicious, but more nutritious and less calorie-laden brunch. 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. "Liquid calories add up so quickly Passover desserts made with nuts, chocolate, and coconut can be calorie landmines, says chef and weight management specialist 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. "This is an easy fix," says Moores. "Simply decrease the amount of mayonnaise or swap for light mayo, add mustard or fresh herbs, and consider other healthy ingredients --like green beans with potatoes or grapes with chicken -- to lower the fat content and add a burst of fresh spring flavor." And for your main dish? Just keep it simple. "Eating entrée salads is a great idea during spring, with all the wonderful greens and vegetables, but so often they are also loaded with high fat ingredients like cheese, croutons, mayonnaise salads, and high-fat dressings Spring is prime time to fire up the grill and enjoy grilled foods like burgers, hot dogs, ribs, and steaks. Instead, fill your grill with-lower fat items. "Grill poultry, fish, lean meats, fruit and veggies, and stay away from the high fat burgers, giant steaks, and other high-fat items like ribs Coconut is found in many popular spring dishes, like shrimp, cream pies, cakes, cookies, and smoothies. But coconut contains saturated fat, and in 1 ounce of the sweetened packaged kind in the grocery store, there are 129 calories and 8 grams of fat. "If you indulge in a large portion of coconut, the calories can skyrocket, because usually the coconut is paired with other high calories ingredient," warns Gerbstadt. "For example, coconut shrimp that is fried contains about 300 calories, compared to less than 100 for the same portion of simple shrimp cocktail,”
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@brimia (6584)
• United States
12 Apr 08
I do avoid most of those. I love dark chocolate...that's the only chocolate I eat. I also like coconut. As far as the other things...I don't like mayo or cream sauces. I eat fruit sorbet not ice cream and only grill veggies and veggie burgers. I generally eat lighter (salads, etc) during the warmer months but I guess there are a few things on that list that I didn't really consider...thanks!
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
12 Apr 08
This is a very helpful list!!! thanks for sharing it!!! I have been trying hard to lose weight & exercise this spring!!
@twilight021 (2060)
• United States
12 Apr 08
This is a pretty good list. It's almost impossible for me not to partake in soe of these things, I try to limit myself or find alternatives that are not as bad for me....like sugar free frozen yougurt, or turkey hotdogs. There is a local hotdog place near me that has very good veggie dogs. They are lower in fat, but still taste close to the realy thing. You can also get them with a variety of toppings including more veggies (I like extra pickles on mine). Sometimes partaking in some of these things are just another rite of spring :-)