Diet Detective: BBQ Foods and the Summer Activities to Burn Calories

Pesto Pasta Salad

(1 cup)
Calories: 680
Exercise Equivalent (Cost to Burn Off the Calories): 145.1 minutes of water aerobics or water calisthenics
Fit Tip: Try adding a few chopped-up vegetables, and go light on the oil.


(1 cup)
Calories: 350
Exercise Equivalent (Cost to Burn Off the Calories): Mowing the lawn (walking with a power mower) for 59.7 minutes
Fit Tip: Use light or nonfat mayonnaise, and add some green and red peppers to increase the yield while cutting calories per cup. To make it simple, you can find coleslaw mixes in the vegetable section at the grocery store.

Homemade Baked Beans

(1 cup)
Calories: 392
Exercise Equivalent (Cost to Burn Off the Calories): Golf (walking and carrying clubs) 74.3 minutes
Note: The problem is, baked beans are made with added sugar and/or molasses.
Fit Tip: You can try using less sugar (or molasses) in your recipe. You're probably adding too much anyway. Try making your own bean salad instead. Choose your favorite beans, chop up an onion and some peppers, add a little lemon juice and vinegar for flavor, and you've got a nutrient-packed side dish.

More: Stay Fit for Summer: Fresh Cucumber Cocktail

Hot Dog

(2-ounce beef with bun, 2 tablespoons of sweet relish and 2.5 ounces of chili and mustard)
Calories: 366 (Just the hot dog and bun are about 270 calories)
Exercise Equivalent (Cost to Burn Off the Calories): 89.2 minutes playing golf (using power cart)
Fit Tip: This summer alone, Americans will consume approximately 7 billion hot dogs. The key thing to look for is the bun. Hot dog buns can be very high in calories. Also, you can eat several hot dogs in one sitting ­ try limiting yourself to no more than two as a meal ­ and try putting two dogs in one bun.

Potato Chips

(2 handfuls)
Calories: 300
Exercise Equivalent (Cost to Burn Off the Calories): Jumping rope for 32 minutes
Fit Tip: Slice your potatoes and put them on the grill with garlic, pepper and other spices for seasoning. Also, you can trying grilling a sweet potato, which has only 112 calories.

Grilled Sweet Corn

(One ear)
Calories: 90
Exercise Equivalent (Cost to Burn Off the Calories): Kayaking for 5.4 minutes
Note: With a moderate glycemic index of 56 (compared with 100 for white bread), corn provides carbohydrates for energy without excessively raising blood sugar.
Fit Tip: You don't need to drench good sweet corn in butter. Grilled corn tastes great without any toppings.

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