(Family Features) - If you're like most women, you want to look toned in your summer shorts and tank tops without giving up the foods you love.
A recent survey by Boca Foods found that more than half of women feel guilty about the foods they eat at least two to three times a week, and almost 20 percent of women feel guilty every time they eat. Between backyard barbecues and beach parties, that's a lot of time spent feeling guilty when you should be soaking up the summer sun.
There are simple recipes that allow you to cook and eat in a more healthful way while still enjoying the delicious foods you love, according to Isabel Cruz, chef and owner of the Cantina Panaderia Restaurant in San Diego. For example, she suggests making Asian-Style Lettuce Wraps with Boca Foods Meatless Ground Burger instead of regular hamburger. You can save 100 calories and 9.5 grams of fat per serving, and you'll still be the hit at your next party.
Or, consider replacing your regular ground beef patty with a Boca Foods Meatless Original Burger at your next backyard barbecue. You will eliminate 110 calories and 12 grams of fat, and your taste buds will still be satisfied.
Whether you're looking to cut carbs, increase protein, watch your cholesterol and calories or reduce fat and saturated fat, Boca Foods meatless products offer a variety of choices. Additionally, they can help give your favorite meals a makeover.
For more great-tasting recipes and nutrition information, visit www.bocafoods.com.
Real Life - Real Helpful Eating Tips
From Chef and Restaurant Owner Isabel Cruz
"As a chef, I love serving up scrumptious food that is exotic, fresh and dynamic," said Chef Isabel Cruz. "Whether I'm hosting dinner parties for my girlfriends or cooking a weeknight meal for my family, I serve healthful yet delicious choices. With this commitment to better-for-you eating, I've come up with some simple tips any woman can use to enjoy the foods she loves, guilt-free!"
- When you head to the grocery store, opt to walk home with the bags. Carrying the extra weight will help give your arms a good workout and give you some extra time to enjoy the weather.
- Veg Out! Shop farmers' markets for fresh produce and try one of the many soy-based meatless products as a better-for-you option in your favorite recipes.
- Salad plates aren't just for salad anymore. Grab some inexpensive small plates in festive summer prints to help keep portions in perspective.
- The hottest new accessory is a brown bag! Pack your own lunch and eat outside during your lunch hour. You'll have greater control over what you are eating and you'll be able to enjoy the afternoon sun.