Summer Diet Shape-Ups

Healthy eats and treats to help achieve that bikini body

From the LifeMinute team

Summer is right around the corner and you've been putting in those hours at the gym, but has your diet been slacking? Here to help is Amy Goodman with healthy swaps to get your eating habits in shape.

You Don't Have to Ditch the Desserts

Brownies and baked goods don't have to be your downfall--just opt for healthier alternatives. Weight Watchers has new decadent treats to please any sweet tooth. Check out their Brownie Bliss bars -- "It's a chocolate brownie layered with real chocolate ganache or peanut butter and covered with a chocolate coating," says Amy. Brownie Bliss bars come in Mint Chocolate, Triple Chocolate and Peanut Butter, each individually wrapped and unbelievably under 100 calories with a two PointsPlus value. Get them at grocers nationwide. Still doubtful? Try the Weight Watchers "Tasting is Believing" Challenge, so if you don't love the bars, you can get your money back. Find more details at

Eat Lean

Keep your meals and snacks light. "Cheese can be a very healthy part of your diet, especially if you choose Weight Watchers All Natural Snack Cheeses," says Amy, "They're a good source of protein and calcium, only two PointsPlus value per serving. Mix it up with different flavors such as Jalapeno, Colby Jack and Classic Mozzarella...all convenient and tasty on-the-go snacks. Add these to-go with a breadless sandwich with tomato and a dollop of mustard all rolled up in a tasty turkey breast. Or, for a quick snack, pair frozen grapes with a cheddar cheese stick to satisfy those sweet and salty taste buds. To power up before your workout, try a cheese stick with a banana to fuel your body. Discover more ways to get creative, and get a 75-cent coupon, at

Swap Out Sugar

When it comes to dieting, portion control is huge. Amy says Americans use more than 22 teaspoons of added sugar daily in their diets, which is three times the recommended amount for women and more than double the amount recommended for men. All of this added sugar adds up to 355 calories in our diets. To slash this number, switch to Splenda sweetener products to help your weight management efforts by reducing calories from added sugar. For daily tips and recipes, such as a sweet corn relish, dry spice rub and watermelon lemonade, check out the Splenda Sweet Swap program at


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