By Tina Haupert

Summer is my favorite season, especially when it comes to foods like ice cream and burgers on the grill. I love to indulge, and I know one or two days of splurging isn't a big deal, but if I enjoy my favorite treats all summer long, I definitely won't maintain my weight. To make sure I don't overdo it, I stay beach-body ready with these healthy swaps.

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  • Cool And Creamy

    <strong>Instead of:</strong> A banana split or ice cream sundae <strong>Choose:</strong> Banana "soft serve" Swap high calorie and high fat ice cream for banana "soft serve," which is made with a frozen banana, so you'll get all of the cold, creamy deliciousness for a fraction of the calories and fat. <strong>More from Health.com:</strong> <a href="http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20454528,00.html" target="_hplink">25 Ways to Cut 500 Calories a Day</a> <a href="http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20307363,00.html" target="_hplink">25 Diet-Busting Foods You Should Never Eat</a> <a href="http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20593853,00.html" target="_hplink">The Best and Worst Picnic Foods</a> <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rachelkramerbusseldotcom/6075274454/" target="_hplink">rachelkramerbussel.com</a></em>

  • Chips And Dip

    <strong>Instead of:</strong> Guacamole and chips <strong>Choose:</strong> Edamame guacamole and lentil chips When it comes to guac and chips, it's tough to stop after just one bite. Try this version for a more satisfying snack. Edamame adds filling protein to the mix, and lentil chips fill you up with fiber, so you'll eat less and save calories at the end of all that snacking. <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kthread/5156811228/" target="_hplink">kthread</a></em>

  • Frosty Treat

    <strong>Instead of:</strong> A frozen Pina Colada <strong>Choose:</strong> Slimmed-down Pina Colada As you know, frozen cocktails are packed with sugar, so lighten up with <a href="http://carrotsncake.com/2011/07/skinny-pia-colada.html" target="_hplink">this "skinny" version</a>. It calls for coconut water and pineapple juice, so you'll get some added nutrients in your diet while not missing out on any delicious fun. <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/preppybyday/5076908250/" target="_hplink">TheCulinaryGeek</a></em>

  • Great Grilling

    <strong>Instead of:</strong> A cheeseburger on a bulky white bun <strong>Choose:</strong> A turkey burger on a whole wheat Sandwich Thin A greasy cheeseburger always weighs me down, so I opt for a healthier burger and bun. A turkey burger on a whole wheat Sandwich Thin slashes calories and fat, but I don't miss out on that great summer taste from the grill. <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cote/4552421445/" target="_hplink">cote</a></em>

  • Finger Food

    <strong>Instead of:</strong> French fries <strong>Choose:</strong> Sweet potato wedges cooked in coconut oil An easy way to trade up the healthy value of French fries is to swap them for sweet potato fries cooked in coconut oil. Sweet potatoes provide more nutrients and the coconut oil offers lots of heart-healthy fats. <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mszeto/4137796416/" target="_hplink">lilszeto</a></em>

  • A Summer Classic

    <strong>Instead of:</strong> A hot dog <strong>Choose:</strong> A chicken or turkey dog Love hot dogs, but not their calorie count? Me too! So when I'm craving a hot dog, I choose a natural chicken or turkey dog. They have less saturated fat than a regular beef hot dog and taste even better in my opinion! <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/slgc/5895550000/" target="_hplink">slgckgc</a></em>

  • Crunchy And Salty

    <strong>Instead of:</strong> Potato chips <strong>Choose:</strong> Kale chips Greasy potato chips provide very little nutritional value and do major damage on your calorie count for the day. Instead of mindless munching on those dangerous options, I make kale chips. They might sound strange but, trust me, they're delicious! <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/joyosity/3322910677/" target="_hplink">joyosity</a></em>

  • Wash It Down

    <strong>Instead of:</strong> Soda <strong>Choose:</strong> Sparkling water or sugar-free flavored waters Sode has tons of empty calories, so instead drink sparkling water with a splash of fruit juice or a sugar-free flavored water, like Hint. You'll get all of the great taste for minimal (if any) calories!

  • Half And Half

    <strong>Instead of:</strong> mayo-drenched potato salad <strong>Choose:</strong> potato salad made with Greek yogurt I love potato salad in the summer, but I hate when it's swimming in mayo. To lighten up one of my favorite recipes, I replace half of the mayo with Greek yogurt for a more nutritious and satisfying side dish. <strong>More from Health.com:</strong> <a href="http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20454528,00.html" target="_hplink">25 Ways to Cut 500 Calories a Day</a> <a href="http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20307363,00.html" target="_hplink">25 Diet-Busting Foods You Should Never Eat</a> <a href="http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20593853,00.html" target="_hplink">The Best and Worst Picnic Foods</a> <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bmente/3652961672/" target="_hplink">Banjo Brown</a></em>

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