You've been eating well and working out—and you're finally starting to see all of your hard work pay off.
But now, a Labor Day picnic is coming up and you know you're going to be tempted to dig in to all the fattening crap on display. But don't worry: Sprinkled amongst the junk food, you can usually find some picnic food staples that won't threaten to wreck your hard-earned results. To be extra safe, bring your own healthy grub to share with everyone else. Read on for the best diet-friendly picnic options.
At just 46 calories per cup, watermelon isn't just way better for you than “fattening crap,” it can also help with all that exercise you’ve been doing.
First, the basics: “Watermelon is rich in vitamins C and A, potassium, and magnesium,” says Nutrition Stripped founder McKel Hill, M.S., R.D. “And, as a simple sugar”—a cup has 8g—“it provides quick energy.” Also, says Sagan Schultz, CEO of the WellWell organic juice company, “watermelon is loaded with electrolytes, lycopene, and L-citrulline, which fights muscle soreness, so it’s a killer option for recovery.”
And GI-wise? “It does rank near doughnuts on the Glycemic Index [a measure of how fast food raises blood glucose],” Schultz says, “but it’s about 92% water, so the glycemic ‘load’ is less than a carrot’s. So for most people, its benefits far outweigh any downsides.”
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