Summer is typically the time of year when diets fly out the window and individuals really blow it out. BBQs, graduation parties, and vacations are the main culprit of crazy dietary habits in the summer, but you can celebrate the summer without all the junk. 

Trying to follow a low carb diet in summer can be tough, but Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RDN is here with some tips and answers to frequently asked questions to keep you on track.

What summer foods are the best to enjoy on low carb diet?

Choosing foods like plain chicken, a cheeseburger with no bun, or salads full of color will allow you to participate in the food at parties but still sustain your low carb lifestyle. Also, try Quest Chips. Enjoy them on the go or bread chicken with them!

What are the best summer drinks to enjoy?

I suggest sticking to naturally flavored or plain seltzer waters, sugar free flavored waters, or making your own flavored water (sparkling or flat) with natural ingredients like cucumbers, oranges, lemon, lime, basil, or strawberries.

Since fruit is a big part of summer, are there some that are better for a low carb diet than others?

Some fruits that are ideal for a low-carb diet would be strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, coconut, or lemons/limes. Remember, it is still important to stick with portion control to avoid carbohydrate overload.

What are some summer treats alternatives to s’mores and sugary treats?

I like to swap sugary sweets with Quest products like the Gooey Caramel or Fudge Brownie Candy Bites, Quest PB Cups, or a melted Quest Protein Bar. These options satisfy my sweet tooth, keep me full, but keep my carbohydrate and sugar count low.

What are some recommendations for substitutions for cocktails?

There are tons of low carb, low sugar mixes out there that can be paired with a low carb liquor such as vodka, tequila, or whiskey.

Final thought — Though it is hard to avoid some summertime temptations, it is best to stay away from ice cold coolers of beer, sugary mixed drinks, and the dessert table. These are the places those following a low-carb lifestyle may find themself tempted.

Now That You Have The Tips, Here’s A Recipe For Low Carb Nachos To Help You Keep On Track!