Tips to Make Your Summer Sizzle

Berry Salad Recipe

Baby spinach and fresh fruit is the perfect summer salad!

Welcome to my annual 15 Minutes to Fabulous series! Over the next few weeks I’ll feature some fantastic guest writers. Let’s face it, give a busy woman 15 minutes of uninterrupted time and she can conquer the world…or at least 15 minutes of it! Today’s guest blogger is Franklin, Tennessee’s Dyan Damron from Coach D Consulting. Please follow Dyan on Twitter. She’s appeared on Nashville’s Talk of the Town and on Saturday, July 19, she’s signing copies of her new book at Landmark Booksellers and hosting a fun “book tasting.”

Summer is here, and so begins pool parties, cookouts, cold drinks, and summertime treats.  I have seen a multitude of advertisements recently promoting trendy new food products.  If you’re not careful, a few of these new trends could alter your summer sizzle to a fizzle.  Here are a few offenders and my remedies – all of which take less than 15 minutes – to ensure you sizzle all summer!

Fast Food Makeovers Make Your Summer Sizzle

Berry Pomegranate Premium Fruit Smoothie from Dairy Queen/Orange Julius – This sounds like a health drink and the ads boast “no artificial flavors”.  Too bad they fail to mention the amount of sugar in this bomb.  With 102 grams of sugar in a large, you will have slurped up four day’s worth of sugar.  The Original Orange Julius is even worse – it has 103 grams of sugar!  Swap your own summer smoothie by blending one cup mixed frozen berries, half cup nonfat Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, and half a banana in a blender.

Zensation Zalad from Zaxby’s – Many people think salad is a healthy option, but this packs a whopping 1,165 calories, over half of what you’d need in an entire day.  With 49 grams of sugar, this salad has two day’s worth.  Plus it has more than a day’s worth of sodium.  That certainly doesn’t lend to a “zen” state!  For a summer sizzler swap, make your own salad by topping baby spinach with strawberries and blueberries, goat cheese, sliced almonds, and even add grilled chicken or shrimp.  Make a quick dressing by whisking one-part balsamic vinegar with two-parts extra virgin olive oil.

AM Crunchwrap from Taco Bell – Just one of these little breakfast items has 46 grams of fat, 14 of which are saturated.  That’s a full day’s worth of fat in the palm of your hand, and your day just started.  Instead, make your own wrap by scrambling an egg with bell peppers and Canadian bacon, top with shredded cheese & salsa and wrap in a whole grain tortilla.  Or make a sweet wrap by spreading a whole grain tortilla with peanut butter and wrap it up with a sliced banana, apple, or fresh berries.

By being aware of the summertime hype and recent trends, this can be your summer to sizzle and be fabulous in 15 minutes!  Go to  to see all the ways I can help you and those you love.  Obesity is 100% preventable and it starts with a summer that sizzles!

Do you have tips for healthier food choices this summer?


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