April 28, 2011
Want to slim down for summer? Nutritionist offers some tips

If there's such a thing as a "celebrity nutritionist," Carl Germano is probably it. He has lots of letters after his name (RD, CNS, CDN) and is the "chief science officer" of Inergeticss, a company that makes and sells dietary supplements.

Realizing that barbecue season has arrived in California - and considering our generally poor eating habits, as well - he is offering "tips for low-calorie replacement foods" for summer weight-loss and overall health. Like these:

Instead of: A cheeseburger
Try: Turkey sliders with sliced tomato

Instead of: Hot dogs off the grill
Try: Chicken teriyaki skewers

Instead of: Nachos with cheese and jalapenos
Try: Baked nachos with guacamole, tomatoes and jalapenos

Instead of: French fries
Try: Baked potato skins with tomato-basil bruschetta

Instead of: Beef chili with shredded cheese
Try: Turkey chili with black beans, corn and salsa

Instead of: Fried Buffalo wings with ranch dip
Try: Baked chicken wings with hot-sauce dip

Instead of: Regular pizza
Try: Whole wheat margherita pizza

Instead of: Chips, cookies and brownies
Try: Air-popped popcorn, oat pretzels and fresh fruit

Instead of: Beer, soda and juice
Try: Flavored sparkling water

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