New Healthy Summer Recipes that Release Fat

These super-slimming, easy summer recipes bursting with fat releaser foods are simple to throw together and perfect for a hot summer day.

by Liz Vaccariello | editor-in-chief from Reader's Digest Magazine | June 2012
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    Two-Minute Sorbet

    Readers tell me that they don’t want to give up favorite summer foods to slim down. Good news: You don’t have to! The trick is to include fat-releasing foods unveiled in our new book The Digest Diet. Science shows that these power ingredients, from red wine to honey, promote weight loss, so we used them to redo seasonal staples (recipes each serve six).

    For this creamy treat: Combine 1 bag frozen fruit (like strawberries or raspberries) with ½ cup yogurt and ¼ cup sugar in a food processor until uniformly mixed and creamy (stop before it turns to a liquid or smoothie); serve immediately, or freeze until dessert.

    Fat releasers: fruit (fiber), yogurt (dairy)

    Skinny Potato Salad

    Mix 2 pounds cooled and chopped boiled red potatoes; 5 chopped hard-boiled eggs; ¾ cup 2% plain Greek yogurt; 3 stalks celery, chopped; ½ red onion, diced; 1 tbs. Dijon mustard; 1 tbs. apple cider or white wine vinegar; 1 cup chopped herbs (like dill or parsley); 1 tsp. each salt and pepper.

    Fat releasers: eggs and Greek yogurt (protein), yogurt (dairy), vinegar, herbs

    Double Red Sangria

    In a pitcher, combine one bottle light red wine (like pinot noir), 1 cup chopped red grapes, 1 cup chopped oranges, and ¼ cup orange liqueur. Stir in 2 tbs. honey thinned with 2 tbs. boiling water. Chill for at least an hour; add 2 cups seltzer water right before serving.

    Fat releasers: red wine and grapes (resveratrol), orange (vitamin C), honey

    Recipes created by Rachel Mount

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