Swimsuit season

If you’ve been hitting the milkshakes and other icy treats too hard this summer, you’re not alone. I asked local nutritionist Bronwyn Schweigerdt, author of The UnDiet (www.undietbook.com), for her top four ideas for eating more healthily in hot weather:

1. “Take advantage of the short season for fresh produce by eating chilled seasonal fruit: peaches, plums, nectarines, cantaloupe. Forget bananas, apples and oranges until fall.”

2. “Make your sandwiches more like a salad: Get extra veggies by adding cucumber, basil, tomatoes and red onions to all your sandwiches.”

3. “Barbecued zucchini and squash are really yummy, marinated in olive oil and balsamic vinegar and seasoned with salt. Cooking vegetables on the grill won’t heat up the house.”

4. “Quench your thirst with cold water or unsweetened iced tea. You can shed five pounds this summer just by cutting out other beverages, be they juice, soda or whatever.”