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Dessert Do or Don’t

Hot summer days trigger cravings for cold, creamy treats. Spoon up the info on which indulgences will satisfy your sweet tooth—without putting your diet on ice. —Kiera Aaron ▼ The winner Ice cream soda, which has 720 calories versus 980 calories

Banana split

vs. Ice cream sundae ▲ The winner Banana split, which

has 880 calories versus 680 calories l What clinched it The bigger calorie count in the banana split comes from the fruit and nuts, which pack fiber and healthy fat, not from extra ice cream.

l What clinched it The whole milk used to make the shake thick and creamy adds calories and saturated fat.

Ice cream soda

vs. Key lime pie

Lemon meringue

▲ The winner Lemon meringue,

vs. Milkshake

which has 550 calories versus 620 calories l What clinched it Key lime pie’s filling is made with sweetened condensed milk, which adds a hefty dose of sugar, calories and fat. Source: Janel Ovrut, R.D., a dietitian in Boston

We’ll Drink to That Can’t resist a fruity cocktail? Make it a strawberry daiquiri. Researchers

discovered that when paired with alcohol, strawberries get a boost in antioxidants. Cheers!  Source: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture

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Show your muscles a little extra love after your next sweat session. Consuming a combination of proteins instead of just one can help you build more lean muscle mass and recover faster after a hard workout, according to research. “Proteins are absorbed at different rates; eating more than one kind extends the period of time your muscles have to heal and grow,” says lead study author Greg Paul, Ph.D., global director of sports nutrition at Solae, a soy-ingredient supplier. Whey, a protein found in dairy, is digested and absorbed by your body rapidly, followed by soy protein and casein, a milk protein. When reading nutrition labels, check for the words protein blend, or look for the names of the proteins on the ingredients list. Kellogg’s Special K Protein Snack bars and Luna Protein Bars contain soy and whey. You can also create your own energy snack: Pair a Soy Joy bar with a half cup of skim milk or just drink the milk (chocolate works, too) by itself. —Jacqueline Monti

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