Summer Slimdown Recipes for Every Kind of Appetite

By Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD Wellness Manager, Lifestyle 180 Program, Cleveland Clinic

Posted on | By Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD

Are you looking to shed some weight before summer but cannot seem to take control of your poor eating habits? Chances are you fit into one of three categories: Junk Food Junkie, Emotional Eater, or what I like to call "Portion Distortion." Overcoming these eating patterns can be difficult, but with these slimdown solutions, achieving a fit and fabulous beach body has never been so easy.

Junk Food Junkie Slimdown

My first solution is for those who eat junk food mindlessly throughout the day. One of the best things you can do to jumpstart your summer slimdown is to repeat what you eat. Research has found that those who have the exact same meal once per day are more inclined to shed pounds. Try automating your breakfast with a hardboiled egg on a whole wheat english muffin with a quarter teaspoon of black pepper. This quick recipe will help sustain energy levels, fight cravings, and block fat cells from forming all day long. At snack time, exchange your classic potato chips for turnip chips. They are high in vitamin C and lower in carbohydrates than potatoes.

Turnip Chips

Makes 2 half-cup servings


1 turnip, sliced

A drizzle of olive oil

A sprinkle of sea salt


Slice 1 turnip. Place slices on a cookie sheet; drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake at 425°F for about 25 minutes.

Emotional Eater Slimdown

The next category of individuals, the emotional eaters, seek the pleasurable effect food has on the brain, most commonly obtained by eating carbohydrates. If you can identify with this, then realize that you need to fuel your body, and not your stress. Eat something comforting, but not high in calories. Here’s a tip: Keep some sweet potatoes in the pantry for the next time you are feeling stressed and ready to overeat. Combined with a few other ingredients, you can make a sweet potato hummus that will keep you feeling and looking great!

Article written by Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD
Kristin Kirkpatrick is the Manager of Wellness Nutrition Services at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, in Cleveland, Ohio.