Summer vacation eating can be filled with temptations so follow these simple strategies for eating healthy at the beach.
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Credit: Lee Harrelson

If you're heading to the beach this summer with family or friends, you can still keep your body swimsuit- and shorts-ready once you make it to the sand. Follow these simple strategies to stay healthy while still enjoying your summertime favorites.

1. Beware of drinking all of your calories. A pina colada or strawberry daiquiri (7 ounces) can contain over 500 calories and over 17 grams of fat. Drinks that are mixed with cream, milk, fruit juice or soda can pack more calories so take that into account when ordering.

2. Budget your fats. If you know you want to order fried shrimp, strip the fat from your breakfast and lunch meals so you have room for extra fat in the evening. Just make sure you don't skip breakfast and lunch altogether.

3. Balance a dessert by choosing a low-calorie entrée paired with colorful fruits and vegetables instead of pastas, rice or potatoes. Plan to split larger meals with someone else to save some calories.

4. Plan an after-meal activity such as a beach volleyball game after breakfast, waterskiing after lunch, or a sunset walk after dinner. This not only will burn calories but also help you limit heavier food choices at the meal knowing you are going to be active afterwards.