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Brooke Burke Dishes On Her Top Summer Treats

Burke serves up tasty treats to help one of her favorite charities, Operation Smile. (Photo courtesy of Chris Weeks/AP)

Written by Lisa Turner, editorial intern

Brooke Burke is a busy woman. Not only is she a business owner, entrepreneur and a mother of four, she is a co-host on the popular TV show Dancing With the Stars. Somehow she finds time to devote to a charity close to her heart,  Operation Smile, and teamed up with Dreyer’s/Edy’s at an event in Los Angeles to give out 25,000 scoops of their slow-churned light ice cream. Luckily, she was able to dish about her involvement in the charity and her latest way to get in summer shape. Since 2010, Burke has worked closely with the charity, hosting galas and fundraising events that have helped countless children receive life-saving surgeries. “I’m very lucky to have healthy children,” Burke says. “When I began to learn about the program and really understand the statistics, I learned that a surgery that costs only $240 could change a child’s life. It’s something that we take for granted.”

When she’s not giving back, the TV host stays busy on the business side of life. She recently launched a line of intimates, IntiMINT, and released two new fitness DVDs (with two more on the way this summer). How does she fuel all that fitness? With healthy fare fit for the whole family, of course! “We like to eat clean and raw, so some of my favorite summer treats are fresh fruit and veggies, and homemade frozen pops,” Burke explains. “We keep a summer supply for the kids—it’s a big hit in my household. Things like frozen berries and grapes. They’re so delicious. You just take them off the vine and pop them in the freezer.”

Health and fitness have always been top priorities, and as a former winner of Dancing with the Stars, she knows what it takes to succeed on the show. A bit of athleticism can help on the dance floor, as we saw in recent winner Donald Driver, who plays for the Green Bay Packers. “I think the mental part of the show is equally as important, and they know how to think like an athlete,” she says. “They know how to train and compete under pressure. And with Donald Driver, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone who wanted to win so much, and I think that’s a big part of it.”

While Burke doesn’t compete in sports herself, she loves to hike with her family and spend time on the beach. She’s recently incorporated new workouts into her regular routine, and so far, the results have blown her away. “It’s an unbelievable transformation. It’s really amazing,” she says. “There’s more toning, more cuts and just understanding your body.” Her favorite ways to switch up her routine involve rotating through her own DVDs, Malibu Pilates at home and working out with a group in her new neighborhood. Check out some of Brooke’s exercise DVDs while you’re waiting for the all-star edition of Dancing With the Stars this fall on ABC.

Now you tell us: What's your favorite summer workout?