Lifestyle: How to Make Your Summer BBQ Healthier
It's officially barbeque season and with that comes plenty of high calorie dishes. If you are looking to whittle your middle this summer, opt for some healthier alternatives when planning your get togethers.
- Go For Homemade Dips - Creamy, high calorie dips are delicious but not so supportive of our weight loss goals. Instead of whipping up dips with sour cream and cream cheese, go for homemade guacamole instead. Avocados are a source of healthy fat and you only need to add it a few fresh vegetables and low-calorie spices to create a dip that all of your guests will love.
- Load Up With Veggies - Instead of piling on the meat and sides, focus on stocking your plate with grilled vegetables. Invest in a grill basket and skewers and slice up fresh vegetables to complement your other healthy dishes. Load up your plate with veggies to fill yourself up with low calorie food.
- Look for Whole Wheat - Be smart with your buns! Go for whole wheat flour buns rather than the white, highly processed alternatives.
- Make Healthy Substitutions - Instead of piling on ketchup and mayonnaise on your burger, use healthy, low fat salsa and Greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise. You won't even know what you are missing!
- Cut Back on Cocktails - It can be tempting to grab beer after beer during your barbeque but try to limit your intake to one with dinner and focus on drinking iced water and seltzer for the remainder of the night.
- Be Open to Meats Other Than Beef - It's easy to just make beef burgers or steaks, but there are healthier options that taste just as great! Give veggie burgers and hot dogs a chance; they are made with healthy whole grains and vegetables and are much lower in calories and cholesterol. If you don't want to leave meat, try to go for burgers and hot dogs made with chicken or turkey instead.
Summer barbeques are on the horizon and if you plan to include healthier options to yourself and your guests, you can end the night without feeling guilty about your eating and drinking choices.