Gathering with friends and family around the BBQ is the most popular pastime of summer.
While outdoor cookouts are a awesome time to relax and visit with friends and family, did you know that the average barbecue meal exceeds 1500 calories?
That’s almost an entire day’s worth of calories in one meal.
That type of eating will cause some serious damage to your weight over the course of the summer. The good news is that barbecue season doesn’t have to be fattening. In fact, with a few healthy changes to your barbecue menu, you can turn summer into the perfect opportunity for weight loss.
So before you slather on the sunscreen and fire up your grill, read the following tips for Your Real Healthy BBQ.
On the Grill: Believe it or not, grilling is a very healthy way to cook meat. Of course the type of meat that you choose will make all of the difference. Burgers and hot dogs are traditional barbecue meats, but they aren’t the healthiest. Try the following:
- Choose lean cuts of beef, pork or poultry
- Marinade with low fat dressing
- Make hamburgers with extra-lean, organic, grass-fed, ground beef
- Take the skin off chicken before grilling
- Make this recipe for Turkey Kebabs
- Grill up teriyaki salmon or cod
Side Dishes: This is where most people run into trouble. Barbecue side dishes are typically filled with loads of fat and carbs. Creamy coleslaw and potato salads can hold as much as 15 grams of fat per serving. Try the following instead:
- Make veggie kabobs and grill them
- Grill bok choy
- Serve fresh fruit salad
- Try spaghetti squash casserole instead of macaroni
- Grill up corn on the cob (pass on the butter)
- Put out a veggie tray
- Try this mint and cabbage salad instead of coleslaw
Drinks: Sugary drinks are the worst. Margaritas, beer, soda pop and juice all contain lots of empty calories. Try the following:
- Drink water, it is always your healthiest option
- Stick with light beer
- Make Skinny Apple Sangria
- Brew unsweetened ice tea and serve with lemon
- Try this recipe for Mango Peach Skinny Frozen Cocktail
Dessert: Yes, it is possible to satisfy your sweet tooth while losing weight. Find new, healthy recipes instead of turning to the typical fattening options like ice cream, pie, cake or cookies. Try these:
- Grill mango, banana and pineapple on kabobs
- Make this healthy sorbet
- Replace peach pie with grilled peach halves
- Make Fun Fruit Skewers
- Enjoy Chocolate drizzled strawberry skewers
- Chocolate dipped bananas are always a hit
Enjoy your Real Healthy BBQ!