Keeping It Healthy: Backyard Barbecues
This spring and summertime staple is a tradition for countless Americans, but it can be truly challenging to eat healthy with so much temptation in one place! In this article, we’ll give you some quick tips to follow so you can leave your next barbecue feeling satisfied and guilt-free!
The difference between lean meat and other meats is the fat content. Examples of lean meat are skinless chicken, turkey and red meat with the fat trimmed off. Pork is one of the leanest meats out there! Lean meats are a good source of protein and have less calories than non-lean eats.
One strategy to avoid that bloated, heavy feeling after a BBQ feast is to stick to the vegetables! There are so many ways to dress them up on the grill for a filling meal you can feel good about, not to mention all the benefits of their vitamins, minerals and fiber.
While you might be cutting back on what you eat at a barbecue, sometimes it’s the condiments that really pack a heavy caloric blow! For example, mayonnaise has about 100 calories per tablespoon and mustard has just 15! Making a change to what you enjoy that burger with can really help you skip a lot of unnecessary calories & sugar. Try oil and vinegar, mustard, salsa, or guacamole on your BBQ foods!
On The Grill
Get experimental at your next barbecue! We’ve all had the classic burgers and hot dogs, so what about peaches? Or pineapples? Skip the gluten and carbs in buns by making some colorful vegetable kebabs, or roasting veggies with your favorite marinade! Make it a goal this summer to experiment and find a new, healthier BBQ go-to for yourself.
Appetizers & Snacks
While there are sure to be potato chips at a backyard barbecue, there is also a good chance of a vegetable platter being there too. Carrots, celery or broccoli go great in most dips and will provide that satisfying crunch you’re used to. Be conservative about what you dip into and go for hummus, salsa or guacamole when possible. Fruit salad is also a great munchy. If you absolutely have to have some of that pasta salad, go easy! Mayonnaise is high in calories and saturated fat.
One thing that always seems to be abundant at barbecues – the desserts! Plates of cookies, brownies, cakes, candies & more, just be sure to enjoy in moderation. Instead of choosing a little of this and a little of that, choose that one dessert that you will really enjoy. Eat slowly, and really savor it after being so careful around so much temptation! Try to enjoy the time you are spending with family and friends over the food.
Heading out to a friend’s barbecue? Bring your own guilt-free dish like a fruit salad, veggie platter, some pre-made veggie kebabs, or a healthy dessert (chocolate covered strawberries, berry cobbler, etc) so you will definitely have a healthy choice.
It’s easy to overlook the calories and sugar in soda or alcohol. Rather than choose a diet or light alternative that use artificial sweeteners, drink seltzer or water to stay hydrated. You could even add fruit to make your own tasty infused water!
What’s Your Secret?
How do you stick to your diet at backyard barbecues? We’d love to know! Tag us with #BestMarket!
May 3, 2017