Lawn chairs, fresh-cut grass and crackling meat on the grill. Soon barbeque season will be in full swing! Even if you’re fully committed to your health goals, there’s no reason you can’t join in on the summer fun. Just follow these handy tips for having a healthy barbeque.
1. Rethink the bun.
Bread can weigh your meal down and add extra calories to your burger. Try using crunchy romaine or a portabello mushroom to wrap your patty instead.
2. Satisfy your sweet tooth.
An ice cream sundae may be inviting on a warm summer evening, but there’s a better way to get your sugar fix. Chow down on summer fruits like watermelon and pineapple to get a sweet dose of nutritious fiber.
3. Stay away from the ice cooler.
Barbeques offer many drink options: beer, soda, punch – all of which pose a problem for those trying to lose weight. Additionally, the heat can leave you dehydrated, and these beverages won’t do much to help with that. Stick with water, and flavor it with fruit for a fun twist.
4. Control portion sizes.
Everything is good in moderation. As a general guide, your meat serving should be the size of a deck of cards, starchy sides may equal one baseball and any dressing or spread should be equivalent to the size of your thumb. One portion size you don’t have to worry about – veggies. Pile as many fresh veggies as you like on your plate. As a bonus tip – if you eat your veggies first, you may find you are not hungry for those dishes enjoyed best in moderation.
5. Have some outdoors fun.
When you’re done eating, go play ball with the children or round up your friends for a game of horseshoes. You’ll stop yourself from snacking on the leftovers and burn some calories – not to mention, enjoy the weather and have a little fun!