Summer Barbecues Made Healthy

Summer Barbecues Made Healthy

As the weather gets warmer, barbecues, graduation parties, and other events pick up. I look forward to these events because the food is unlimited and usually pretty good. (The people are okay, too.) The downside is that these events almost always present a challenge to a strict dieter.

Once in a while, of course, it's fine to break your diet and enjoy yourself. And events like these are the perfect time to do this. However, when you have 3 graduation parties a weekend for a few months straight, you can't afford to cheat every time. Here's my advice on how to avoid excess salt and sugar at warmer weather outings.

  • Offer to bring something healthy. First things first, ensure there's something good for you to eat. Offer to bring a veggie platter, fruit plate, some hummus, deviled eggs, or other options that don't have too much sugar or salt. Others will likely appreciate a healthy option as well.
  • Go bunless. White bread and buns are full of processes sugar and simple carbs. Avoid them at all costs!
  • Drink carefully. Whether it's alcohol, soda, or the punch bowl, the beverage options at spring and summer parties can all be poor. My top diet tip here is to never drink anything that has calories. That means stick to water.
  • Bring your toothbrush. Overeating at these events is easy to do. Often you're eating without thinking about it. We suggest that your bring a tooth brush or mouthwash. Eat until you're satisfied, then brush your teeth or swish with your Listerine - you'll be much less tempted to eat more.
  • Go paleo. Processed foods contain lots of hidden sugar and salt. Around the grill, why not take the opportunity to go paleo and eat like a caveman? Enjoy some meat and grilled vegetables, and dodge all processed food. You might just find it liberating!
  • Choose your dips wisely. There will probably be a lot of dips to choose from - guacamole, salsa, french onion, and so on. With dips, stick to guacamole and salsa. They have high nutritional value.

Guacamole is never a bad thing to bring. I've never seen a party end with the guacamole unfinished and I'm willing to bet you haven't either. Here's a quick recipe to ensure this.

Spicy Guacamole

Spicy Guacamole

Ingredients:

    • 1 hass avocado, with pit
    • 1 teaspoon onion, diced
    • 1 teaspoon cilantro/coriander
    • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (or lime juice)
    • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
    • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce

See the full recipe here.


CATEGORIES: Fruit Juice, Healthy Foods, Healthy Fats , Weight Loss