Top 10 BBQ Tips for Staying on Track this Summer
It’s summer and you’re feeling good. You’ve worked hard over the past few months to get your abs beach-ready. But now the sun is out (most of the time) you may be tempted to kick back and feel like you’ve earned a tasty, but calorie-laden BBQ, complete with a few chilled beers. Don’t undo all your hard work. Here are our top 10 tips to help you make healthy choices this BBQ season:
1. Size matters - load your mains and sides onto a smaller plate, so you’re limited to how much food you take on each round of the buffet table.
2. Be mindful of what you’re eating– getting distracted with mates and family is a sure fire way of not noticing how much you’re eating, especially if you’re grazing all day. Avoid the bloat
3. Ditch the bread rolls – swap out for lighter alternatives like pitta bread or a wrap. Or simply avoid bread altogether and save room for more tasty menu options.
4. Drink a glass of water before you eat – this will banish those hunger pangs and help you eat less.
5. Eat veggie fillers – bulk out your plate with veggie options to fill you up fast.
6. Goodbye meat, hello fish – if you want to swerve meat altogether, then try BBQ fish instead. It’s a lighter and tasty version and will give you a healthy burst of omega-3.
7. Go lean – don’t be tempted by those fat-rich burgers and sausages. Chicken and lean cuts of steak and pork chops are healthier alternatives and good for maintaining your muscle mass.
8. Minimise the sauce – dodge the sugar and fat overload by cutting down on ketchup, BBQ sauce and mayonnaise. Swap for homemade salsa or olive oil and balsamic vinegar salad dressing.
9. Don’t waste your calorie intake on alcohol - it tastes good to have an ice-cold beer with your BBQ, but keep hydrated in the heat and swap every other beer for a glass of chilled H2O over ice. Give it some summer lovin’ by adding a zingy slice of lemon and lime.
10. Once you’ve eaten your fill, get moving - even a quick circuit of the garden or park will help you burn those calories.