Memorial Day = BBQIt's just common knowledge, but that doesn't mean it has to be Calorie Fest '09. Here are some great ways to make your BBQ healthy and delicious!
On the grill:
-go for lean meats or fish instead of beef which tends to be higher in fat and calories
-make kebabs with meat and veggies
-use Boca burgers or veggie patties instead of hamburgers
-use 97% fat free hot dogs
-when choosing chicken go with the skinless option to cut out unwanted calories
-use low cal salsa's (click here for a great recipe), try new spices, or marinades that aren't fat based to flavor
-Grill your veggies too! Try THIS recipe for Grilled Asparagus Rafts.
-use wheat buns instead of white
-wrap your meat in large lettuce leaves instead of using buns if you're going low-carb
On the side:
-fruit and veggie trays are ALWAYS popular. Who doesn't love cold, crisp, cut up watermelon?
-make a fresh green salad...use whatever veggies or fruits you can get your hands on and make a fresh balsamic dressing to top it off
-buy baked chips instead of regular chips
-hummus and pita bread/pita chips make a great side dish and veggies dipped in hummus is divine as well!
-avoid mayo-based salads (you know the type...grandma's potato salad...prime culprit) they tend to be high in fat and calories
-corn on the cob.....enough said. (p.s. it's on sale 10 ears for $2 @ my fave Sunflower Market right now)
-try some delicious oven baked sweet potato french fries (I love em!)
-take advantage of the fresh fruits and veggies in season!
On the sweet side: meaning dessert of course...
-go for Dreyer's Grand Light Ice Cream/or a nonfat frozen yogurt, instead of the full fat kind
-try a fruity sorbet topped with fresh raspberries and blackberries
-if you're baking a cake or cookies use healthy substitutions
-Fruit! always a good dessert!
-find a lower fat options such as strawberry shortcake or a pudding parfait
-make rootbeer floats with diet root beer and nonfat frozen yogurt
Do something active! Take the time to go for a bike ride, hike, or walk. Involve the whole family in a game of football or steal the flag. Make it fun :)
Just remember Holiday doesn't mean Hay-day. Make smart healthy choices! Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, and be safe!