It’s summertime and it’s BBQ’s galore! Don’t let overeating and too much junk food prevent you from getting on those water-skis or making it through a softball game. Check out this healthy summer eating guide.
If you’re going to be hitting up some summer cookouts here are some tips to still eat healthfully and feel good.
Watch out for those fancy beverages Don’t let the umbrella, and fruit skewer trick you.
On average sangrias, margaritas, and fruit wine coolers can range anywhere from about 300-800 calories so be aware sugary drinks can add up fast while providing little to no nutritional value. Also, if you’re the kind of person who cares less about what they are eating when tipsy you may want to add some veggies to your snack plate vs. junky foods. If you are going to drink, try sticking to the basics or mixing liquor with a calorie-free beverage. Make sure you are staying hydrated with water and taking your time enjoying your beverage. The recommended amount is still 1 drink for women 1-2 drinks for men. You can still keep drinks fun without all the added sugar! Try my Strawberry Vodka Lemonade or Pineapple Lime Mojito! Get some festive summer drink glasses and make a tiki bar!
Easy on the chips and dips
Who actually eats one serving of chips? It’s easy to overdo it, especially with the delicious creamy dips and cheesy queso. Even guacamole can add up quick (a serving size of avocado is ¼-1/2). Try to sub in some sliced veggies like pepper slices, jicama, carrots, cucumbers and pair them with a yogurt-based dip or hummus.
Face it, brauts and burgers are fatty meats, not quite lean protein
Let’s be real, most meats at BBQs are cheap and not the highest quality. Unfortunately, some of them are more than our daily amount of saturated fat allowance! Enjoy a rib or two, split a sausage, but I would go for the grilled chicken or fish if available. By having a lean protein on the plate it may help keep you full and satisfied longer without the acid reflux.
Summer salad or…heavy calorie bomb?
Creamy pastas, potato salads and lettuce soaked in dressings can be a little less healthy than we think. These sides are fine in smaller portions but don’t forget about adding some nonstarchy veggies. Green salads, carrots, celery, lettuce, onion, tomato and grilled veggies are always a good thing to add to your cookout meal.
With all of that being said,
it’s great to enjoy some of those summer time favorites in moderation but I also encourage bringing a creative veggie dish, a fruit-based dessert, or a leaner protein option for those summertime get togethers. You might be surprised how good they turn out!