The summer is finally here, which means one thing – it’s time to get grilling. If you’re a fan of a family BBQ, I hear you! There’s nothing better than inviting your nearest and dearest to your home and making them a real feast. It’s a great time to catch-up and celebrate with your loved ones. But wait, how can you make sure it’s a healthy affair? Here’s what you need to know.
Get the protein you need
There’s no reason that you can’t enjoy BBQ season while still staying healthy. One of the best tips that you can try is focussing on getting the right type of protein. Lean meats, such as chicken breast, offer a massive protein punch without too much fat. Grilling a breast or two on the BBQ could be a simple way to avoid piling on the pounds.
If you’re a vegetarian, there are plenty of sources of meat-free protein sources you could try. For instance, you might want to put a bean and lentil burger on the grill or enjoy a soy-based treat. Of course, you also need to load up on veggies too!
Avoid nasty fats
One of the major problems with grilling is that many people use fatty foods! Processed burgers, hot dogs, and red meat may all contain high levels of saturated fat. Studies suggest that there’s a link between a diet high in saturated and coronary heart disease. The best way to avoid health problems in the future is to cut down on these food groups now. Eating lean alternatives is a simple answer!
Control your food portions
When you’re having a ball of a time at a BBQ, it’s deceptively simple to lose track of how much you’ve eaten. Drinking alcohol has been shown to increase your hunger levels and make you want to eat more and more. This can be a serious issue as you might find that you binge-eat a load of unhealthy foods. That could add pounds to your waistline.
Exercising portion-control is often easier said than done, but you should give it a try. Keep a mental note of what you’ve eaten and opt for smaller portions when serving yourself. You should also slow down when you eat so that you give your body a chance to acknowledge that you’re actually full.
Choose healthy, filling sides
Side dishes are a massive part of BBQs and you can have a lot of fun with them. Opting for accompaniments that are healthy whilst being filling. For example, whole grain salads and faux grains, such as quinoa, could be the way to go. These dishes are high in protein but low in fat. That means that when you eat them, you get full fast while still being healthy.
The key here is balance! When you’re dishing up your food, make sure that you include some vitamin-packed salad dishes and grains as well. Oh, and if you’re hoping to slim down this summer, you might want to give the French fries a miss.
Make your own sauces
Store-bought sauces might be convenient and tasty but they could be packed with more sugar than you can imagine! A tablespoon of ketchup contains around one teaspoon of sugar. So, when you’re slathering your burger with the stuff, you might as well be dipping it in a bowl full of sugar. Believe it or not, many of the calories come from the sauce.
One way to get around this problem is to make your own burger sauce. A simple method would be to cook some chopped tomatoes in a skillet and then add fresh chili, and crushed garlic into the mix. This sauce will not only be flavorsome but healthy too.
Play around and stay active
Here’s the golden rule: BBQs are social events! Sure, you should eat and enjoy some grilled food but don’t forget to have some fun too. Playing some sports or games during the day will keep you active. That means that you will burn off some of the calories that you’re consuming while having a good time. Win-win!
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