Barbecue Season 101
BBQ season is upon us!! Which means burgers and booze are in the air! But don’t worry, we can help you stay on track with your health goals this summer. Follow these tips to keep your waistline in check!
Say goodbye to the usual hotdogs and hamburgers! Upgrade your mains to chicken, turkey skewers, fish packed in foil, shrimp, or even marinated tofu! These healthier options will take your BBQ to the next level. Focus on veggies by trying to make vegetables take up half your plate. Assembling veggie kabobs is an easy way to keep veggies in their place (try cherry tomatoes, zucchini chunks, pepper slices and mushrooms).
When buying foods such as burgers, veggie burgers or pre-marinated skewers choose ones that have more iron and lower amounts of saturated and trans fat and sodium. And when buying buns, always go with whole grain! Be aware of the sodium content when buying marinades, BBQ sauces, and condiments. Choose brands that have lower amounts of sodium.
When choosing snacks veggies and dip are a good idea. Store-bought dips can save you time, but be sure to chose ones that have lots of fibre and calcium, and less sodium and saturated and trans fat.
Important reminder! The serving size isn’t necessarily the portion you should eat. The serving size is the quantity of food used to calculate the numbers in the Nutrition Facts Label. Be sure to check the serving size and compare it to how much you are planning on eating. If you eat double the serving size, then you’ll need to double the calories and the amount of nutrients listed.
When it comes to drinks, keep it simple. A pitcher of water with lemon, lime or fruit slices can freshen up any barbecue! And we can’t forget about dessert! Try grilled fruit with plain yogurt!