Summer BBQs: A Survival Guide

BBQs and cookouts are synonymous with summer and warm weather. Grills are being fired up, meat is being seasoned, drinks are being poured – it must be July in Edmonton. If you’re committed to healthy eating, BBQs can be a dangerous place, as they’re often full of fatty foods, loads of sodium, and alcoholic drinks full of unnecessary calories. The good news is that by making smart choices, you can get the most out of your summer months.

Make smarter choice on the grill.

  • Turkey burgers and sausages, salmon burgers, tuna, shrimp, and grill-friendly tofu are all delicious and heart-healthy alternatives.
  • To increase your fruit and veggie intake, try some kebabs! Bell peppers, onions, pineapple, and zucchini are all fantastic when skewered and grilled.
  • If you’re not sure if healthy options will be available for you, bring your own! Make a little pre-made meal of veggies and lean proteins that can be tossed on the grill.

 

Don’t forget about proper portions!

  • Have a light, protein-full snack before you head out so you don’t overstuff yourself.
  • Start with hummus and veggies, roasted chicken, nuts, or a hardboiled egg to fill you up. That way, you won’t overindulge later in the day.
  • Remember your portion sizes! Indulging is fine, but remember not to go overboard.

Hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate some more.

  • Make sure you limit your alcohol intake. Alcoholic beverages not only contain a ton of extra sugar and calories, but they also cause dehydration.
  • If you decide to drink, make sure you’re following every alcoholic beverage with a tall glass of ice water.
  • Even better, skip alcohol altogether and opt for a refreshing sparkling water with a lime wedge.
  • Non-flavoured sparkling water is calorie-free and is a great substitute for an unhealthy fizzy drink.

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