Here are a few tips that will make it easy for you to stay on your diet while hosting or attending a BBQ. If you have an indoor grill, BBQ season can be any season, so it’s important to lean how to stay on track all year round.
A Good Start
For a good start, go easy on side dishes like the high-calorie potato and pasta salads. These types of side dishes can add on up to 10 grams of fat per serving and contain up to 20 grams of carbohydrates. Another one to avoid is the baked beans. Often times they can be loaded with sugar. A one-cup serving has 2 grams of fat and over 47 grams of carbohydrates.
These and some other side dishes such as macaroni and cheese can be high in calories and fat. However, keep in mind that you can still have a few bites to taste them. Then you are less likely to go overboard later.
Portion control is also a key part of any diet. The liver can only process, at one time, the amount of food that is about the size of your fist. So hold your fist above your plate as you put the food on it. Keep the amount of each item to approximately that size. Then eat your food slowly because it can take up to 20 minutes for your brain to know that your stomach is full. Also remember to stay away from second helpings.
Sweet Tooth Alternatives
If you have a sweet tooth, go for fresh fruit instead of the cake or ice cream. Pineapples or peaches are fantastic on the grill. Use large pieces and coat them in healthy light cooking oil. Then grill them on a high heat. For a dessert that will give you an energy boost, grill a few slices of tart green apples and drizzle with cinnamon spiced honey. Do not leave fruit on the grill for too long or they will get mushy fast.
There are many healthy vegetables that you can BBQ. Buy the freshest, firm vegetables your market has to offer. Cut your vegetables in big pieces or put them on skewers in smaller bite-size pieces. Just keep the pieces all about the same size for even cooking. Coat them in low-calorie oil so that they do not stick to the grill. Zucchini that is sliced long ways and sprinkled with garlic salt and black pepper is a healthy side dish that everyone will love. Asparagus wrapped in low-fat turkey bacon is crunchy, salty and sophisticated. Wrap the bacon around the asparagus with toothpicks to secure, but remove them before serving.
Choose low-fat meats or trim the fat, and use a dry rub or low-fat marinade instead of high-calorie BBQ sauces to flavor your meat. Shrimp, for instance, marinated for 15 minutes in olive oil, lemon juice and a splash of white wine makes a tasty main course.