With BBQ season officially in full swing we wanted to share a few tips on how to balance enjoying the party and staying on track with your health and weight loss goals. You don’t need to sacrifice one for the other this summer! Check out my top 8 tips below.
1. DON’T GO TO A BBQ (OR ANY EVENT FOR THAT MATTER!) STARVING
Have a light snack before you go like string cheese, a hard-boiled egg or a small handful of nuts.
2. STILL DECIDING ON WHAT TO BRING? OPT FOR A VEGGIE-FILLED DISH!
Volunteer to bring the veggie tray or a veggie-heavy side dish. Not only will you be looking out for yourself here, but the host and other guests will thank you!
3. INSTEAD OF A FREE FLOWING DRESS OR LOOSE SKIRT…
Wear something a little more form fitting such as a part of jean shorts. You’ll be more likely to stick to your limit when not wearing “expandaware”!
4. VEGGIES FIRST!
Avoid grazing on chips while waiting for the main meal – fiber-rich non-starchy vegetables can easily be substituted for chips and dip and save you a ton of unnecessary calories!
5. ANOTHER WAY TO KEEP PORTIONS IN CHECK…
Once the grilling is complete is to use the “plate method” by drawing an imaginary line on your plate and fill half of it with non-starchy veggies (such as leafy greens) and divide the other half between a starchy carb and protein. When It comes to the starchy carb choose between a side such as corn, or potatoes or a bun (opt for whole grain if available) instead of having all. After 10-15 minutes if you still feel hungry after finishing your plate go back for seconds of the veggies or one of the leaner protein options being offered.
6. CHOOSE CONDIMENTS AND TOPPINGS WISELY
Opt for mustard over ketchup or mayo for less added sugars and saturated fat. Try topping your burger with fresh vegetables or avocado instead of cheese.
7. IF PLANNING ON DRINKING ALCOHOL
stick to 1-2 drinks max and drink 2 glasses of water in between each drink to stay hydrated, especially if spending the day outside in the hot sun.
8. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SUMMER SEASON AND ENJOY SOME FRESH FRUIT FOR DESSERT!
Red and blue berries are always festive staple dessert ingredients at any Memorial Day or 4th of July party (another idea if you’re still not sure what to bring!).
Last but not least…ENJOY! Remember that a holiday is ONE day – not a week! Enjoy it all (food, friends, fun and family) – one day out of your routine wont make or break your progress!