Nothing says summer quite like barbeque! Good old Texas barbecue is a staple for spending time with family and friends throughout this season. But trying to lose weight when it’s barbecue season can be tough.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to practice healthy eating while getting your grill on! You can still enjoy that tasty sauce and slow cooked flavor with a few strategic tweaks.
Use these tips to eat healthier at your next barbecue:
Healthy Eating When You’re Hosting a Barbecue
It’s easiest to keep your calories and fat in check when you’re the cook. Try these tips to splurge on flavor and skimp on calories. Your guests will thank you for offering healthy options, too!
- Barbecue chicken or lean cuts pork
- If you barbecue beef, opt for less fatty cuts such as lean brisket
- Use herb or citrus seasoned vegetables for flavor
- Swap out lettuce wraps or veggies like eggplants for buns
- Steam food in tinfoil to get more flavor with less sauce
- Grill veggies as a side (just not carb-heavy options!)
- Make your own healthy barbecue sauce
- Offer salad that barbecued meat can be added to
- Use lime or lemon juice (or olive oil) in place of butter
Healthy Eating When You’re a Barbecue Guest
Eating healthy at a barbecue someone else is hosting can be a little trickier. There are still ways to enjoy your buddy’s barbecue without busting your calorie budget, though.
- Eat meat without the buns, biscuits, or bread
- Take the skin off the meat you eat, and make sure to trim off the fattier bits
- Choose roasted veggies over cold mayo-heavy salads
- Rub a lime on your corn on the cob instead of butter
- Opt for the lowest calorie meat option (poultry or pork)
- Drink a lot of water so you feel fuller
Most importantly, you’ll need to practice portion control! Just because everything’s bigger in Texas doesn’t mean the portions have to be. This is especially true when it comes to beef. But, as long as your feast can fit on one plate, you should be able to minimize your calorie intake.
Healthy Eating When It’s a Potluck Barbecue
Potlucks are great when you’re on a diet. You’ll have a chance to eat small portions of less-than-healthy barbecue foods…but you’ll also get to bring your own lighter option. Choose a healthy side dish like:
- A fresh green salad
- Grilled summer veggie salad
- Fruit salad as dessert
- Guacamole and baked chips
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