Warm weather, sunny days, pool parties and cookouts help define some of the best times during the summer. While you spend time soaking up the rays and enjoying fresh fruit you may also be more aware of your eating habits and seeking ways of improving them.
Whether your trying to maintain a healthy diet or start one check out this list we put together that’ll help you navigate your way around those backyards BBQ’s for the healthiest foods available!
Tip 1: Limit Food Deprivation
- Don’t deprive yourself of foods you enjoy! Stick to portion control and choosing one favorite dish, saving the rest for the next cookout.
Tip 2: Lean Meats or No Meats
- Keep an eye out for lean meats such as skinless turkey or chicken breast and go ahead and add some barbecue sauce since there’s no need to worry about added sugar.
Tip 3: Fill that Plate Up!
- Before looking at other options get your plate started right with half of it containing fresh fruits and veggies. Going for these options first allows you to fill up on nutritious low-cal foods giving you a more well-rounded diet!
Tip 4: Beans, Beans, Beans…
- Go full steam ahead on any bean options. A hearty bean salad or baked beans are a great way of getting good fiber and protein into your diet. Plus you’ll be full for longer and not weighed down by heavier foods.
Tip 5: Can’t Beat Corn on the Cob
- Summer on a cob, otherwise known as the typical go-to healthy pick for cookouts. You can’t go wrong with corn on the cob seeing as it’s high and fiber making it a great choice. Eat it plain or with salt and butter just be mindful of added toppings.
Tip 6: A Little Less Bun for Your Burger
- A plain patty might sound boring but you’d actually be cutting back on refined carbohydrates. Still, sound boring? Opt for wrapping up that burger in lettuce or eating it with only half a bun.
Tip 7: Veggie-Up Your Kebab!
- Look for the kebab with more veggies than meat and if possible look for a kebab with leaner protein options!
Go Easy on Yourself
Lastly, summer’s about enjoyment so don’t be too hard on yourself! If you don’t stick to your meal game-plan that’s okay, just try again next time. So go out there and dig in!
We hope you have a safe and happy 4th of July!