Summer BBQs are one of the surest signs that winter has finally surrendered and warm temperatures are here to stay. Who doesn’t love heading over to a friend’s place to grill out and have a great time?
However, if you find yourself partying too much or attending too many of these social BBQs, you’ll notice that your healthy habits begin to deteriorate. Does that mean you have to stay locked up in the house all summer and avoid fun social gatherings at all costs?
Not a chance…
Check out these 6 tips to survive summer BBQs this season without sabotaging your healthy nutrition habits.
1. Eat before you go. You don’t have to be a nutritionist to know that the hungrier you are, the more likely you are to cheat. If you show up at a BBQ hungry, you are going to indulge in things that you’ll regret later. Instead, eat a small meal right before you go; you’ll have more self-control and you’ll fill up faster as well.
2. Use a small plate. This one’s pretty simple – use a smaller plate and you’ll eat less. There’s even research to back this one.
3. Fill up on fruits and veggies. This is a great choice for a multitude of reasons. Fruits and veggies tend to be cold, which is nice during those hot summer days. Additionally, they’ll have less calories and more nutrients than most of what’s coming off the BBQ grill. Snack on these as much as possible and you’ll be less likely to over indulge on less healthy items.
4. Careful with the condiments. No matter how many veggies you eat – if they’re lathered in ranch, you’re not doing yourself any good. BBQ sauce, ketchup, mustard, and most salad dressings are usually loaded with fat, calories, and salt. Use condiments sparingly – just enough to enhance the taste a little bit and not a drop more!
5. Be smart with your beverages.
You can down hundreds of calories in just a couple of adult beverages if you aren’t careful. Water is going to be the best beverage for your healthy habits – it’s calorie free and it prevents dehydration
. If that’s out of the question, try to limit yourself to just one or two over the duration of the BBQ. And, whenever possible, stay away from the beer! Distilled vodka or tequila with a low calorie mixer is usually going to be a better option as far as your caloric intake is concerned.
6. Stay active. Don’t just sit around at the BBQs this summer. Play frisbee, volleyball, badminton, hacky sack… just get up and move around! If you manage to burn a couple hundred calories during each social event, that will offset a couple of those condiments or beers you couldn’t keep your hands off!
With these tips in your arsenal, you will be well prepared to take on any BBQ that summer has to offer.
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