SWEET SUMMERTIME! Who doesn’t love to kick off the season with a super fun Summer BBQ? Oh, wait, your health goals? Nope, they don’t need to take a back seat to the Summer barbecue we’ve got your back! These simple tips will help you stick to your plan and rock the Summer BBQ full on! So let’s do this!
Stick to your goals and still have fun at the Summer BBQ! Follow these easy tips for maximum flavor and fun at every BBQ this Summer!
1 // Bring Something To The BBQ
This is perhaps the easiest way to handle going to any event where food is involved and you are committed to your goals. Summer BBQs are all about sharing, right? You may not be able to control everything being served, however, you can definitely have at least one thing you can eat by bringing it yourself. Whether it is vegetarian, vegan, Paleo or Keto-friendly, or just a lighter option, bring it along and share away!
2 // Use Smaller Plates
Big on portion control? While you might be bringing a dish to share, busting out your digital scale and measuring cups might be a bit over the top. Make the decision beforehand to use smaller plates for your selections. It’s easy to overdo the Summer BBQ goodies. Scaling down and opting for smaller bites will keep you in check all the way. Small bites add up to big results!
3 // Focus On The Veggies And Fruits
Fill your (smaller) plate with the veggies and fruit first, then add lean protein and sides later. Ignore all the desserts and chips for the time being. A word on salads of any kind: Keep an eye out for dressings and other additions that might be a source of hidden fats. Take a smaller serving so you can enjoy while keeping unhealthy ingredients to a minimum.
4 // Be Discerning With The Drinks
Determine your beverage strategy prior to arriving at the super fun Summer BBQ. Here’s another area where you might be well-served by bringing your own. This ensures you have the selection you want. Water is the best. Have a refreshing summer cocktail followed by water. Feel free to put it right in a fancy glass with a twist of lemon or lime, and you can feel special while knowing your choice is bringing you closer to your goals!
5 // Eat Just One Thing at a Time
We love this one! This is a simple trick that prevents overeating, especially if you like to clean your plate. Grab a small plate and choose just one type of food, whether it is grilled chicken or a pile of veggies. When you’re finished and find you’re still hungry, then you can go back for the next thing until you are full! Summer BBQ success!
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