We hope you had a great Memorial Day Weekend! Welcome to the unofficial start of summer and barbecuing season! While the food coming off of the grill tastes as good as it smells, be careful not to reverse the hard work that you put into getting into summer shape! Here are a few tips to help you navigate the summer eating scene without having to add a few notches to your belt.
Eat More Fish and Chicken: Fish and chicken provide excellent sources of protein and serve as heart healthy alternatives to traditional red meat options. Try salmon or trout, which are both packed with heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids. When grilling chicken, stick to breast meat instead of legs and thighs as chicken breasts provide the best bang for the buck in terms of grams of protein versus grams of fat and calories.
Get Fruity: Grilled fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals and fiber and provide a delicious, low calorie alternative to traditional cook-out side dishes. Kebabs are a great way of incorporating fruits and veggies into your grilling menu.
Avoid White Flour: Instead of traditional white or potato bread options, eat high-fiber breads and buns such as whole wheat, whole grain, and buckwheat. Or, you can enjoy tasty grilled fruits, veggies, and protein options without the bun!
A Different Type of Burger: Turkey burgers offer a lean substitute to traditional beef burgers. Bison burgers offer another lean, tasty, and hearty alternative. Bison burgers are high in protein and very low in fat and cholesterol. Additionally, bison meat contains very high levels of CLA, which works as a fat-blocker and anti-carcinogen.
Follow these tips during the barbecuing season and enjoy a guilt-free menu all summer long. Have fun out there!