Top 4 Tips to Avoid Overeating at a Summer BBQ

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4th of July means summer BBQs! 

Barbecues are a lot of fun but they can be danger zones for our health goals. 

You're often standing around for hourssss eating and drinking. And especially since everyone else is munching, you want to be munching too! 

Here are 4 great ways to stay on track with your health goals this week. 

 

1. BE A NICE GUEST - BRING VEGGIES

Instead of chips, desserts, or booze, bring a platter of vegetables and salsa. A lot of times, people want the "fun" excuse to make an unhealthy choice, but they are actually happier (especially in the long run) if healthy options are available. 

Salsa is my favorite dip option because it's pretty much just cut-up veggies (so you're dipping veggies... in veggies!). 

Grab a bag of baby carrots and 2 bunches (is that the right term? You know what I mean!) of celery, chop the ends off the celery and then cut the stalks in half again, and voila, nothing more simple or more appreciated! 

Pro-tip: Keep the salsa in its jar so you don't have to keep refilling a bowl. 

Don't forget a platter! 

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2. ...OR BRING SELTZER! 

I really have an oral-fixation problem - something that really works for me to sip on throughout a party like a BBQ is seltzer. 

Again, it keeps your hands busy, seltzers can be very tasty, and you're still able to participate in the festivities! 

Here are some of my faves: 

 

3. SWAP OUT THE BUN FOR A LETTUCE WRAP 

You guys know I'm on the low-carb train. Swapping out the burger or hot dog bun for a lettuce wrap can save more than 100 calories per sandwich! 

If you love love buns (I get it) try sticking with 1 bun and choosing a lettuce wrap for the other items, or having an open-faced sammie. 

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4. SWAP KETCHUP FOR MUSTARD & PICKLES

Unfortunately, most of the ketchup sold in the store is 99% more filled with sugar than with real tomatoes (I made that percentage up, but seems right to me!).

Specifically: 1/4 cup of ketchup contains 16gm of sugar, while mustard contains 0 for the same amount. 

Also, if you're like me, it's wayyy easier to eat a whole lotta ketchup than it is to eat the same amount of mustard - so mustard can be an inherent way to control our condiment portions. 

 

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