Surviving and Enjoying

by Colleen Salsman

Surviving and Enjoying Summer BBQ’s

Here in Alberta our summers are so short it’s important to take advantage of the occasional good weather. The summer BBQ season is a great time to get together with family and friends. These occasions do not have to be filled with decadent and fat laden foods. Great tasting food doesn’t have to equate to high fat, high sodium foods. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy summer BBQ’s and parties.

  • Have a small protein shake prior to attending your function you will eat less.
  • Drink 2 liters of water per day quite often thirst is mistaken for hunger.
  • If you are attending a “Potluck” avoid bringing dishes that contain dairy and processed fats i.e. corn oil these products are high in fat, even low fat dairy is still too much fat for the average adult.
  • Instead choose veggie dishes and dishes containing high quality protein.
  • Avoid white rolls, pasta salads instead choose a baked potato or baked sweet potato, veggie salads and green salads.
  • Sweet potatoes are high in fiber and beta carotene.
  • Eliminate creamy dressings, choose a vinaigrette or a lemon based dressing.
  • Choose spice rubs and home made marinades instead of processed BBQ sauces containing high fructose corn syrup, salts and dyes.
  • Select a smaller plate (lunch size) and do not go back for seconds, it takes your brain 20 minutes to register satiation.
  • Insist on serving yourself this ensures you select only the foods you want as well as the portion size.
  • Chew your food thoroughly
  • Avoid dessert but if you must have something choose fruit or herbal teas.

And finally practice saying "I’m full thank you".


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