The 4th of July is upon us and you know what that means...family weiner roasts are a must. It’s tempting to shove unhealthy food into our bodies especially if Aunt Laura asks you one more time “Honey, what are you doing with your life? My friend Gertrude has a handsome grandson I could introduce you to.” At which point you could say “Laura I’m married. You were at our wedding.” You know saying anything will just turn into a fight so it’s just easier to stuff your face with another deviled egg. The good news is there are lots of healthy choices you can make while barbequing with the fam that won’t bloat your belly.
When going to a barbeque or a picnic it’s always a good idea to bring along a dish or two to guarantee there will be some healthy choices to fill up on plus the host or hostess will love you for contributing. BONUS! Cut up strawberries mixed with blueberries served with some string cheese, and yogurt on the side is not only festive but provides you with antioxidants and saves you tons of unneeded calories. Another idea is to scoop the inside of a watermelon out add some cantaloupe, honeydew, grapes and strawberries for a refreshing side dish. Maybe bring some coleslaw made with fat free mayo, or some grilled peaches. Shrimp and veggie skewers are a good option to bring or serve instead of hotdogs. If you’d rather not bring your own dish some ways you can cut out unnecessary calories is to have the hamburger but skip the cheese and bun. Watch the amount of beer you consume. I know sometimes it’s the only saving grace at these functions but many brands of beers have lots of empty calories. The same goes for soda pop. Hydrate yourself with water with a slice of fruit in it for some sassy taste.
Instead of focusing on the food get active. Play a little Frisbee, go for a walk or try bocce ball. It’s a fun way to stay connected with the people around you and you get to work up an appetite.