Summer is undeniably about getting together with friends or family, and catching up with a bite to eat. That smoky smell of the grill lingers through the air as you kick back and relax, enjoying an ice cold soda. I mean come on, who doesn’t love that, right? Not so fast; however, before you know it, a simple cookout with your friends could cause you to consume double your normal caloric diet in a day. There are many average cookout foods (and drinks) that you may want to think twice about before you load up your plate. I am going to give you a few pointers before you plan your next get together.
First and foremost, check the quantity of food that ends up on your plate. With a big spread of food, I know it can be quite challenging not to grab a little bit of everything or even go back for seconds. My recommendation is to stick to one protein source, one carb source, and the normal fruits and veggies. By giving your body a good mix of nutrition, you will find your belly fuller, making those urges to reload on food less of a problem.
Another key to enjoying a cookout while staying healthy is to think about the different meat sources. Everyone does love a big juicy steak, or a nice greasy burger, but those are usually what gets you in the most trouble. Turkey burgers are a great alternative to normal beef burgers and generally, the consumer won’t even be able to tell the difference unless you tell them.
Lastly, but surely not least, it is important to watch what you consume as far as beverages go. Sodas and juices are filled with sugar that can ultimately make you hungrier and wanting to grab another snack. In addition to this, it may even dehydrate you if you’re out in high heat. The best substitutes for these drinks are water or tea.
Cookouts in summer time are one of the greatest perks the season brings upon us. However, that doesn’t mean you have to make unhealthy choices in order to enjoy them. By keeping some of these different options in mind, you will have no problem enjoying the summer weather, with delicious food, while staying healthy all at the same time. That being said, go out and plan your next get together with some friends or family and spread the healthy lifestyle with everyone!
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– Tyler Kloss