Just because you’re eating healthy doesn’t mean you have decline or shy away from attending summer BBQ’s or parties. It just means you have to be more mindful and make wise food choices. Here are some ideas to keep you on plan during this 4th without missing out on enjoying the company of family and friends.
• Eat before you go – Eating your fueling before heading to your event is actually one of the best ways to stay on plan. It will cut the edge off your hunger so that you don’t arrive at your party famished and ready to eat anything
• Offer to bring a side or main dish – Having healthy options not only benefits you and your choices of food, but you are encouraging others to eat healthy. You might be surprised how quickly your healthy side goes, make sure to get your serving quick.
• Drink a glass of water or seltzer before eating – Oftentimes, we think we are hungry, when we really are just thirsty. Try starting off with a glass of water or flavored seltzer as a way to hydrate. Also, if you are drinking water, you are less likely to guzzle down sugar-laden soda.
• Use small plates – Research clearly shows that people who choose smaller plates and utensils eat less without even noticing it. Try borrowing a plate from the kids table or the dessert tray.
• Do a lap around the buffet line before filling up your plate – Check out what foods are available instead of starting at the beginning of the buffet table and piling up on everything in sight. When we survey the selections first, we can pick healthy choices while keeping our portions under control.
• Go bun-less – Avoid the refined white bread and skip the bun or choose a lettuce wrap. You can also choose a fresh salad topping it with the burger, this makes for a delicious and nutritious meal.
• Eat slowly and mindfully – People who eat more slowly eat fewer calories over the course of a meal. BBQs are a perfect opportunity to pace yourself as you mix and mingle with friends and family. The more you’re chatting, the less you’re eating.