We all love a good BBQ. But this time of year can be difficult for those of us who are trying to watch our weight. Here are my top 4 tips for staying healthy while not depriving yourself this summer:

  1. Ruin Your Appetite– Eating a small, protein-filled snack before heading to your BBQ may seem silly but is actually your best defense against overeating. Choose a yogurt with fruit, a handful of almonds, a hard boiled egg, or an apple with nut butter. You will head into your BBQ feeling more in control.
  2. Scout out the whole buffet before filling your plate– Check out all the options available instead of just choosing the first foods you see. Fill your plate with mostly healthy choices, then add a small portion of your favorite treat food.
  3. Go bun-less– Have a burger on top of a salad for a delicious, nutritious meal. Or use 2 grilled portabella mushrooms on the outside of your burger for a healthier “bun.” As your starch, choose corn on the cob for a more fiber-filled option.
  4. End on a sweet note– Enjoy a fruit salad for dessert. Or try grilling fruit. Grilled pineapple, peaches and pears are great on the grill and the fruits’ natural sugars will make the dessert so sweet, that you won’t need to add a thing.

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