Food & Wine
Healthy Hacks for your Summer BBQ
You’re SO GOOD all week! Bringing fruit to work, avoiding the office birthday cake, getting in that dreaded cardio, and even avoiding beer (mostly)- because it’s bikini season!
GRAZING at a BBQ can add over 1100 calories to your day- and that’s NOT including alcohol or a burger.
Don’t be the drag on a diet… Use these healthy-hacks to stay lean and be an #INSTA worthy host.
Potato Chips < Zucchini Chips
Just grazing? 50 chips are easy to eat. Let’s see the difference….
Potato chips have …
10x more carbs than zucchini chips
Double the fat
More than DOUBLE THE CALORIES
This swap saves you 120 calories
For Zucchini Chip Recipe go to MyCustomCleanse.com
“Wholly” Guacamole < Trader Joe’s reduced-guilt guacamole
They’re both at the store… so the effort is equivalent (score!) Trader Joe’s is cut with 0% greek yogurt so it has HALF THE FAT for the same serving
No way Jose!
Stick to 4Tbsp and this swap saves you 50 CALORIES
Lemonade < Infused Lemon Water
Powdered lemonades have excess sugar, dyes, and preservatives. You can get an Insta worthy pitcher (and picture) with cut-up fruit of your own. Go au-natural… pour ice and 1 liter water over 2 lemons, 2 limes and 4 strawberries
Comparing one 8 oz glass … This swap saves you 135 CALORIES
Ice cream < DF whip ‘n berries
Sure it’s no prep, but 1 cup of Breyers chocolate-chip ice cream has 14x the fat compared to this home-prepped, dairy-free whip ‘n berry layered dessert. One more opportunity to show off your hosting skills with little time and minimal effort.
Layer as you wish; ½ cup blueberries, ½ cup strawberries, and 1 cup SoDelicious CocoWhip Light- for 1 serving that is equal in serving size and half the calories!
This swap saves you 125 CALORIES (BONUS: dairy free)
Traditional 5-layer dip < Healthy chili dip
If you’re going to make a 5-layer dip, you want it to be delicious! Make a few swaps and eat without the guilt, plus…
- Double the protein
- Cut the carbs in HALF
- Lower the fat by 82%
This EASY Recipe is below and serves 8
- Cook 1lb ground turkey (99%) in broth, S&P and chili spice. Sautee and drain any excess oil
- Allow to cool (about 20 minutes) then put in bottom of dish (large glass serving dish)
- Dollop, then evenly spread 10 oz 0% plain greek yogurt over the turkey
- Dice 3 tomatoes and sprinkle evenly over the greek yogurt layer
- Take your Trader Joe’s reduced-guilt guacamole (1 cup) and dollop over
- Finish by topping it all with 1 cup diced mango
- Option to add a few chunks of diced tomato and cilantro as garnish
- Serve with a plate of romaine lettuce and mini spoons; think 5-layer-dip lettuce tacos. No need for MORE chips.
This swap (1 serving dip + using lettuce wraps instead of chips) saves you 258 calories
In review, your BBQ feast would still include chips with guacamole, lettuce wraps with 5-layer-dip, lemon-flavored drinks, AND a cold dessert. Totaling approximately 429 calories. (That’s less than a protein-box chicken wrap from Starbucks!)
The original BBQ menu (in comparison) would have cost you 1110 calories. That’s without alcohol, burgers, or mixers included.
Be smart. Be hack-happy. Keep that summer bod rockin’