Sunday, May 22, 2011
It's that time again; grill, food, family, friends and fun. Time for a new kind of clean eating challenge. Can you resist the hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, pork and beans, potato salad, macaroni salad and ice cream?
Instead of turning this into an avoidance situation let's all think of it as another opportunity to either cook alternatives or choose wiser.
Here are some good swaps for classic favorites:
Hamburger: Turkey burger
Cheese burger (American processed "cheese"): Turkey burger w/ low fat feta cheese.
Potato salad: Potato salad made with greek yogurt instead of mayo, and egg whites instead of whole eggs.
Pork and beans: Homemade baked beans
Ice Cream: Fresh berry salad w/ yogurt
If you can make these things at your own barbecue than do it, if your attending someone else's barbecue, then choose better. Cut the hamburger up and put it on a salad instead of on a bun, choose green salads as sides, avoid the creamy based salads, and take a small portion of dessert.
Allowing room for fun and "cheat" food is good, but know your limits and try to choose better options or make better options when you can.