Healthy Summer BBQ Tips
As the thermometer rises with every passing day, the smell of bbq’s cooking mouth watering food fills the summer air. Don’t deny yourself these occasions but also keep in mind some very simple ideas to make it healthy and enjoyable at the same time. Here are the top 7 tips that Flex Fitness Personal Trainers recommend following in order to enjoy your bbq season and fight the bulge.
1 - Make a variety of yummy salads so you don’y get tired of the same old thing. Salads can be full of great flavours and very nutritious. Contact us for some of our favourite recipes.
2 - Use a lettuce wrap instead of a bun full of sugar and unwanted starchy carbohydrates. Lettuce wraps are easy to make and a lot cheaper.
3 - Try using ground turkey or veggie burger patties to cut down on the fat content, while still getting the protein needed.
4 - Reduce your portion sizes and limit the number of servings you consume in one sitting. Wait twenty minutes before you go for seconds. Often you will find you are plenty full and not needing that extra serving.
5 - Ideas for dessert options is to have a fruit platter or homemade popsicles from freshly squeezed juice, with no added sugar. You can use berries of any kind that are high in antioxidants but low on the glycemic index for fruits.
6 - Make some iced tea from freshly brewed tea that has been chilled. Sweeten with some natural honey and flavour with fresh lemons. Get very creative with this, you will be surprised how refreshing and great it tastes.
7 - Last but not least, DO NOT burn your foods to the point of adding unwanted carcinogens to it. These can be very harmful to your health over a long period of time. You can always put your food back on the grill to cook longer if it is under cooked.
We hope that these ideas have given you some good options for this coming BBQ season!