Football season’s here, which means meals on Sundays (and Mondays and Thursdays!) are anything but low-cal. Too many cheat days coupled with limited movement (we understand—you can’t miss a minute!) can pack on the pounds, fast.
The good news is you can have a tasty tailgate, without all the calories. Swap loading up on beer, brisket and buffalo dip for these healthy barbecue tips, courtesy of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA):
Eat Your Veggies… – Most vegetables can be grilled, imparting that same smoky flavor of barbecued meats with half the calories. To coax the most out of veggies, sear them over high heat, then finish them off on the top rack of the grill.
Season Right – Harvest season, that is! Pick up fresh produce for the grill at a farmers’ market each week. Barbecue it as soon as possible to maintain the just-picked taste.
…and Your Chips… – Apple- or cherry-flavored barbecuing chips can inject serious flavor into foods without the additional calories of marinades or oils. Try them out at the next tailgate—simply add them to the flame to reap their benefits.
Control Portions – Even healthy eats should be consumed in moderation. Skewer small portions of fruit, poultry, seafood or veggies to make kabobs—this will help keep portions in check.
…and Your Dessert – Grilling fruit brings out its natural sweetness. Try grilled mangoes, peaches, or whatever else is in season—don’t be afraid to experiment!
Source: Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA)