By Diana Breault
DHAC Weight Loss Motivator
Cookout season is about to arrive. The lovely warm weather is the perfect time to break out that grill and sizzle away your meals. Cheeseburgers, hot dogs, ribs, and chicken are usually on the menu, with sides of grilled vegetable kabobs and pasta salad.
Grilling is one of the healthiest cooking methods that you can use, but untrimmed fats on meats can cause some extra calories and the marinades may be high in sodium. Be sure to check the nutrition facts before marinating your steaks. Enjoy the taste without the extras.
As far as your side dishes go, try to use low-fat mayo for your potato salad and low-fat Italian dressing for your pasta salad. These are staple side dishes that are provided at your typical cookout, so make sure you are considering the most healthful options when preparing them.
When you think of cookouts, you might also think of the “picky” foods, such as chips, pretzels and party mixes. Bowls full of these snacks can be danger zones for dieters. It is an open invitation for mindless eating. This provides an easy-to-grab technique, so you can just grab and gab. If these bowls of tempting treats become a little too overwhelming, grab a seat far from them.
As your cookout draws to a close, spark up a fire and make some delicious S’mores. One bar is only 143 calories. It might be that simple little treat you need to make it through the cookout clean up.
Cookouts allow you to enjoy great company, delicious food, and sunny weather. Take pleasure in, your friends and family, the foods you eat and the delightful sunshine. Enjoy the warm weather blowing in. Before you know it, we will all be complaining about how cold it is.