Let's face it, barbecues, summer cookouts and endless afternoon picnics can seem daunting when you're trying to lose weight. But the good news is that you can keep your bikini body while you party!
As the barbecue grill is brought out, so is the lingering question "Is barbecuing healthy?" and, you'll be happy to know the quick answer is "it can be!". There are several types of barbecues, and I recommend using either a wood or coal fire barbecue or an electric barbecue. It's best to avoid gas barbecues, as the heat used to cook the food is produced by the combustion of either propane or butane. Since studies have not ruled out that food can absorb the residue produced by the combustion of these gases, it's best to stay away from this particular method.
Avoid overcooking food so that the hydrocarbons (resulting from the combustion of wood and the resulting smoke) do not penetrate what you ultimately will put in your body! To cook food thoroughly without charring it, place the grill at least 10 centimeters above the coals, as studies have shown that hydrocarbons are non-existent in food cooked this far away from the heat.
A big factor is the accompaniments to a barbecued meal, including condiments like mayonnaise and heavy sauces like barbecue sauce and Béarnaise. Bread is also to blame - since the rolls found on the buffet are usually those made with white flour and boast a high glycemic index. Other potential pitfalls are the chips, beer, wine, mayonnaise-based salads and ice cream that are often served.
So what can you do to keep barbecue from wreaking havoc on your weight?
Vary your protein by trying different types of meat, fish and shellfish. Even though skewers of chicken, beef and lamb are most common, why not try "fish kebabs" - salmon, cod, hake and shrimp will work just as well!
To keep meat and fish juicy with no added fat, remember to cook in parchment paper or aluminum foil.
For the accompaniments go for raw salads, on their own, or mixed with a little brown rice or whole-wheat pasta.
If you must have your burger on a bun, opt for whole wheat.
Fresh fruit salad is a yummy and refreshing dessert that is much lighter than ice cream - and equally satisfying!
Dreaming of endless cool-down treats, poolside drinks and BBQ appetizers? Keep these smart substitutes at hand for a beach-ready body all summer long!
Snow cone = 500 calories with sugar-rich syrups and ice-cream VS 5 calories by substituting splenda-based syrup!
Hot dog = 250 calories plus high in saturated fat VS 60 calories by substituting organic turkey hot dogs!
Fried Eggroll = 250 calories VS 80 calories by substituting an unfried spring roll!
Beer = 150 calories VS 90 calories by substituting low-carb beer!
Horchata = 100 calories VS 55 calories by substituting a cold glass of almond milk with almond syrup and Truvia!