Indulging in BBQ without All the Guilt

Whenever BBQ season creeps up from the corner, friends and family gather around a bountiful BBQ feast. Unfortunately, if you’re on the road towards a healthier lifestyle or you’re going on a diet then get ready to miss out on the fun. Imagine all the bread, sauces and fatty slices of meat and how they can destroy a week of hard work and that’s just one problem; if you’re the host, of course you have to consider the preference of your guests.

Don’t fret, enjoying an abundant BBQ feast without breaking your healthy habit or your budget is quite possible. The first step is to plan ahead by choosing and following the cookbook of your choice even if it means that you have to adjust the recipe to suit your summer needs; you have to know exactly what goes in the food that you’ll eat. By taking the time and cooking from scratch, you can actually control the portions, seasonings and ingredients that go into the dish. The simple act of decreasing food additives already helps lessen the guild you’ll feel when you actually eat it. Do take note that the health aspect of the dish is one part and the other relies on taste.

In reality, premium meat is undeniable tastier and healthier and to help deal with the guilt that you’ll feel you can substitute some of the meat. White meat, like chicken for example, are just fine but sausages can be replaced with crab meat; there are numerous benefits to this simple substitution. Aside from the fact that crab meat is delicious, it makes your BBQ session standout from all the average ones that only serve red meat; people loves a good amount of versatility in dishes served at events. What’s great about a BBQ is that you can choose what goes in your plate; you can serve all the premium meats that you’re avoiding and not be forced to partake. The easiest way to avoid these temptations is to have an alternative that’s equally tasty. Salads are delicious choices, not only are they incredibly healthy but they are great options for guests that are vegetarians or may have food intolerances.

In reality, sauces have the highest amounts of hidden calories and carbs compared other food. The healthier option for sauces would be vinegar dressings and salsas; avoid the cream loaded sauces. You don’t often think of guacamole when eating BBQ, but if you keep it quite simple it can actually compliment the dish; guacamole uses avocado, which is a superfruit, thus is healthy.

BBQs are not solely about the food, it’s just a reason to go and spend time with the people closest to you. Find balance in the dishes you’ll serve by considering the tastes and preferences of guests; even those that don’t want to wallow in guilt after an amazing meal.