As springtime settles in and the weather is consistently warm, our typical get-togethers with friends and family transition from indoor festivities to outdoor soirees. Surrounded by the smoky smell of the grill, fresh greenery and the people you love most, these outdoor gatherings make the warmer months the best of them all.
These days of sunshine and merriment also come chock full of food… and some of this food is better for us than others. We’re all for spoiling ourselves on the weekends, having a bit of what makes us happiest – a chilled glass of white wine, some decadent chocolate, or your favorite type of pizza. These parties, though, can be filled with not-so-good-for-you choices… and there are certainly tactics you can use to get the most delicious foods at the party while staying healthy!
Step One: Fill Up First
Going to one of these fun social events when you’re ravenous is guaranteed to make you run straight for the food and fill your plate without a second thought. If you find you’re super hungry beforehand, eat a small salad, apple, or other healthy snack before you go. This ensures that you’ll only go for the stuff you really want when filling up your plate.
Step Two: Roam the Perimeter
When first approaching the food table, peruse the perimeter once before making your selection, eyeing the foods you absolutely need. This way, you pick the best of the best (you’ll see delicious stuffed peppers, for example, before you see the lumpy corn dogs), and can pick and choose from the full selection that’s available – both health-wise, and taste-wise.
Step Three: Fill Your Plate Wisely
When filling your plate with scrumptious foods, pack wisely. Start with the fresh fruits and veggies, which take up a good amount of room, and then move on to the cooked stuff. Choose things you don’t normally make at home to take full advantage of the event, spoiling yourself with the foods you love most!
Step Four: Drink Well
If you’re going to be diligent about your eating, you may as well watch your drinking too. Limit yourself to a few glasses of your faves to keep your intake in check. And the less sugar the better – splash some soda water in your favorite cocktails to lessen the sugared-up juice factor.
There you have it! Four steps to a healthy backyard BBQ. How do you remain steadfast to your healthy lifestyle during summer soirees?