Have a Healthy Barbecue: Part 1
With the warmer weather and longer days, summer is a great time for grilling outdoors. However, traditional barbecue favorites aren’t always the healthiest options. Good Measure Meals has got your back! Check out this series of tips from Good Measure Meals Registered Dietitian, Alissa, to help you navigate barbecue season while staying on track with your health goals.
Tips & Tricks
RD-approved ways to stay on track with health goals during the summer barbecue season
• The Plate Method-Barbecue Style: The “Plate Method” is a great tool for building a balanced meal without having to count calories or measure portions. It works in any setting, including a barbecue. Fill half your plate with fruits and veggies (think salad, grilled vegetables, fresh fruit salad, sliced watermelon), ¼ with a lean protein (like a skinless grilled chicken breast or lean turkey burger) and ¼ with a healthy carb (such as corn-on-the-cob or a whole wheat bun) and you’re good to go!
• Moderation: A healthy lifestyle is about balance, not deprivation. Fill the majority your plate with nutritious foods like lean meat, fruits, veggies, whole grains and heart-healthy fats, but save a little room for a special treat. Whether it’s like your aunt’s famous mac & cheese or your best friend’s peach cobbler, serve yourself a small portion and savor every bite.
• Change the Focus: Make your barbecue about more than just the food by focus on friends, family, fitness and fun. Enjoy the sunshine, relax, spend quality time with your loved ones. Being outdoors for a cookout is a great opportunity to fit in physical activity: toss around a football, put up a net for badminton or volleyball, or set up a game of corn hole or horse-shoes.
• Bring a healthy dish: Whether you’re a guest or a host at a summer barbecue, a great way to make sure there’s at least one healthy option you can enjoy guilt-free is by bringing it yourself. Incorporating seasonal summer produce makes for a dish that is colorful, tasty and nutritious. Try this nutrient-packed recipe that features three powerhouse summer veggies: corn, soybeans (edamame) and bell peppers.
- 1 lb shelled edamame
- 3 cups corn kernals
- 1 chopped red bell pepper
- 3/4 cup sliced green onions
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
- 1/2 cup chopped red onions
- 2 Tbs. chopped fresh oregano or basil
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 Tbs. Dijon mustard
- 2 Tbs. olive oil
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Shell & steam edamame. Drain & rinse with cold water.
- Combine main ingredients in large bowl, set aside.
- Whisk dressing ingredients together in small bowl.
- Add dressing to main ingredients. Toss to coat.
• Flexible Support to Fit Your Lifestyle: Summer is the perfect time of year to grill outdoors and enjoy seasonal produce, but you can still have structure and support for the rest of your day with a Good Measure Meals Breakfast & Lunch only plan.
• Need to reset after a big weekend of food-related activities or overindulgence? Get right back on track Monday morning with a Good Measure Meals meal plan. Browse menus.
• Want more support? Individual nutrition counseling can help you navigate the summer BBQ season while pursuing your health goals. Schedule a free 10 minute nutrition coaching call with a Good Measure Meals Registered Dietitian. Learn more about nutrition services available.
This post was contributed by Good Measure Meals Registered Dietitian, Alissa Palladino.