Beautiful sunny weather finally arrived in Brighton and Hove, and we all love a good BBQ when the sun is out! Do you want to make you BBQ special and unforgettable? Make it a healthy one!
Tips for staying in shape through the Summer BBQ season:
1. Pay attention to portions.
Use these 3 memorable points of reference:
– A tennis ball = about 1 cup (your clenched fist as a rough estimate). This measure is useful for scoopable sides such as potato, pasta and bean salads.
– Your cell phone = about 3 ounces meat. This measure comes is useful for steak, chicken and fish.
– Your thumb = about 1 tablespoon. This measure comes in handy when you’re trying to estimate dressing or a spread. Most full-fat salad dressings have 50 to 100 calories per tablespoon; mayonnaise is another one to watch!
2. Fill up on vegetables first.
Eat loads of green salad — with 1 tablespoon of dressing, preferably one that’s lower in fat.
3. Have a little lean protein.
Studies show that, gram for gram, lean proteins help you to feel fuller than carbohydrates or fats, so enjoy a little bit of what’s grilling: a lean-beef burger, a piece of chicken or fish – maybe some tofu?
4. Don’t go crazy with starchy carbs.
If you’re trying to keep a cap on calories, limit yourself to 1 cup (in total) of starchy side dishes, such as potato, pasta and those delicious bean salads. Visualise a tennis ball—that’s about the size of 1 cup or the size of a woman’s fist.
5. A little sweetness is good, but more is NOT better.
Go easy on those desserts, soft drinks and alcohol – they are all supper high in sugar.