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.

Here is our choice of some amazing BBQ recipes that will certainly satisfy your taste buds:

1. Jerk Pork and Pineapple Skewers with Black Beans
Jerk Pork and Pineapple Skewers with Black Beans

2. Mexican Corn on the Cob
Mexican Corn on the Cob

3. Paillard of Chicken with Lemon and Herbs
BBQ Season

4. Halloumi Kebabs with Thyme and Lemon
Halloumi Kebabs with Thyme and Lemon

5. Coleslaw Tahini and Yogurt Dressing
BBQ Season

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