We have all been there: 2 hamburgers deep, 3 sparkling cocktails in, repeatedly grazing past the chips and salsa. And don’t forget the ice cream. Happy Fourth of July!
But you don’t have end your day sunburned, deafened from fireworks, and feeling like a slug from the carb crash. (Well, maybe the first two are a requirement of a holiday weekend.) Here are a few ideas to keep you close to your “good eating” path.
- Ditch the bun. Filling up on carbs — especially carbs with a high glycemic index, like white bread, potato chips, and ice cream — are calories destined for high fat storage. Ditch the bun and wrap your burger in lettuce. Less carbs and gluten free.
- Grill lean meat. Turkey burgers are a great substitute for beef. And even if you stick with the traditional beef, choose a leaner cut. You can always switch it up and grill up some chicken. Put a little of my favorite Organicville BBQ sauce on top and you wont feel like you’re missing out on anything!
- Load up on the grilled veggies. Skip the chips and baked beans that are loaded in sugar and grill up some summer veggies. Vegetables are full of fiber and will keep you full longer.
- Don’t skip meals. Eat the same way you would on a normal day. Do not save your calories until the end of the day for the BBQ - this will cause you to overeat.
- Portion control! In general, you know not to eat more then a burger. Sometimes splitting a large one in half may not be a bad idea depending on your size. And don’t let those pesky carbs sneak up on you. Keep it to smaller portions … so you can indulge in that ice cream later.