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How to Create a Low Calorie Summer Barbecue


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Many of us enjoy summer barbeques. For some, this event is a yearly summer tradition where the entire family gets together. However, an important thing to remember during these particular events is that majority of the foods we consume are laden with calories and unwanted fats. So what can you do in order to make the next backyard barbecue a low calorie fest?

Let's start with appetizers. At a regular calorific barbecue, some of the items we may see on the picnic table include salty chips, creamy dips, and fried finger foods. Although all of these snacks are delicious, they can sure help you pack on the pounds. So instead of these greasy entrees try to cut up some fresh veggies or create your own garden fresh salsa or low calorie dips. Simply make your dip with low calorie ingredients and opt for baked chips instead of their greasy counterparts. As for the grill part of the meal, most popular items include hamburgers, fatty sausages, and steaks. All of these choices go completely against a slim waist. So what can you place on the grill so that you don't feel guilty about abandoning your diet? Some great alternatives include skinless chicken breast, fresh fish, pork tenderloin and fresh veggies. Your meal will still be delicious but your calorie intake will be cut in half.

Dessert is one of the most exciting parts of a barbecue, especially for the kids. However, your kids have a higher chance of burning off those calories during a barbecue. Some great alternatives for those of us with a slower metabolism include watermelon wedges, chilled fruit medley or a low calorie gelatin snack. Who knows, maybe even the kids will love a cool watermelon wedge on a hot summer day. These are just a few ideas towards a low calorie barbecue.

Lauren S. Johnson writes health articles about fitness and nutrition.

Some of her favorite passions include studying the medicinal benefits of herbal remedies, diet pills , and hoodia gordonii .


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