Healthy eating during grilling season

Healthy eating during grilling season

The summer season is upon us, and it’s time to enjoy one of summer’s favorite pastimes — the backyard BBQ. Barbecues are a great way to spend time with family and friends and to enjoy the warm summer evenings. What could be better than hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages, or BBQ ribs cooked over a grill. The problem with eating all of this red meat is that it’s high in saturated fats and cholesterol plus adds lots of extra calories to your meal.

Eating healthy during grilling season doesn’t mean you have to give up eating your favorite BBQ meals. It just means making some healthy adjustments to your usual fare. Whatever meats you plan on serving, make sure they’re lean — 93% lean ground beef or ground turkey, chicken sausages, boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, or pork tenderloin.Try some non-meat options – veggie burgers, salmon or tuna burgers, shrimp, scallops, or fish.

Make your meal tasty and nutritious by grilling a variety of vegetables and fruits to go with your main course. Get creative and make tasty kebobs of the veggies and fruits or combine them with your favorite meats or seafood. Add a green salad to go with smaller portions of your favorite coleslaw or potato salad.

A summer of slimming down

Believe it or not, slimming down during the summer may be easier than you think. Eating healthy during grilling season is just one way to to prepare summer meals without lots of added fat and calories. Take advantage of the variety of fresh vegetables and fruits that are in season during the summer. Eat a cup of fresh berries every day to get your daily dose of antioxidants. Have a fruit salad for lunch. Grill or roast your favorite vegetables to go along with your main course.

The longer days of summer make it easy to get out and exercise — swimming, biking, hiking, taking a long walk after dinner. There is no better time than summer to get outside, get active, and get in shape.

Keeping up the lifestyle

Just because the summer season comes to end doesn’t mean that you can’t continue building on the good eating and exercise habits that you’ve developed over the summer months. With shorter days and cooler nights, your backyard bbq’s may be over, but you can continue eating healthy off the grill and maintain an exercise regimen all year long. It’s all about adopting a long term health lifestyle, no matter what the season.

To help you maintain that healthy lifestyle, Ivy Health has developed a full body analysis scale. A scale for the whole family, the body analysis scales measure your weight and seven other important pieces of data about your body such as your muscle and bone bass and BMI. It helps you to maintain your weight and stay on track with your fitness goals.

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