Watch out though as some of those delicious BBQ treats will be doing your healthy bodies no favours. From mayonnaise-laden "salads” to fatty burgers, it’s a big NO ladies and gentleman! Don’t waste all your hard work and efforts at the gym getting prepared for summer by tucking in to calorific BBQ food and drinks…
Now what if I told you we could help you get through BBQ season without piling on the winter pounds? Well look no further… We have the answers for you right here! Use this as your guide to a healthier and virtually fat free summer BBQ!
Why not enjoy some barbequed veg it gives it great flavor… it’s so good it almost feels naughty! Throw some peppers, onions, cherry tomatoes and button mushrooms on the BBQ. You could even toss them in olive oil, salt & pepper for a real hint of flavor!
Loose the Bun!
Grill meats that don’t require a bun to eat – steak, shrimp, fish, and chicken breasts for example. All rich in flavor with no need for the extra carbs!
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with Fruit
Instead of having the usual cakes and ice cream, serve fresh summer fruit, most fruit will be gorgeous this time of year so don’t let it go to waste! You could even throw fruit on the grill with balsamic vinegar thrown over for a unusual but delicious summer-time treat. Watch out for those sticky hands though… wet wipes are a must for fruity BBQ times!
Mix It Up
Instead of drinking beer, why not become a cocktail maker for the day and whip up fruity summer cocktails! Encourage guests to get involved making their own fruity concoctions, which will definitely beat the heat and cut the calories! Get shaking guys!
Spice It Up
Instead of using heavily salted sauces on your meat after it is cooked, use spice rubs or light marinades. This will reduce the need for added salt and create a gorgeous flavor! Be sure to wipe your hands after handling the spices, getting it in your eye will be very painful and is definitely not a good look!
Notice Your Buffet
Your buffet is often the place where people spend time going back and forth to all day, so you need to make sure your buffet is relatively healthy… of course with the odd treat thrown in but we don’t want to be putting our guests in a ‘food coma’ now do we? Keep it light and fresh until the main event is ready from the grill – make it exciting with fresh and colorful ingredients, such as vegetables and hummus, and fresh watermelon slices. It is also essential to keep our hands clean if we are handling ‘finger foods’, leave a couple of packet of hand wipes around the table, and I’m sure your guests would be more than happy to give their hands a quick wipe!
Keep Food Cool/Out of the Sun!
On the topic of food, always remember to keep your food as cool as possible before serving it to your guests and keeping it away from the sun by placing it in an area that’s slightly more shady (perhaps under a big tree?). As well, some food don’t do very well such as meats, dairy, cut food like fresh fruit, salads and prepared foods. When you’re having a great time with all your guests and soaking up the sun, just always remember that your food will be doing the same and bacteria multiplies in hotter conditions.
Summer BBQs are usually long warm days – beat the heat by staying hydrated, always make sure you pour yourself a glass of water on a regular basis, especially when drinking alcohol too!
Do you have any BBQ tips to share?