It’s another Labor Day long weekend and the coolers are coming out, filled with beers and pop and all the good stuff! Well what you might consider the “good stuff” could be detrimental to your health and your body’s progress to achieve peek physical fitness. All is not lost though, there are some great alternatives to drinking beer and pop or stuffing your face with greasy meats. Check out these great alternative ideas that will taste great and keep you lean over the long weekend in conjunction with your home fitness routine.
Typical BBQ Food Vs. Healthier Alternative
Beef Burger vs Vegetable Burgers/ or Turkey Burgers
Beef Burgers Vs. Turkey/ Bison/ Vegetable/ burgers
Beef Hot Dogs Vs. Turkey Hot Dogs
Beef Sausage Vs. Turkey Sausage
White-bread Buns Vs. Quinoa Salad/ Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Red meats are higher in saturated and trans fats (bad fats) so cutting down on these and replacing them with alternatives is the best way to ensure a healthier meal. Opt for chicken breast on the grill instead of beef or pork products.
You can’t have a BBQ without your sides.
Sweet Potato Fries with Sea Salt
French Fries with salt and ketchup seem to be a staple for BBQ’s. A healthier alternative could be sweet potato fries(baked) with sea salt, It’s a great alternative to stay away from chips and dips.
For your sweet potato or macaroni (made with rice) salads use organic low fat mayonnaise (preservative free) and incorporate more vegetables (red and green onion, etc).
Use Heart-healthy oils like extra virgin olive/coconut, walnut and macadamia, which have no trans fats and have multiple health benefits.
Skip the high-calorie cream dressings and salads such as Caesar and create your own salad dressing by combining extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and dried herbs.
Make a garden or spinach salad healthier by adding fresh fruit or vegetables, or even a combination of both to the mix.
Add some healthy nuts to your garden salad (walnuts and pecans are excellent choices).
Whatever you choose this long weekend remember the saying “you are what you eat”. So if you are a lean, health conscious person who plans on staying lean, then keep yourself away from the traditional BBQ foods and opt for some of the healthier alternatives available to you.
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