Memorial Day kicks off Summer BBQ season. While we all look forward to enjoying our favorite summertime treats and basking in the sunshine with friends at BBQs, picnics, and other seasonal festivities, we don’t enjoy the feeling of guilt that can follow. With a little forethought, we can fully partake in the fun without busting our healthy eating plans. Here are a few handy tips from our Chief Nutrition Officer, Tami Lyon, MPH, RD, to help you stay on track towards your goals throughout the season!
1) Don’t arrive too hungry. Have a small healthy snack before arriving to make sure you aren’t ravenous as soon as you walk in the door.
2) When you arrive, grab a calorie-free beverage to both start filling up your stomach and to occupy your hands and mouth while you survey all of the options available at the barbecue.
3) Strive to have just one plate of food. When filling up your plate, start with veggies, then choose your protein. Leave a smaller space for those higher-calorie foods such as traditional potato salads and desserts that you want to enjoy, but not overindulge in.
4) If you finish your first plate and you’re thinking about going back for seconds, take the time to have a MealEnder or catch up with some friends to allow your body time to feel full.