Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

Today is the day we celebrate America's independence by going to parades, watching fireworks, and enjoying the company of friends and family.  But everyone knows that no 4th of July party is complete without an awesome BBQ! Hot dogs, hamburgers, beer, chips, cake, know, all the good tasting, but not good for you stuff.

It can be sometimes be difficult to stick to your diet at a party, especially because eating is such a social thing. If you're trying to watch your waistline, the answer isn't "don't eat," but rather just "eat right."
The last thing you want to do is wake up tomorrow morning and regret everything you ate last night, so here are some tips to keeping your Fourth of July as healthy as possible:

  •  Opt for the grilled leaner meats like chicken and beef. Avoid the wings and the ribs smothered in endless amounts of sugary barbecue sauce. 
  • If you're having a burger, try to use a whole wheat bun. You should also load up your burger with as many veggies as possible, rather than filling it with cheese and mayo. 
  • Stay away from the chips. Just don't even look at them. Make salad your side dish, or if you want something to snack on, grab a plate of fruit or vegetables.
  • Use a smaller plate. This one may seem silly, but by using a smaller plate, you can trick yourself into thinking that you're actually eating more food than you actually are because your plate will be full. 
  • Be mindful of your drinks. Sodas and alcoholic beverages are just empty calories so be weary of your intake. Of course it's okay to crack open a beer with your bros, but make sure not to go overboard. Some tasty healthy drink alternatives include cold-brewed iced tea with lemon, or fruit infused water. 
  • Watch your dessert! Cake, cookies, popsicles, and ice cream are always tasty summer time treats but your waistline will not be thanking you if you over-indulge on them. If you absolutely can't resist, keep your portions small, just enough to satisfy your cravings. An even better option would be to just have a big bowl of fruit.

We wish everyone a happy, safe, and healthy Fourth of July!

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