The Ultimate Guide to Dinners

How to have a Guilt Free BBQ Feast

Planning gatherings with family and friends is bound to involve a hearty BBQ feast for everyone. Unfortunately, if you’re on the road towards a healthier lifestyle or you’re going on a diet then get ready to miss out on the fun. Just thinking about all the tasty cuts of meat, bread and sauces can break down your determination to eat healthy and that’s just one issue; as the host, you need to take into account the tastes of the guests.

Don’t fret, enjoying an abundant BBQ feast without breaking your healthy habit or your budget is quite possible. You need to plan ahead and think of the dishes with the help of your favorite cookbook, even though you’ll likely tweak some of the recipes a bit to fit the theme; you have to know all that goes into the dish. By taking the time and cooking from scratch, you can actually control the portions, seasonings and ingredients that go into the dish. The simple act of decreasing food additives already helps lessen the guild you’ll feel when you actually eat it. Do take note that the health aspect of the dish is one part and the other relies on taste.

Premium meat can satisfy you as well as add to your guilt; one way you can solve this is by substituting some of the meat for other quality meat alternatives. Chicken and other white meat are just fine, but try serving crab meat instead of sausages; you’d be surprised at the benefits it can offer. Not only is crab meat delicious, but they can be the star of your BBQ sessions and gathering; people enjoy versatility in dishes being served. What’s great about a BBQ is that you can choose what goes in your plate; you can serve all the premium meats that you’re avoiding and not be forced to partake. The easiest way to avoid these temptations is to have an alternative that’s equally tasty. Salads provide a healthy and delicious alternative that can actually fill you up; not only that, but these are great choices for vegetarians and for people with food intolerances.

In reality, sauces have the highest amounts of hidden calories and carbs compared other food. The healthier option for sauces would be vinegar dressings and salsas; avoid the cream loaded sauces. You don’t often think of guacamole when eating BBQ, but if you keep it quite simple it can actually compliment the dish; guacamole uses avocado, which is a superfruit, thus is healthy.

BBQs are not solely about the food, it’s just a reason to go and spend time with the people closest to you. It’s crucial to look for the perfect balance so everyone actually enjoys the food, even those that don’t want to feel all that guilty afterwards.

Supporting reference: Figuring Out Meals