Summer’s here, and that means outdoor cookouts with friends and family. If you’re trying to eat healthier, it can seem hard to find good choices at the picnic table. But you don’t have to hide out until September just to resist temptation. You can enjoy the best of barbecue season without padding your waistline by learning to avoid certain foods.
FOOD TO AVOID: Steer clear from Potato Salad
Creamy salad temptations like grandma’s potato salad are loaded with high amounts of fat, calories and sodium. It’s truly a bikini buster. After all, doesn’t grandma always say, “the more mayo, the better the taste!”
If potato salad is your downfall, make your recipe healthier by leaving the skins on the potatoes (for more fiber and nutrients) and choose nonfat Greek-style yogurt instead of mayo. Make creamy cole slaw more waist-friendly by reducing the fat in the dressing by swapping plain low-fat yogurt for half the mayo.
SWITCH TO: Baked Beans
Baked beans are usually a good choice, but opt for vegetarian varieties that aren’t made with bacon, if possible.
The happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic stops by the 10th annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party in New York City to find out how everyday people’s advice on enjoying a healthy barbecue.
Meet Mr. Divabetic on the red carpet at the American Diabetes Association Exp in Pittsburgh, PA and New York, NY and the Taking Control Of Your Diabetes Conference in Austin, TX in Fall 2012.#bbq
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