Friday, July 2, 2010

Quick Tips to Take to your July 4th Cookout:

Hey guys, the 4th of July is right around the corner and if your like me, you traveled for the holiday!? Holiday cookouts are always a fun time to splurge, hang with friends and family and kick back! I love holiday parties like this; especially the kicking back and relaxing part..man, am I good at that ;)

Well, just before your weekend of mayhem, I wanted to make sure I gave you some
Quick Tips to Take to your July 4th Cookout:

Grill lean meats: Grilling meat is one of the healthiest ways to cook, it's low fat and gives great flavor with minimal work involved. Some lean meats to enjoy this summer: chicken, flank steak and ground meats (leanest are round and sirloin).

Veggies: vegetables can make a great side dish but often get a bad rap or get pushed aside. Skewer some summer quash, bell peppers, onions and mushrooms and throw them on the grill! Simple and flavorful low fat cooking! Don't be surprised if people oogle over this, tons o' kudos!!

Creamy Salads: scream CAUTION! Either steer clear of the potato salads and coleslaw to resist the temptation or just give yourself a taste. These are LOADED with calories and fat. Maybe offer to make a healthier version for your party...the crowd will thank you!

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Make something: offer to bring something (like potato salad), and find a "healthier" way to make it; Using low fat mayo versus full fat. This way you know it's a "safe bet"

Mocktails: I know your going to want to throw back some cold beers so make sure their light however, for those who just don't feel like drinking anymore try a mocktail! A sparkling flavored water with a splash of fresh lime juice is refreshing and won't bust the belly. My favorite brand of sparkling water is by target, it's wallet friendly and definitely waist friendly at 0 calories per serving!

Dessert: grilled pineapple for dessert with a sprinkle of cinnamon or go fresh with watermelon, either way it's the lowest calorie choice of all 4th of July treats, I can guarantee that!


Most importantly, be safe, healthy and have fun!

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