Memorial Day BBQ Healthy Alternatives

Planning something special for the Memorial Day weekend? I don’t know about you, but I have a Memorial Day backyard barbeque planned at my home on Monday to celebrate. Often the hardest part when planning a holiday party is finding the right foods to eat that won’t ruin all of the hard work you have done in the gym and in the kitchen. Making a few key choices or substitutions can make a world of a difference come meal time.

Watermelon Arugula Salad (click for recipe)

Pasta salad or potato salad are always a presence at cookouts but they can leave you feeling heavy and bloated. Why not make a quinoa salad instead? Add grape tomatoes, cucumber, red bell pepper, feta, and some spices to complement the rest of your meal. If you absolutely cannot go without pasta salad try using gluten free pasta instead of regular or whole wheat. Or try the recipe for Whole Foods Watermelon Arugula Salad by clicking the photo above.

Grilled Veggies

Resist the temptation to make potatoes, french fries, or other heavy carbohydrate rich foods. Instead why not grill some veggies? There is way more flavor and variety in grilled veggies. You can grill zucchini, corn on the cob, asparagus, and portobello mushrooms for example.

Whole Foods Chicken Sausage

Hot dogs and hamburgers are a staple when it comes to grilling, so why not go the extra step and find a healthier alternative? I will be grilling Whole Foods chicken sausage with gluten free buns, of course. I will also go organic with all of the toppings like mustard, ketchup and relish. These simple changes can make a world of a difference. I have been gluten free for months now, so why blow it on a hamburger bun!

Skip calorie dense appetizers or deserts and go with watermelon instead. Melon can actually help stave off hunger due to it’s high water content that creates a feeling of fullness. This also means that you will be less likely to over eat.

I hope you find something from my blog that you want to use for your healthy Memorial Day Barbeque! Enjoy your holiday weekend.

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Posted on May 25, 2012, in fitness, nutrition, weight loss and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I am going to try the hot dogs i love them but was looking for a healthier choice. awesome article

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