Feasting on BBQs without a Knocking Conscience
Whenever BBQ season creeps up from the corner, friends and family gather around a bountiful BBQ feast. Sadly, for those trying to maintain a healthy eating habit and lifestyle, they might not be able to enjoy the BBQ as much. 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. A huge advantage you have when you decide to cook from scratch is the opportunity to control what goes in the dish and how much is incorporated in it. Reducing the overall amount of additives can help decrease the guilt that you’re feeling. It’s true that the healthy aspect is crucial but so is the taste of the dish.
Premium meat are without a doubt the star of the show, but if you don’t want to deal with too much guilt then you can try trading in some of the meat for another. White meat, like chicken meat, is quite alright but you can substitute sausages for crab meat; these provide more benefits than what you initially thought. Aside from the fact that crab meat is delicious, it makes your BBQ session standout from all the average ones that only serve red meat; people loves a good amount of versatility in dishes served at events. 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. But you can only really avoid the delicious dishes if the alternative is just as scrumptious. Salad selections are great for getting your fill without almost any guilt; these are great options for guests that are vegetarians or have food intolerances.
Out of all the kinds of food out there, sauces are likely the worst when it comes to hidden calories and carbs. Compared to all the cream loaded sauces that you’d usually see, the healthier option would be vinegar dressings and salsas; not only that, but they’re the perfect choice for BBQs. Guacamole uses avocado, which is a superfood and as long as you keep the sauce simple it works out quite well.
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.