The 5 Best And 5 Worst BBQ Foods Headed to a BBQ this summer and worried what it’ll mean for your diet plan? The good news is that with a little preparation and some food smarts, you can get out with your diet intact. And no, it doesn’t mean having to turn your nose up at absolutely everything that’s being served. Let’s take a closer look at the best and worst of the BBQ food options available to you as you hit that event with your friends. The Best First let’s talk about the good. You might be surprised to know that there are many great options that you can eat that will be available at almost every BBQ event you attend. What are some of the good ones? • Grilled chicken A lean source of protein that’s also relatively low in calories, grilled chicken is almost always a safe bet. To make it even better, request that little to no BBQ sauce is used to prepare it (as BBQ sauce is quite high in sugar). • Corn On The Cob Nothing says summer like corn on the cob, so this is another fantastic option. Rich in fiber and moderate in carbs, it’s a safe side dish to add to your main protein source. • Grilled Potatoes If potatoes are being grilled, as long as they aren’t loaded with oil or butter, they too can be a safe bet. Sweet potatoes are even better. • Salads Just as salads are good at any time during the week, they’re great at your BBQ as well. The same rules apply: go light with any salad dressings and leave off any high-calorie add-ons like candied nuts, dried noodles, or cheese, croutons or bacon bits. • Fruit Salads If a fruit salad is being served, it’s another great choice. While it does contain sugar, it’s natural fruit sugar and also comes loaded with fiber as well. The Worst Now onto to the less smart options. You do need to be careful because BBQ calories can quickly add up . Here are what you don’t want to be eating. • Hot dogs Is hot dog even real meat? That is the question… this one is way too processed to be healthy, so leave it alone. • Hamburgers (especially with cheese) While burgers will supply you with protein, they also supply you with far too much saturated fat. And if you add cheese, it only gets worse. • Potato salad Potato salad may seem like a smart choice considering potatoes were listed above, but this dish is too often filled with high calorie mayonnaise, taking the calorie count way too high to be part of a regular healthy diet plan. • Pasta salad Likewise, pasta salad has the same problem and in addition to that, pasta is a relatively refined carb source, so not something you want to be considering. You can easily take in 300 or more calories per half cup serving of this food. • Chips Finally, if potato chips are being served alongside the burgers or main meat source, leave those off your plate. They aren’t healthy any other time and they certainly aren’t healthy while you’re at the BBQ. So keep these foods in mind and start choosing smart next time you attend a BBQ event. About the Author: David Quenneville FHMatch, all-in-one `Business in a Box! If you're a professional this is for you, it’s always FREE to showcase your profile on FHMatch ! Empowering professionals to engage, manage and grow their client base - everything you need to get started in 3 min or less. |Merchant Payments| Unlimited - No Fee Booking, Invoicing & Messaging| Showcase Photos & Videos, Subsidized Insurance| Twitter , Facebook , Instagram , Pinterest , LinkedIn It's always free to have a profile - join now and enjoy your 1st 30 days as a Premium member on us, no credit card required!