Monday, May 25, 2009

How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Memorial Day and Summer BBQ's

Weekends are hard enough (when it comes to food) when a holiday isn't attached! For me, memorial day marks the beginning of one of my favorite times of year: BARBECUE SEASON! BBQ is synonymous with summer. Love it! But with the re-emergence of potato salad, hamburgers, hot dogs, and lots and lots of saucy (read: high sugar, lots of calorie) condiments into our diets, you don't have to throw your hard work out the window. Here are a few things to think about:

  • Fill up on fruits and veggies! YAY, my favorites are finally in season! (And this year I planted a square foot garden...more on that later...the EASIEST, CUTEST garden ever! I can't wait for the harvest!)
  • Go easy on the condiments. You don't need as much mayo-ketchup-chippy-dip as you think!
  • If you're grilling, why not cook veggie kabobs? YUM!
  • Turn down the AC. Believe it or not, you eat less when you're slightly hot! Try a slightly uncomfortable 78 degrees instead of 72.
  • Portion control. When I go to a family BBQ, I usually need a second plate to hold all my food. Do I really need to fill half a plate with potato salad? Probably not.
  • Exercise! Take advantage of all that summer has to offer...WAY more opportunities for fitness. I'll need it to balance out my caloric intake! Yikes!
We're doing yard work today (meaning keeping my kids from picking the freshly planted flowers). I'm hoping to burn enough calories to justify a hamburger or two. What are your Memorial Day plans? Have fun, and take a moment or two to remember those who have worked so hard to preserve the freedoms we enjoy! God Bless America!


Diane said...

We went to a high school grad party/BBQ yesterday. You're right about al the high calorie foods that come with the season....and it's all so hard to resist!!

Lyenna said...

I don't resist that's the whole problem. This is why I've started doing doubles. I love to eat, especially summer foods:)