Barbecue foods can be high in saturated fat, low in fiber and packed with calories. This summer, follow these tips to help make your barbecue experience both tasty and healthy.
It's BBQ Time!
If you're trying to maintain your shape or lose a few pounds for bikini season, don’t fret, there are many healthy and delicious foods to substitute on the grill this summer. Nutritionist Tanya Zuckerbrot has your guide to healthy summer eating!
Skip the Barbecue Sauce
Barbecue sauce is one of the most popular condiments out there, but it's not the best thing to slather on your chicken if you're watching your calorie intake.
"One tablespoon of sweet barbecue sauce has 20 calories, 4 carbohydrates and no fiber, " Zuckerbrot told FoxNews.com. "Although this doesn’t seem like a lot of calories, who only uses 1 tablespoon of sauce?"
She said eliminating sauces can be an easy way to cut calories.
Grill Lean Meats, Fish
Lean meats, such as chicken, fish, turkey, and sirloin provides less calories, saturated fat and cholesterol than high fat meats, such as dark meats, hot dogs, and full fat hamburger meat, Zukerbrot pointed out.
"One ounce of lean protein has 45 to 65 less calories and five to eight grams less fat than high fat meat, " she added. "Opt for chicken or shrimp skewers instead."
But if your hamburger craving is a must, choose USDA Select or Choice grades of lean beef trimmed of fat, such as ground sirloin.
You would be surprised to learn that dark meat chicken with skin contains more calories and fat than a hot dog and hamburger:
Barbecue chicken (2 pieces): 390 calories, 20 grams of fat
Hot dog: 260 calories, 17 grams of fat
Hamburger: 245 calories, 10 grams of fat
Whole Wheat Buns
Choose whole grain buns: Whole grain products have more fiber than white bread. Remember fiber is the indigestible part of carbohydrate that provides bulk without any calories. Fiber fills you up without filling you out.
Skip the 'Fatty' Salads
Yes, it's hard to do, but try and skip the potato and pasta salad.
"Traditionally made potato and pasta salad are loaded with calories and fat, " Zuckerbrot said."They provide excess calories in the form of carbohydrate without any fiber, which may cause drops in blood sugar, making you feel lethargic and irritable an hour after you eat them."
Potato Salad: 1 cup: 430 calories, 24 grams of fat
Choose Booze Wisely
When it comes to alcohol, some choices are better than others.
"So, if you want to have a drink in the shade and you are a beer-lover, try low-carb beer, " Zuckerbrot said. "Otherwise, chilled white wine is always yummy or vodka and crystal light tastes great, especially when it is blended with some ice."
"Alcohol plus sun can equal headache and dehydration, " Zuckerbrot said. "Therefore, it is important to drink adequate water when the sun is hot, especially if you are drinking alcohol."
Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD is a nutritionist and founder of She is also the creator of The F-Factor Diet™, an innovative nutritional program she has used for more than ten years to provide hundreds of her clients with all the tools they need to achieve easy weight loss and maintenance, improved health and well-being. For more information log onto www.FFactorDiet.comcoworking space fitzrovia hoxton coworking coworking sheffield find a coworking space coworking apartment building leeds coworking space virtual coworking kingston coworking space coworking space kingston coworking space benefits coworking space website best coworking spaces coworking space southampton coworking space south west london coworking spaces benefits coworking space leicester coworking space north london peckham coworking space coworking space cheltenham coworking space cornwall cheap coworking space london coworking locations coworking camden coworking space london day pass flexible coworking space cost of coworking space edinburgh coworking space coworking hammersmith coworking space chiswick soho coworking space coworking event space coworking cafes coworking wales coworking office spaces coworking spaces edinburgh open coworking space 24 hours coworking space coworking space event fora coworking space coworking space richmond coworking space brands coworking space finsbury park second home coworking 24 hour coworking space coworking space liverpool street coworking south london opening a coworking space coworking nottingham premium coworking space coworking bath coworking spaces brands coworking hackney free coworking space near me coworking space 24 hours coworking uk coworking space events coworking liverpool coworking space cost coworking benefits coworking space leamington spa the benefits of coworking spaces lisbon coworking spaces list coworking space coworking spaces europe book coworking space list of coworking spaces coworking space exeter coworking stratford coworking canary wharf coworking spaces events coworking space st albans coworking your apartment building design coworking space coworking soho coworking madrid coworking space marylebone coworking space branding coworking meaning coworking space mayfair coworking apps benefits of coworking coworking belfast regus coworking space coworking spaces in london coworking east london the hoxton coworking nottingham coworking space coworking home office coworking space reviews coworking paris coworking design coworking space requirements coworking space norwich coworking app coworking space surrey coworking offices london coworking space listing coolest coworking spaces coworking spaces brighton day pass coworking space london coworking space dubai cool coworking spaces coworking space athens coworking space fulham coworking peckham coworking space holborn coworking oxford coworking office near me sheffield coworking space coworking space europe coworking south wales coworking space review coworking fitzrovia coworking spaces dubai coworking spaces leeds coworking space list coworking space madrid coworking richmond coworking in london coworking space portsmouth coworking space milton keynes coworking spaces bath affordable coworking spaces coworking space guildford coworking offices coworking space maida vale how does coworking work we work coworking space hubble coworking coworking space startups coworking space ladbroke grove coworking space westminster space coworking coworking old street coworking curitiba bigorrilho colony coworking startup coworking spaces coworking space nearby coworking space stoke newington coworking office design coworking victoria kings cross coworking space coworking space network coworking space meaning