BBQ season officially started up this weekend and with that comes along lots of chips, dips, and other not-so-healthy snacks. And this also happens to be the very time of year that many of us are wanting to look our best for the summer. For ladies that means wearing a swimsuit on the beach without a cover-up. For guys that means being shirtless by the pool.
Avoiding all that garbage food that shows up at most BBQs and summer parties can be part of your strategy for eating well this time of year. Fortunately, there are some simple strategies for making this happen. So let's get to it!
Most of us know that eating more whole foods (especially vegetables) and less processed/packaged foods will lead to better health...weight loss, prevention of chronic diseases...and help us to physically and mentally feel on top of our game.
So instead of reaching your hand into that huge bowl of Doritos you are better off hanging out near the platter of fresh veggies. The trouble is that most dips that you buy in the store are processed and full of fillers, chemical additives, unhealthy fats, preservatives and other crap. The solution? Make your own!
Below is a quick and easy Mediterranean-inspired recipe idea that goes great with fresh veggies and will curb your craving for salty junk like chips and pretzels. But first, here are some simple strategies for handling the snack table at a BBQ or pool party...
Strategies for Healthy Snacking at a BBQ
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Megan Ántoni Placa, MS, CNS