With the charcoal flames turning up long into the summer nights, we’re back with some waist-traps look out for at your next backyard bash. Here are five healthy choices to keep your body bikini-ready (and your stomach happy) all season long.
- LIMIT THE KETCHUP
Everyone’s favorite condiment can be a total calorie buster. While ketchup is derived from vitamin-rich tomatoes, it can also contain quite a bit of salt and high fructose corn syrup, a high-caloric sugar substitute that has been attributed to obesity, weight-gain and high blood sugar. Enjoy ketchup in moderation and, whenever possible, go organic with brands that feature simpler recipes with just tomatoes, vinegar, salt, pepper and spices. Other alternatives to ketchup? Homemade salsa, mustard and even a dash of hot sauce will do the trick!
- DITCH THE SUGARY DRINK MIXES
Frozen drinks like daiquiris and pina coladas are par for the course when partying poolside, but common mixers like soda, juice, tonic, and pre-mixed cocktail concoctions can become big giant calorie-bombs. Opt for a lighter libation like a cold glass of wine or, if you must have a cocktail, go with your choice of spirits – vodka, tequila, rum, whiskey, or gin – blended with fresh fruit purees like lime, watermelon, peach or cucumber and garnished with hand-picked herbs like mint or basil. Looking for a healthy mocktail? Serve a collagen cocktail with Reserveage™ Nutrition Collagen Replenish™ Powder.
- MIND YOUR SALAD
Salad is an obvious choice at the barbecue buffet but they can easily have tons of hidden waist-traps, too. Instead of iceberg lettuce, opt for dark leafy greens like spinach, kale and arugula. Swap calorie-heavy mayo-based salad dressings for vinegars, yogurt-based, hummus or avocado dressings or simple extra virgin olive oil and lemon to turn up the flavor.
- SWITCH TO FISH
Burgers, hot dogs, chicken and steak are all-American favorites, if possible, opt for fish at your next barbecue. Packed with essential fatty acids like Omega-3s and Omega-6s, and healthy minerals like zinc and selenium, fish such as halibut, trout and wild-caught salmon, steamed lobster, oysters and shrimp can be lighter on the waistline and deliver heart-healthy benefits, too. Plus, these minerals support your collagen!
- DON’T LET MEAT YOUR GET A SUNBURN
Beware of food-born bacteria that can form by leaving meat out for hours at a time. When cooking, make sure you are meeting the minimum cooking temperatures! Invest in a meat thermometer, and make sure your burgers, meat and steaks have an internal temperature of 160°F. And don’t let leftovers bake in the sun—toss them or get them in the fridge!