Tips for a Healthier Cookout
Beautiful weather, friends and family, delicious food – it’s hard not to love a picnic! But special get-togethers like these can often mean calorie-rich treats. Before you head to your next cookout, remember to choose mindfully. A typical picnic plate, like the one pictured below, can easily be over 1,000 calories. Try these tips for making the most of your picnic plate – the healthy way.
- If you plan to enjoy treats like brownies or potato chips, skip the bun for your burger.
- Make half of your plate vegetables and fruit.
- In general, plates filled with more colorful choices tend to be more nutritious and have fewer calories.
- Portion size matters: 1 cup of mayonnaise-based potato salad has more than 350 calories. Aim for ½ cup, which is about the same size as ½ of an apple.
- Try grilling fruit as a sweet and tasty treat.
- Beer and cocktails can add hundreds of extra calories and may make you more likely to indulge in extra calorie-rich treats. Opt for unsweetened iced tea or water with cucumber slices and basil.
- Many people tend to eat a little more during special gatherings, and it’s important to balance your calories for the rest of the day (by eating a lighter breakfast, for instance).
Make better choices when filling your plate; these healthy trade-offs are simple switches.