Feasting on BBQs without a Knocking Conscience
During BBQ season, or basically anytime you host gatherings, the food is inevitably the star of the event. Unfortunately, if you’re on the road towards a healthier lifestyle or you’re going on a diet then get ready to miss out on the fun. Simply imagining all the break, sauces and cuts of meat served at your gathering can break your determination; of course you need to consider the tastes and preferences of other guests.
Enjoying a wide array of BBQ foods without ruining your diet or leaving you poor can actually happen. Of course the first step involves planning the dishes with the help of your handy cookbook, you’ll likely adjust the recipes a bit to suit the entire theme; knowing what goes into the dish is important. A huge advantage you have when you decide to cook from scratch is the opportunity to control what goes in the dish and how much is incorporated in it. Quite a lot of guilt will be lifted off your shoulders when you decrease the food additives that go into the dish. Remember that health may be one thing, but the taste of the dish is another crucial factor.
Premium meat can satisfy you as well as add to your guilt; one way you can solve this is by substituting some of the meat for other quality meat alternatives. White meat, like chicken for example, are just fine but sausages can be replaced with crab meat; there are numerous benefits to this simple substitution. Of course crab meat is delicious, but it can also be the dish that makes your BBQ standout from all the other BBQs that your guests have attended; people love a wide array of dishes at parties and gatherings. What’s great about a BBQ is that you can choose what goes in your plate; you can serve all the premium meats that you’re avoiding and not be forced to partake. The easiest way to avoid these temptations is to have an alternative that’s equally tasty. Salads provide a healthy and delicious alternative that can actually fill you up; not only that, but these are great choices for vegetarians and for people with food intolerances.
Out of all the kinds of food out there, sauces are likely the worst when it comes to hidden calories and carbs. Compared to all the cream loaded sauces that you’d usually see, the healthier option would be vinegar dressings and salsas; not only that, but they’re the perfect choice for BBQs. Guacamole is not something you’d see alongside BBQs, but since it has avocado it’s extremely healthy and if you keep the sauce simple it becomes a nice pairing.
BBQs are not all about the food, it’s a creative reason to have family and friends over. Find balance in the dishes you’ll serve by considering the tastes and preferences of guests; even those that don’t want to wallow in guilt after an amazing meal.