It was a long winter and now is the time to enjoy summer cookouts and social gatherings with friends and family! Our friends at Synergy PFT, a personal fitness training studio in Waltham, MA shared these helpful tips for enjoying summer eating while maintaining your healthful eating plan. Some of these tips will come in handy at home and others can be incorporated into your choices while dining at your favorite WooFood restaurants. Hope you are having a great summer!
Corn on the cob - Who doesn't love corn off the grill? But instead of slathering on a ton of butter and salt, simply top it with freshly squeezed lime juice.
Hamburgers -This year, instead of your usual ground beef, choose a leaner cut. Go for sirloin, ground chicken breast or skinless turkey. You can even try mixing the ground beef with the ground poultry when making the patty.
Hamburger buns - It's time you ditched the white flour buns and progressed to the 100 percent whole grain variety. You could also try a 100 percent whole wheat English muffin or the buns marketed as a "sandwich thin" instead.
Potato salad - Sneak extra fiber into the salad by keeping the skins on your potatoes. And try adding white wine vinegar, mustard and a little olive oil in lieu of regular mayonnaise.
Cole slaw - Swap in nonfat Greek yogurt for regular mayo, and add a little apple cider vinegar to give it just the right flavor.
Steak - Why not try a different category of steak...Tuna or salmon steaks are great on the grill, especially when they're brushed with olive oil and seasoned with a little fresh lemon, lime, herbs and spices.
Potato chips - Chips are staples of most cookouts, but they're not always a healthy choice. If you're craving something salty and crunchy, try making your own kale chips instead - a rather popular trend these days. Or simply have a pickle, which can leave you surprisingly satisfied.
Pie - Fresh berry pies are amazing in the summer, but they're usually a bit high in calories. So instead of giving into a slice, create your own healthier version. In a bowl, crumble two graham crackers, then pile on the berries and top them with low-fat Greek yogurt. Voila - your own (healthy) pie!