You guys, the 4th of July is upon us! That means fireworks, parades, fun with friends and family, and of course barbecues!
Typical Independence Day food includes yummy barbeque favorites and ice cold treats to cool you off while you’re having fun in the sun!
While it’s great to enjoy fun holidays and the food that comes along with them, it’s also important to be careful.
These foods are okay once in a while, but too much of them can get in the way of reaching your fitness goals!
You guys know that I’m definitely an advocate for cheat meals.
But to make sure that your 4th of July cheat meal doesn’t turn into a cheat day, check out my favorite tips, hacks, and recipes!
Healthy BBQ Swaps & Tips
Those tempting and scrumptious barbecue delicacies are definitely super delicious. Sadly however, they aren’t the healthiest options.
It is totally possible to enjoy the foods at your get together without going overboard though!
If you’re wanting to enjoy the BBQ while still being health-conscious, consider making the following adjustments.
Skip the Bun
If you’re having hamburgers, hot dogs, or any meat that’s usually served on a bun, and are wanting to limit your carbs, opt to go bun-free.
Instead, you can wrap the burger or dog in lettuce leaves, or just eat it plain with a knife and fork. This will eliminate a handful of simple carbs from your meal.
Beware of Sauces
Sauces can add SO much delicious flavor, but they can also be a secret dangerous pitfall for the fitness conscious.
They may seem innocent enough, but more often than not they hide a load of sugar, fat, or both, and these calories need to be accounted for!
I suggest that you stick to one of the few low-calorie options, such as mustard, or bring a sauce from home that you approve of.
Be Wary of Liquid Calories
Alcohol and sugary drinks like soda and juice are often referred to as “empty calories”.
That’s because they’re surprisingly calorie dense, but virtually all the calories come from sugar and don’t really do your body much good.
You can avoid these empty calories by drinking water instead, but if you want something a little more exciting, a sugar-free water enhancer can be a great option!
Consider the following alternatives:
-Stevia Sweetened Sodas
-Any Sugar-Free Flavored Water