It's Time for Shrimp on the Barbie

Fresh Shrimp on the Barbie

Since the arrival of warmer weather, you’ve wanted to do nothing more than head outdoors in order to dust off your beloved grill. You’re bursting with excitement to begin hosting your famous, outdoor barbecues. You can’t think of anything more enjoyable than downing some delicious, grilled food in the presence of your friends and family members. Because you’re dieting, you’re concerned about consuming too many calories at your lively gatherings. If you can relate to this scenario, you might need to overhaul your traditional, grilling menu.

Many people prefer the taste of juicy hamburgers and hotdogs. Unfortunately, these traditional, barbecue meats are often laden with fat, calories, and sodium. If you’re attempting to lose weight this summer, opt for diet friendly meats to grill such as:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • Shrimp
  • Fish
  • Ground turkey burgers
  • Vegetable burgers 


Get Creative with Buns

If burgers are on your barbecue menu, avoid serving calorie, and carbohydrate, loaded buns. Instead of enclosing your burgers between two slices of bread, get creative with your buns. Consider healthy options such as tomatoes, sweet potato buns, lettuce, and Portobello mushrooms.

Savor Healthier Side Dishes

Do you typically serve potato chips, French fries, or potato salad at your barbecues? While these foods are delicious, they can negatively affect your weight loss efforts. Thankfully, you can prepare several, waistline friendly side dishes in mere minutes on your grill. For instance, you can grill:

  • Zucchini
  • Eggplant
  • Corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Bell peppers
  • Pineapple
  • Peaches 

Get Active

Besides preparing healthier entrees and side dishes at your barbecues, plan some fun, calorie burning activities for you and your guests to engage in. For example, everyone will likely enjoy playing a game of flag-football, softball, kickball, or volleyball.

Barbecues are exciting events where friends and family members can devour scrumptious foods while spending quality time together. To make your carefree, summer gatherings both memorable and healthy, consider adhering to the aforementioned tips.


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