Tips for Staying Healthy at Summer BBQs

Goooood morning, lovely people! I hope that your Tuesday is going well so far! My morning started off with my go-to breakfast recently - some plain oatmeal with cinnamon and fresh fruit. I highly recommend that you ditch the pre-packaged maple and brown sugar oatmeal and give this a try. It's much healthier (less sugar) and super easy and delicious. I'll be doing some cardio later as part of the Kayla Itsines BBG guide I'm following (read about it here). For now though I'm starting my morning slow, typing up this blog post for you all, and doing a bit of job hunting.

So we're right in the middle of summer,  I can't believe that it's already July! I'm sure we all have gone to our fair share of BBQs already this summer, and there will be many more for us to enjoy before we enter fall. More often than not, a good old-fashioned summer cookout is not the healthiest affair. Trust me, I love a good hot dog, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, and all of the unhealthiest/most delicious things as much as the next gal, but I do try to keep it a bit healthier (most of the time). So, how can you stay healthy at summer cookouts you ask? Check out my five tips below!

1. Bring your own side dish or dessert

Worried that there won't be any healthy options at the barbecue you're attending? Take matters into your own hands and prepare your own side dish or dessert to bring with you. the host will appreciate the gesture, and you'll have a guaranteed healthy dish to put on your plate. 

2. Stay active

Instead of sitting around with the other guests, get the group together for a game! Throw a Frisbee, set up a volleyball game, or take a walk together after dinner. You'll burn off some of those appetizers and stir up some additional fun for the guests!

3. Taste the rainbow

Sorry guys, I'm not talking about skittles, I'm talking about veggies and fruits! When you're scanning the food table look for the salads, vegetables, and fruits first. Try to load half of your plate with these healthier options to ensure that you can stay on track. 

4. Change it up

If you're hosting, you can easily throw some healthier alternatives on the grill in addition to the hotdogs and hamburgers for everyone else. So, pick up some veggie burgers, make some kabobs, or marinate chicken breasts in a salad dressing (my favorite dressing to use is Tessemae's, you can find it at Whole Foods). Your guests will appreciate the variety of options, too!

5. Don't show up hungry

Just don't do it - it's a death trap, I tell ya! Don't allow yourself to get so busy during the day that you forget to eat before the cookout, or tell yourself that you want to save your appetite for the cookout. If you do, chances are you'll end up overeating, gravitating toward unhealthy options, and ultimately consuming more calories than you would have liked to. 

Do you have any other tips for staying healthy at summer BBQs? I love hearing new ideas - leave your suggestions in the comments!

Cheers to some sunny BBQs this summer!

Jenna