Feasting on BBQs without a Knocking Conscience
Planning gatherings with family and friends is bound to involve a hearty BBQ feast for everyone. 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. Just thinking about all the tasty cuts of meat, bread and sauces can break down your determination to eat healthy and that’s just one issue; as the host, you need to take into account the tastes of the guests.
Enjoying a wide array of BBQ foods without ruining your diet or leaving you poor can actually happen. You need to plan ahead and think of the dishes with the help of your favorite cookbook, even though you’ll likely tweak some of the recipes a bit to fit the theme; you have to know all that goes into the dish. 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. It’s true that the healthy aspect is crucial but so is the taste of the dish.
In reality, premium meat is undeniable tastier and healthier and to help deal with the guilt that you’ll feel you can substitute some of the meat. Chicken and other white meat are just fine, but try serving crab meat instead of sausages; you’d be surprised at the benefits it can offer. Not only is crab meat delicious, but they can be the star of your BBQ sessions and gathering; people enjoy versatility in dishes being served. One of the best things about BBQ sessions is that you can help yourself to the food; even if you provide them with all the naughty food, you’ll still be able to avoid eating them. But you can only really avoid the delicious dishes if the alternative is just as scrumptious. Salads are delicious choices, not only are they incredibly healthy but they are great options for guests that are vegetarians or may have food intolerances.
When hidden carbs and calories are concerned, sauces are the worst culprit compared to all the other food. 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.
Remember, BBQs are not just about the food, they main focus is spending time with the people you love. It’s crucial to look for the perfect balance so everyone actually enjoys the food, even those that don’t want to feel all that guilty afterwards.