4 Ways To Have Healthy Cookouts

Corncobs and meat on grill

It’s officially summer and that means it’s time for cookouts, picnics, and BBQs, but that doesn’t mean you have to break your diet. Nutrition and health coach Sarah Baker reveals how many calories we can save by simply swapping certain foods!

1: Make your burgers healthier (save 500 calories) – Cut down on your meat consumption by using half meat (turkey meat + and half quinoa + kale) – this way you are reducing your meat consumption and adding some extra nutrients from the quinoa and kale. This is the perfect recipe for those who want to add more veggies into their diet, but still want to eat poultry or meat.

2: Say bye to Mayo and buttercream (save 250 calories) – A lot of summer recipes call for fattening ingredients like buttercream and mayo, instead of drenching all of your side dishes in this, add different ingredients that still add savory flavor like pesto, lemon, and even vinegars.

3: Cut sugar with healthier BBQ sauce (save 20 grams of sugar): Store bought brands can be packed with sugar and additives. Instead of using ketchup, use fresh tomatoes and pasta sauce

4: Indulge in something sweet with a festive dairy-Free + healthier trifle dessert (save 150 calories): Great festive dessert made with dairy free banana pudding, gluten free “pound cake” made with coconut flour, and blueberries + strawberries.