Friday, September 3, 2010

Fire Up The Grill

It is the end of summer, and how are most of us going to be celebrating??  Why with barbecues of course!  There are many ways to indulge without breaking the caloric bank or having to do hours on the treadmill.

Hot dogs?  Hebrew National has a hot dog that is 97% fat free.  It has 40 calories in one hot dog.  They are a little more expensive, but let me tell you they are worth it.  As a self proclaimed hot dog HATER I would eat these, and I have.

Did you know that baked beans are an excellent choice at the barbecue??  They are loaded with fiber.  So take a smaller portion of the mac and potato salad and fill up on the beans.  They are tasty and a super filler.  If you are like my husband and don't like beans, look for the fresh fruit and green salads.  Fill half your plate with the fresh stuff.

Having hamburgers?  Choose the leanest meat.  Use Oroweat Sandwich Thins for your hamburger bun.  These are fantastic for burgers and sandwiches alike!  I have been using mayo made with olive oil.  It is half the fat, actually good for me and it tastes really good!!  Ketchup is a freeby!  Add tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, onions and you have a very satisfying burger!

Desserts?  OMG they are my worst enemy!  Offer to bring something.  Prepare a low fat version of a favorite.  Make the dump cake, or Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler.  Bring your own low fat ice cream.  Choose one dessert or bite size pieces of each one.  Have a snack before the dinner.

Most importantly, have a great time socializing with family and friends.  Eating is the secondary part of the gathering.

How are you going to plan your Labor Day Weekend?


KK said...

I do love baked beans!

Sandra said...

Stupid Canada! That's where I live and there's no way there is a hot dog anywhere in this country that is 97% fat free...and I happen to love hot dogs! Even the full fat ones!

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