It’s Memorial Day weekend. The traditional kick off of summer, and the weekend when many of us invite friends over and fire up the grill for the very first time.
Weekend grilling has us bringing out the burgers, brats, chips and potato salad. But indulging in some of your favorite summer foods doesn’t mean you have to abandon heart health.
Here are a few tips to help you maneuver backyard barbecues.
First, remember that one meal won’t make or break you. It’s the cumulative food intake over time that determines your health. In other words, you don’t have be the odd man out by munching on celery sticks.
Second, avoid big bowls of snacks, even the ones touted as healthy. The Cleveland Clinic recently released a list of seven snacks many of us perceive to be healthy, but that really aren’t. Included on that list are pretzels and baked chips because they have zero nutrients, and can drive insulin production.
Third, enjoy summer’s bounty of fruits and vegetables. They’re especially plentiful, fresh and inexpensive this time of the year. Grilled vegetables are delicious. Skewered on kabobs or brushed with a little oil and cooked directly on the grates, zucchini, asparagus, onions and mushrooms could become your favorite summer grillers. And eat the fruits and vegetables first before you dig into the steak or burger. All that nutritious fiber will fill you up, and you’ll be more likely to eat a small portion of the other stuff.
Finally, keep following your healthy patterns. Eat a healthy breakfast and snack every day. Drink plenty of water especially since warmer weather means you need to hydrate more. Avoid sugary sodas, juices and alcohol.
It’s hard to be perfect when we’re celebrating with family and friends. Sometimes we eat more than we should or too much of the things we shouldn’t. Get back on track as soon as you can. And remember, Step One Foods is always here to help.